With a coastline of more than 3,200 km and thousands of islands including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, Vietnam has benefited much from the sea. Vietnam participated in building the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and was one of the first countries to sign and approve the Convention. The 1994 adoption reflects Vietnam’s determination to work with other countries to build an equal order to promote development and cooperation at sea. National maritime policies Its Sea and islands are part of Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction, and are a living space and a gateway to other countries. Being aware of the importance of sea and islands in national construction and defense, Vietnam has managed fishery exploitation in parallel with defending national sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction at sea in order to build a strong, prosperous country. The Communist Party of Vietnam has created a vision and issued … [Read more...] about Vietnam fine-tunes maritime laws
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On December 6 in Hanoi, the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VNDPKO) hosted a seminar titled “Vietnam and the UN peacekeeping operations in the Francophone environment.” Major General Hoang Kim Phung speaks at the event. The event was co-organized by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in association with the department under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific Office of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), the Asia-Pacific Office of the Francophone University Agency (AUF), and the French Embassy in Vietnam. In his remarks, Major General Hoang Kim Phung, VNDPKO Director, underlined the growing role of the Francophone Community in the UN peacekeeping operations. Notably, three out of the four largest UN Missions are currently operating in the French-speaking countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Mali, and the Central African Republic. Delegates in a group photo Vietnam joined the UN … [Read more...] about Vietnam to further join UN peacekeeping operations of Francophone Community
By Công Thành Pomelo are ready for harvest in Đại Bình Village in Quảng Nam Province's mountainous Nông Sơn District. The village has been designed as a farm-based tourism site. VNS Photo Thanh Hòa Sitting on the banks of the Thu Bồn River, Đại Bình Village used to be known for its bumper fruit harvests in the central province of Quảng Nam, but now it has been transformed into a sustainable community-based farm tourism destination. Just 20km from the Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary, the village with a population of 1,200 earned a living for three centuries from growing fruits, but now it's day-trippers who are bringing in the cash. The village was established in 1778 during the country’s southward border expansion journey under Lord Nguyễn Hoàng. The emigration settled the village on the banks of the Thu Bồn River, and the first villagers began growing fruits to make a … [Read more...] about Fruit farms offer rural life experience
Smuggled cigarettes in Binh Phuoc province are destroyed (Photo: sggp.org.vn) HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Prevention of smuggling of goods across the country’s borders is becoming more difficult as the New Year season approaches, according to border authorities. Three districts in Binh Phuoc province (Bu Gia Map, Bu Dop and Loc Ninh) which border Cambodia have seen an increase in smuggled goods. For the first nine months of the year, authorities detected 2,659 smuggling cases. Smuggled goods were mostly cigarettes, sugar and clothing. The amount of issued fines and back taxes totalled over 37 billion VND (1.6 million USD). The smuggling cases are usually carried out by small groups of individuals in a number of ways that have become more sophisticated. Many smugglers use shortcuts through the rocky terrain and rivers that help them elude capture by authorities. Smugglers travel to Cambodia to purchase goods, split up the goods in smaller portions, and then smuggle them into … [Read more...] about Smuggling up as New Year approaches
A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?