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Vietnam wins two golds at ASEAN

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

Vietnamese singers Thu Minh and Kasim Hoang Vu won two gold medals and a prize of VND30 million (US$2,000) each in the folk music category at the ASEAN Golden Voice Festival 2011, which ended in Ho Chi Minh City on January 8.

Sri Nazrina Hj Johari of Brunei and Hershon from Indonesia won two gold medals in the pop music category.

H’Zina Bya of Vietnam and Netta Kusumah Dewi of Indonesia as well as Thu Minh and Kasim Hoang Vu were awarded four silver medals and a prize of VND20 million (US$1,000) each in  two categories  of traditional and contemporary folk music and pop music. In the same categories singers Fig (Brunei), Tung Lam (Vietnam), Plengpraphun Kingthong (Thailand) and Kyaw Zin Min (Myanmar) were awarded  four bronze medals and a prize of VND 10 million (US$500) each.

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City hosts ASEAN Golden Voice Festival 2011

Source: SGGP

U13 Vietnam to face U14 ASEAN

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:10 am

U13 Vietnam to face U14 ASEAN

QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:26 (GMT+7)

The U13 PFV from Ho Chi Minh City, the defending title of the National Youth Football League 2010, will present Vietnam to play with U14 Indonesia in Jakarta on January 12.

The team, coached by former famous player Tran Minh Chien is training at the Thanh Long Sports Complex Centre.

The U14 Indonesia defeated U14 Thailand 3-1 in the final match of the Yamaha ASEAN Cup to win the U14 ASEAN Championship.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

City hosts ASEAN Golden Voice Festival 2011

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

The 2nd ASEAN Golden Voice Festival will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater on January 5, 7 and 8.

         Singers Thu Minh (L) and Kasim Hoang Vu

The contest has attracted nearly 20 singers from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Special invitees from Japan will also join them.

Every country is allowed to send four participants. Representing Viet Nam will be singers Thu Minh, Kasim Hoang Vu, H’Zina Bya and Do Tung Lam.

They will go up against well-known singers including FIQ and Moon (Brunei); Plengpraphun Kingthong and Wongloung Sirilux (Thailand); Khim Su Su Naing and Mr.Kyaw Zin Min (Myanmar); Iqwal Hafiz and Katherine Chan (Malaysia); Netta Kusumah Dewi and Hershon (Indonesia); Uela Basco (Philippines); and finally, Samsann Annda and Vannika (Cambodia).

The competition consists of two categories — traditional and contemporary folk music, and pop. In the pop category, singers will have to perform in English, but folk songs can be in their mother tongues.

The jury will comprise famous Vietnamese musicians such as Tran Long An, Nguyen Ngoc Thien and Duong Thu; Japanese leading music producer Keitaro Kamo; Indonesian music teacher and choreographer Indira Sotyawati.

There will be two categories, each offering four gold medals, four silver medals, four bronze medals, and a prize nominated by audiences. 

The contest is jointly organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television and Cat Tien Sa Advertising Company. The contest will be broadcast live on HTV9 channel and other regional channels.

Vietnam hosted the ASEAN Golden Voice Festival for the first time in 2008.


Source: SGGP

Malaysia wins their first ASEAN Cup

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

Malaysia wins their first ASEAN Cup

QĐND – Thursday, December 30, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)

Malaysia beat Indonesia 4-2 on aggregate to win the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup for the first time in the country’s history on Dec. 29 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A loss of 1-2 to the hosts in the final’s second leg match could not stop Malaysia from opening a new chapter in the history of the regional football tournament which up until now had been dominated by three-time winners Thailand and Singapore.

Mohd Safee Sali opened the scoring for Malaysia nine minutes after the break. Until then Indonesia had made things difficult for their opponents, attacking aggressively with a view to levelling the three-goal deficit they faced after the first leg match.

The talented player who scored twice in the semi-final against Vietnam got his goal after he received a long-range pass and shot truly into the net.

The goal made him the top striker of the tournament with five goals to his name.

Indonesia, with their President watching on, found their equaliser in the 71st minute when defender Mohammad Nasuha scored from near the edge of the box.

His team doubled their tally 17 minutes later when Muhammad Ridwan scored his third goal at the tournament. His strong shot deflected off a Malaysian player before entering the net.

Malaysia is surprise winner of the tournament. At the previous championship two years ago they were ousted in the qualifying round.

This time they were placed in the ‘group of death’ together with Thailand and Indonesia and after their humiliating 1-5 loss to hosts Indonesia in the group stage, no one gave them a chance.

The team, which only made it through to the knockout stage after Thailand, the most powerful team in Southeast Asia, was eliminated from the championship.

However, after that they had a complete reversal of form. First there was a great 2-0 victory over defending champion Vietnam in the semi-final and then a 3-0 victory over Indonesia in the final’s first leg on Dec. 26.

It has been be a very successful year for Malaysia with two important titles going to them in the last twelve months. Last December Malaysia defeated Vietnam 1-0 to claim the Southeast Asian Games Cup.

The Dec. 29 match did not help Indonesia’s coach Alfred Riedl shake off his ‘Mr Silver’ moniker. Once again, he pocketed a silver medal, just as he has done on every single occasion he has taken a team to a tournament final. The previous occasions were when he worked with Vietnam several years back.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

SeABank receives ASEAN Business Award

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

ASEAN Symphony orchestra’s debut in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 10:12 am

Vietnam contributes to good relations between ASEAN and partners

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Vietnam contributes to good relations between ASEAN and partners

QĐND – Saturday, October 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

State President Nguyen Minh Triet received leaders attending the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits, including the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Hanoi on October 30.

He confirmed Vietnam has continued to strengthen bilateral and multilateral relations with countries in the region and the world, contributing to the development of good relations between ASEAN and its partners.

Vietnam hopes ASEAN’s partners will continue cooperating and assisting the region in carrying out its goal of building a successful ASEAN community, and support the bloc’s key role in regional forums, he noted.

Earlier, President Triet welcomed the President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Lee Myung-bak, who was attending the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits.

He applauded the Korean President for joining the events and affirmed that the relationship between Vietnam and the RoK is developing well, and the two sides should push for high-ranking visits to reinforce trust and bilateral cooperative opportunities.

Vietnam wants Korean businesses to increase investment in infrastructure, high technology and diplomacy to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, he said.        

President Triet highly appreciated the fact that President Lee Myung-bak paid attention to and dealt with the sad situations of some Vietnamese brides in Korea, and Vietnam wants both sides to exchange ideas to build a legal framework to protect Vietnamese brides in the RoK. He emphasised that coordination to resolve the situation recently demonstrated mutual trust, sharing and understanding.

The Korean President confirmed his visit to Vietnam last year had resolved many issues and helped the two countries overcome difficulties. He said the Korean people are very sad about the unfortunate events involving Vietnamese brides. The Korean Government has added regulations concerning this issue and the Korean people also increased their awareness and now pay more attention to the situation of foreign brides.

He said at present, there are 14 countries providing labourers to the RoK and Vietnam has the largest number, Korean businesses always want to use Vietnamese labourers because they are industrious and highly-skilled. He also said he believed that, as an intelligent and hard-working country, Vietnam will soon become one of the strongest in the South East Asian region.        

President Lee Myung-buk invited President Triet to visit the RoK and said he hopes the two countries will cooperate in international forums.

On the occasion, the Korean President informed the Vietnamese President that the RoK had finished procedures to prepare for importing dragon fruit, one of Korea’s favourite fruits, from Vietnam.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

ASEAN leaders gather as turbulence buffets region

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:09 am

Southeast Asian leaders meet Thursday with their region assailed by currency tensions, territorial disputes and pressure to act on troublesome neighbour Myanmar’s looming elections.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi also takes place against a backdrop of increasingly assertive behaviour by China which has put the region on edge.

The gathering of the 10-member ASEAN bloc shifts gear Saturday when it widens into the 16-nation East Asia Summit, also taking in Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.

Talks mooted between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Japanese counterpart Naoto Kan are in doubt after the two nations became embroiled in their worst diplomatic row in years, centred on a disputed East China Sea island chain.

A police officer directs traffic at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi on October 27, 2010

A meeting scheduled for Friday between the economic ministers of Japan, China and South Korea has already been cancelled, casting further doubt on the two-way talks between Asia’s biggest powers.

A Japanese trade ministry official blamed the cancellation on scheduling problems, but Kyodo news, citing government sources, said China axed the talks due to a spat over its export restrictions on rare earth minerals.

In a parallel issue, the United States and Southeast Asian countries are concerned over China’s robust approach to maritime sovereignty in the South China Sea, where several nations are claimants.

“We must ensure that this does not become an issue that is going to burden ASEAN, that creates the impression as if our region is afflicted by tensions, by competitions,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Wednesday.

ASEAN has a policy of non-interference in members’ affairs but some of its stronger democracies have spoken out on Myanmar after coming under pressure to act over the November 7 polls, which have been widely derided as a sham.

“There is a perception of a credibility deficit but it’s not too late, we think, to try to address that,” Natalegawa said Wednesday. “But I wouldn’t want to belittle the kind of efforts that we need to make.”

The ballot is the country’s first in two decades but has been discredited by the exclusion of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is under house arrest — a measure due to end days after the election.

Asked how hopeful ASEAN was that the elections would be credible, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo replied: “We will see.”

When questioned about a push for Myanmar to permit foreign observers to supervise the voting, he said Wednesday that was “not the point”.

“The point is, will there be credible elections if Aung San Suu Kyi and the others are not part of it? It’s not the observers, it’s the participation of all,” he said.

Western governments as well as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon — who holds talks Friday with ASEAN leaders — have repeatedly said the vote will not be credible unless Suu Kyi and other opponents are freed.

The UN chief has expressed his growing “frustration” with the Myanmar junta in recent weeks and called on its neighbours to be more aggressive with its pariah neighbour or risk tarnishing their own democratic credentials.

The summit is also expected to sound the alarm over the “currency war” that has sent exchange rates and share prices rocketing in the region’s emerging economies.

While China has kept a tight grip on the yuan, Japan and emerging Asian economies have seen their currencies soar against the US dollar, making their exports less competitive and inviting a massive inflow of foreign capital.

“These issues need to be discussed in the context of ASEAN and ASEAN+6, where member countries could fashion a common approach to these regional challenges,” the World Bank said in a report last week.

But coming up with a regional response at the three-day summit which begins Thursday could prove challenging.

Capital inflows push Asian currencies higher still and have led to steep gains in stocks and property prices, fuelling fears of higher inflation and speculative bubbles that could burst if the money exits as fast as it arrived

Source: SGGP

ASEAN economic senior officials meet in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 1:39 am

ASEAN economic senior officials meet in Hanoi

QĐND – Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

ASEAN economic senior officials gathered in Hanoi on October 27 to review procedures and documents for the ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting on October 28.

They discussed measures to strengthen the ASEAN economic community in 2015 and the methods members could achieve their own economic goals.

They also discussed a document that will be signed to strengthen economic co-operation between ASEAN and its partners. Inner bloc co-operation will present two important documents: a Protocol to Provide Special Consideration for Rice and Sugar and a Protocol to Implement the Eighth Package of Commitments. They will also review a document between ASEAN and China to facilitate trade and grant certificates of origin.

Officials also evaluated some ASEAN co-operation activities to create the best conditions for businesses to operate.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

National Committee reviews Vietnam’s ASEAN presidency

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

National Committee reviews Vietnam’s ASEAN presidency

QĐND – Friday, October 22, 2010, 23:13 (GMT+7)

The National Committee for ASEAN 2010 held its eighth session in Hanoi on October 21 to review Vietnam’s ASEAN presidency and prepare for the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits that will take place in Hanoi from October 28-30.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the session, which took place under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, who is also Chairman of the National Committee for ASEAN 2010.

Deputy Foreign Minister Dao Viet Trung, who is permanent Secretary General of the National Committee for ASEAN 2010, said that since the committee’s previous session on August 30, Vietnam continued to uphold the role of ASEAN Chair, successfully hosting and chairing many important events and activities.

They included the unofficial ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 2nd ASEAN-US leaders’ meeting, the meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers with UN General Secretary and the President of the 65th UN General Assembly, the 1st ASEAN security chiefs’ meeting, the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting and the 1st ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+), the 31st AIPA General Assembly and the 6th ASEAN People’s Forum.

At the October 21 session, Sub-committees and units of the National Committee for ASEAN 2010 reported on preparations for the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits, which were nearly completed.

Addressing the session, PM Dung said that with its pro-activity and responsibility, Vietnam implemented well-planned targets and programmes and recommended positive and practical initiatives, which markedly contributed to ASEAN development, boosting the construction of the ASEAN Community, expanding cooperation between ASEAN and its partners, and raising the ASEAN’s role and position.

PM Dung praised the efforts of the National Committee for ASEAN 2010 and relevant ministries and agencies for their contributions to the many successes.

The Prime Minister stressed that the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits would be particularly important events of the ASEAN 2010 Year. He asked the committee and related ministries and agencies to try their best to make the events successful, making a fine impression about Vietnam and raising the country’s role and position in the region and the world.

Source: VOVNews/VNA



Source: QDND