PANO – General Ngo Xuan Lich, Member of the Politburo and Defense Minister, will lead a high-ranking Vietnamese military delegation paying an official visit to Russia at the invitation of General Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu, Russian Defense Minister. During the visit, the Vietnamese Defense Minister will also take part in the fifth Moscow International Security Conference and in the meeting between the host defense minister and the leaders of military delegations of ASEAN countries. Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang, Chief of the Defense External Affairs Department, gave an interview to the People’s Army Newspaper. Reporter: Can you reveal the main purpose of the official visit of the Vietnamese Defense Minister to Russia? Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang: Looking at the schedule, we can see three main activities: Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich’s official visit to Russia; Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and the Vietnamese delegation participating in the fifth … [Read more...] about Defense Minister’s visit to Russia confirms Vietnam’s policy on international integration
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VietNamNet Bridge - The Global Times, a supplement of the People's Daily newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, recently had a commentary slandering Vietnam, which said that Vietnam wants to use Cam Ranh port as "bait" in exchange for Russia's support against China in the East Sea territorial dispute. The Global Times cited the Itar-Tass news agency of Russia as saying that in an interview on June 19, Vietnam's Ambassador to Russia Pham Xuan Son said that Vietnam and Russia are still discussing the establishment of a joint venture to provide maintenance services for civil and military vehicles in the port of Cam Ranh and affirmed that the two countries are cooperating in the field of oil and gas exploration and helicopter manufacturing. … [Read more...] about Chinese newspaper misrepresents Vietnam – Russia relations
VietNamNet Bridge - In June 2012, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) illegally invited bids for nine oil blocks off the coast of central Vietnam. China's aims and strategies have not changed as it wants to control the East Sea and then share the Pacific Ocean with America.China's apparent intentions emerge one month after oil-rig deployment Some experts have said that China's deployment of the HD-981 oil rig in Vietnam's waters is a response to US President Barack Obama's visit to four Asian countries from April 21-29 and an action to satisfy its thirst for energy. … [Read more...] about What is China’s target after the HD-981 oil rig incident?
It's too late for London, but US Olympians in 2014 will be clad in Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms made in the United States, the fashion firm and the US Olympic Committee said. Sketches provided by Ralph Lauren shows the US Olympic team uniforms for the 2012 London Games. A statement issued Friday by the fashion house confirmed the company had committed to producing Team USA's uniforms for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Games in the US Photo: AFP The announcement, made Friday, came in the wake of bitter criticism from US lawmakers over the fact that the uniforms that US Olympians will wear at the opening and closing ceremonies in London are made in China. "With athletes having already arrived in London, and the apparel distribution process beginning this weekend, we are unfortunately not able to make a change for London," USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun said. "We are absolutely committed, however, to working with our sponsors to ensure that … [Read more...] about Designer says future US uniforms to be made in USA
China's latest space mission is its most ambitious yet and shows Beijing's resolve to increase its technological capabilities and bridge the gap with the United States and Russia, experts say. The Shenzhou-9 rocket blasted off from the Gobi desert on Saturday with three astronauts on board -- including, for the first time, a woman -- to conduct China's first manned space docking, the latest step towards setting up a space station. The mission marks a huge stride forward for China, which in 1999 kicked off its manned space programme with the launch of Shenzhou-1 ("Divine Vessel" in Chinese) with no crew on board. Two years later, Shenzhou-2 lifted off with small animals aboard, and in 2003, China sent its first man into space. Since then, it has completed a space walk in 2008 and an unmanned docking between a module and rocket last year. But the latest mission is even more technically demanding, as astronauts will have to control the space docking manually. The procedure will put … [Read more...] about China’s space mission shows growing ambitions