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VNA urges closer regional ties in multimedia

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Source: QDND

Con Dao selected as an impressive regional destination

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Vietnam’s IT industry yet to satisfy regional advanced standards

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 7:19 am

US, Russia join Asian summit as regional spats simmer

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

HANOI (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday join 16 Asia-Pacific leaders at a summit in Vietnam dominated by China’s territorial disputes.

The United States and Russia will be formally invited as members of the East Asia Summit at the group’s annual gathering, in what analysts say is a blow to Chinese attempts to diminish US influence in the region.

Their entry into the EAS, which elevates its diplomatic heft, comes despite Chinese attempts to promote another grouping — which does not include the US — as the region’s premier forum for regional cooperation.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Hanoi Oct. 30. AFP

US membership is seen as part of its strategic return to Southeast Asia to balance China’s growing influence in the region, where Beijing’s more aggressive stance on territorial disputes has unnerved its smaller neighbours.

Clinton, in a speech on Asia-Pacific relations made in Honolulu earlier this week, downplayed suggestions the US is duelling with China for influence.

“There are some in both countries who believe that China’s interests and ours are fundamentally at odds. They apply a zero-sum calculation to our relationship. So whenever one of us succeeds, the other must fail,” she said.

“But that is not our view.”

Nevertheless, China has been irritated by Washington wading into the issue of its claim over the resource-rich South China Sea, where several Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries are also claimants.

Clinton said in July that resolving disputes over the strategic area is “pivotal” to regional stability and offered to negotiate a settlement.

On the eve of the Hanoi summit, China hit out at Clinton’s remarks that other disputed islands in the East China Sea, the flashpoint for a serious feud with Japan, fall within the scope of the US-Japan security alliance.

“The Chinese government and people will never accept any word or deed that includes the Diaoyu islands within the scope of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.

The disputed islands — called Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan — have been at the centre of a deepening row between Beijing and Tokyo which erupted again in Hanoi, evaporating hopes for talks between their leaders.

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara met his Chinese counterpart Friday and said they had agreed to improve ties. Japan’s delegation announced direct talks between the leaders, but then retracted the statement.

China’s assistant foreign affairs minister, Hu Zhengyue, then issued a statement using extremely strong terms to condemn Japan.

“Japanese diplomatic authorities have partnered with other nations and stepped up the heat on the Diaoyu island issue,” he said.

He said Japanese comments had “violated China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“The Japanese moves, which is clear for everyone to see, have ruined the needed atmosphere for a meeting between the two leaders. Japan should take full responsibility for the result.”

Japanese Premier Naoto Kan’s spokesman, Noriyuki Shikata, said there was no reason for “heightened tensions… between the two countries” and that Japan stood ready to “engage in dialogue.”

The neighbours have been feuding since the September 8 arrest of a Chinese trawler captain after a collision with Japanese coastguard vessels near the disputed East China Sea island chain.

The United States called on China and ally Japan to ease tensions.

“We want China and Japan to sit down, to have dialogue and work through the issues,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters in Washington.

“We would hope that both countries will take affirmative steps to de-escalate tensions around this issue and that will create the conditions for a meaningful dialogue.”

The East Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on strategic, political and economic issues involving the 10-member Southeast Asian bloc as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.

Source: SGGP

Young Vietnamese players to compete at regional football tournament

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:58 am

Young Vietnamese players to compete at regional football tournament

QĐND – Monday, October 04, 2010, 21:47 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese U19 National Squad will play Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Japan at the final round of the Asian U19 Football Championship 2010.

At 4.30pm on October 4 in China, the young Vietnamese players play their first match with Jordan, a strong team in the region.

This is the first time the Vietnamese U19 squad will play at the final round of the football tournament, however, the team will try to earn 3 points from its first match.

According to coach Trieu Quang Ha, the squad, with young players gathered from national tournaments, have prepared carefully for the upcoming matches played last month, and he hoped that the team will try its best during the tournament.

Earlier, the Vietnam U19 squad won two matches and drew one against the Korean U19 squad, said to be one of the best teams in the region.

Source: NLD

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Vietnam leads regional Pencak Silat tournament

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam leads regional Pencak Silat tournament

QĐND – Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

Vietnam won the championship title with 14 gold, five silver and three bronze medals at the third Southeast Asian Pencak Silat tournament which took place from August 5-10 in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

In the final rounds, Nguyen Van Hoang, Nguyen Thai Linh and Bui Van Doan in the men’s 55 kg, 60 kg and 65 kg, and Bui Thi Phi Nga and Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy in the women’s 50 kg and 65kg categories won gold medals.

Malaysia ranked second with six gold, nine silver and five bronze medals, followed by Brunei with two golds, one silver and seven bronzes.

 The event provided a good opportunity for the Vietnamese team to prepare for the world’s Pencak Silat 2010 to be held in Indonesia by the end of this year.

The tournament attracted the participation of over 100 martial artists from Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore , Timor Leste and host Vietnam. The martial artists competed in 16 weight categories in both performance and combat events.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Lam Dong wants regional links for Lien Khuong

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Lam Dong wants regional links for Lien Khuong

QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Lam Dong Province will send its representatives to Laos on a mission to look for the opportunity to establish air connections between Lien Khuong Airport in this Central Highlands province and well-known destinations in the region

Lam Dong’s vice chairman Hoang Sy Son told the Daily that the mission to promote the recently-upgraded airport was scheduled to take place soon later this year following positive results of similar trips to Singapore and Cambodia’s Siem Reap in previous months.

Son said as Singapore, Siem Reap and Laos were tourist-frequented spots, international flight links between these destinations and Lien Khuong Airport would help bring more foreign travelers to Lam Dong and give a boost to its tourism.

Wellness, eco-tourism and MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) remain the key products the local tourism sector was developing to meet the demand of both domestic and foreign visitors.

“More luxury hotels are up and running, especially the properties able to host major international conferences,” Son said. He added resort developments out of Dalat City and other sites in the province were also on track.

Son said Lam Dong had learnt a good lesson from the 28th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME 28) in the resort town of Dalat last month and what facilities the province would invest to better host big events.

Lien Khuong Airport, about 30 kilometers from Dalat, demonstrated its capacity to service international flights from the region as it successfully handled international charter flights during the SOME 28.

Lam Dong attracted around 2.5 million travelers last year to its capital city Dalat and other destinations, and is looking to more than three million in 2010. International arrivals are forecast to account for 10% of this year’s number.

Currently, Lien Khuong is the destination for the only regular domestic flights operated by Vietnam Airlines though this airport was upgraded in the fourth quarter of 2009 to handle more passengers and more aircraft.

A new well-equipped terminal at Lien Khuong can serve two million passengers a year and the 3,250-meter-long, 45-meter-wide runway is good for Airbus A320s and A321s as well as Boeing B737s to land and take off during the daytime and at night. The parking area has enough space for seven aircraft.

Lien Khuong handled around 205,000 passengers and nearly 2,500 tons of cargo last year, a year-on-year increase of 46% and 39% respectively. The corresponding rises in the first half of this year were up to 60% to 134,000 passengers and 55% to more than 1,570 tons compared to the same period last year.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

PetroVietnam table tennis team competes at regional games

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

PetroVietnam table tennis team competes at regional games

QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

The PetroVietnam table tennis team left on July 26 for the ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE) Games in Singapore from July 27 to August 2.

The team, who won the men’s team gold medal at the International Table Tennis Golden Paddle Tournament last week, will compete with a five-member squad including two-time Olympian Doan Kien Quoc, Ho Ngoc Thuan, Ha Minh Tuan and two Chinese players Kou Lei and Yang Ce.

This will be the first time that the team have taken part in the annual tournament, said the team coach Truong Thoi Nhiem.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnamese athletes compete at the regional student sports competition

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Vietnamese athletes compete at the regional student sports competition

QĐND – Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

More than 4,000 athletes from Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia are now competing at ten sports events, including track and field, sepak takraw, golf, badminton, swimming, gymnastic, tennis, table tennis, volleyball and basketball, at the second ASEAN student sports festival in Malaysia from July 13th to 21st.

Over 100 Vietnamese athletes are only competing at five events, track and field, swimming, gymnastics, basketball and badminton.

In addition to the sport competition, other activities, such as cultural exchanges and exploring local tourist sites, will be held for all participants.

Source: NLD

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Da Nang hosts regional meteorology conference

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Da Nang hosts regional meteorology conference

QĐND – Monday, May 10, 2010, 22:19 (GMT+7)

Meteorologists from ASEAN countries, Japan and the Republic of Korea gathered in Da Nang City on May 10 to discuss, study and forecast natural disasters and how to respond to them.

The 32 nd meeting of the ASEAN Sub-committee on Meteorology and Geo-physics (SCMG) reviewed the progress of projects and initiatives that were ratified at the previous meeting in Thailand in 2009.

During the three-day conference, the participants will discuss three principal topics; earthquakes and tsunamis, tropical storms in the East Sea and trans-border ash clouds.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Van Duc, told the gathering that Southeast Asia is one of the regions to be most frequently hit by natural disasters, which occur because of both meteorological and geophysical reasons.

He also said the meteorology and geo-physics sub-committee has taken part in many projects and stepped up international cooperation to improve member countries’ capacity in this area, especially weather forecasting, to deal with the socio-economic impacts of natural disasters around the region.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND