The Hanoitimes - One of the reasons making Vietnam a key partner of the US is its well-equipped army with the import of advanced weapons over the past years. Washington looks to send second aircraft carrier to Vietnam this year How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership? Vietnam, US look to advance maritime security ties Vietnam, US share views on regional peace maintenance Vietnam, US discuss settlement of disputes in East Sea US Assistant Defense Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver once affirmed that Vietnam has appeared to be a valued partner for Washington in the Indo-Pacific region. Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and US Defense Secretary James Mattis on the sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue 2018 in Singapore in June 2018. Photo: AP The senior official discussed the US-Vietnam strategic cooperation during a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in … [Read more...] about Why does the US consider Vietnam an important Indo-Pacific partner?
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Arkady Dvorkovich, the new president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), and Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo, president and CEO of Vietjet Air, and one of the founders of the HDBank tournament, award prizes to the winning chess players of the ninth edition of the tournament. VNS Photo Văn ChâuViet Nam News HCM CITY — The No 1 seed, Grandmaster (GM) Wang Hao of China, won the 9th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament 2019, which closed on Wednesday (March 13) in HCM City after a week of exciting world-class competition among 304 players. He received the top prize ($16,000) from Arkady Dvorkovich, the new president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Wang Hao, who was born in 1989, was also the winner of the 6th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament in 2016, and the third-prize winner in the Under-10 division of the World Youth Chess Championships in Spain in 1999. This year, Wang Hao, who has participated in the HDBank … [Read more...] about 9th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament closes after exciting week of world-class competition
Manafort, who turns 70 in April, was convicted by a Virginia jury in August of five counts of filing false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report a foreign bank account. Manafort is one of a half dozen former Trump associates and senior aides charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. The sentencing guidelines for Manafort's crimes call for between 19 and 24 years in prison but his defense attorneys have urged Judge T.S. Ellis to impose a "substantially" lower jail term. In a filing with the judge, they said Manafort is "truly remorseful" and is in poor health after spending the past nine months in prison. They pointed out that Manafort, who suffers from gout, is a first-time offender and said the sentencing guidelines are "clearly disproportionate" for the crimes he committed. Mueller's team issued a scathing … [Read more...] about Former Trump campaign chief to be sentenced, could face life in prison
As planned, the two leaders will hold a high-level meeting on July 16 in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Ahead of such an important event, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stated that Moscow hoped the Trump-Putin summit would serve as a platform for a frank conversation on all the issues that trouble Russia-US relations. Meanwhile, the international public and analysts also place high expectations on the aforementioned meeting to write a new page in the US-Russia relations, while discussing and resolving many regional and international issues. Commenting on the prospects of the forthcoming Russia-US summit, the Chinese media stated that the move would open up new opportunities for the two sides to tackle a number of important issues, particularly those related to Northeast Asia and the Middle East. As for the Northeast Asian region, including China and the US’s major partners and allies, the US-Russia relations warming up could help the US to ensure a peace process … [Read more...] about Russia-US summit: High expectations and multiple challenges
“I am very happy to share a good news about my European trip this time. I was awarded the second prize in the Oleggio International Piano Competition in Italy last night! I am very grateful to my family, teachers and friends for all their sincere support. Thank you very much!” Quang wrote on his Facebook page. Popular Vietnamese pianist Luu Hong Quang (centre) wins the second prize at the Oleggio International Piano Competition The first edition of the competition attracted 80 contestants aged 18-37. After the qualifying round based on the contestants’ video clips, the jury chose 30 contestants for the final round, who were winners of various international contests, from Russia, Italy, France, Ukraine, Japan, China and Vietnam. Each contestant had to pass two further rounds. The first round was for 20 minutes. Six contestants from the first round were selected for the second round, in which the contestants had to play for 50 minutes. Quang played S. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese pianist wins prize in Italian music contest