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VNA urges closer regional ties in multimedia

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

Source: QDND

Vietnamese, German districts to set up fraternal ties

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Obama hails ties with ‘world power’ India

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

US, Australia expand ties with an eye on China

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

Vietnam, France boost ties at various levels

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Geithner in China for talks on economic ties

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner held talks with his Chinese counterpart Sunday on economic ties amid tensions over China’s currency, which Washington believes is undervalued.


Geithner met Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao a day after a Group of 20 finance ministers meeting wrapped up in South Korea.


Washington has long argued that China’s currency, the yuan, is being kept grossly undervalued in order to help Chinese exporters.


Beijing counters that loose US monetary policy is driving down the dollar and causing a wave of capital to flood emerging markets in search of higher yields.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, pictured on October 23, held talks with his Chinese counterpart Sunday on economic ties amid tensions over China’s currency, which Washington believes is undervalued.

The G20 talks ended on Saturday with an agreement to avoid tit-for-tat currency devaluations and aim for “more market-determined exchange rate systems”.


Following the Geithner-Wang talks, the US Embassy released a statement saying they “exchanged views on US-China economic relations”, without giving further details.


But in an interview conducted ahead of the meeting, Geithner said he believed China would let the yuan appreciate.


“They recognise it’s important to the world. China recognises that and I think we’re going to see them continue to move,” he told Bloomberg Television, in comments published Sunday.


The US Treasury chief said that China had some way to go in loosening its grip on the yuan, Bloomberg reported.


“But I think they’re committed to do that, because they recognise it’s in their interest,” the channel quoted him as saying.


Beijing has bristled at criticism from Washington about the value of the yuan, which some lawmakers have charged is undervalued by as much as 40 percent, giving Chinese exporters an unfair trade advantage.


US President Barack Obama is likely to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Seoul from November 11-12. Obama is scheduled to attend the meeting, but Hu’s attendance has not been officially announced.


In a statement released on Saturday, Geithner said the G20 meeting agreed that a “gradual appreciation” in the currencies of major trade-surplus nations was required.


“Countries with significantly undervalued exchange rates committed to move towards more market-determined exchange-rate systems that reflect economic fundamentals, as China is now doing,” Geithner said in the statement.


But further efforts to stabilise international economic imbalances were necessary if the recovery from the global financial crisis was going to be successful, he added.


“This requires a shift in growth strategies by countries that have traditionally run large trade and current account surpluses, away from export dependence and toward stronger domestic demand-led growth,” Geithner said.


“This entails a range of policy changes, as you can see in the very broad range of domestic reforms being undertaken by China.”


Geithner was scheduled to return to the United States Sunday following his talks with Wang, US officials said.

Last week, China announced that Hu would visit the United States in January next year, as the world’s top two economies seek a way to sort through a host of disputes.

The US trade deficit with China ballooned to a new record in August, sharply widening the overall trade gap, according to official US data released this month.

The two sides are also at odds over a series of trade disputes and human rights issues, such as the case of jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, sparking Beijing’s anger and Washington’s praise.

Source: SGGP

Geithner in China for talks on economic ties

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:54 am

BEIJING, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner held talks with his Chinese counterpart Sunday on economic ties, likely touching on the thorny issue of China’s currency, which Washington believes is undervalued.


Geithner met Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao a day after a Group of 20 finance ministers meeting wrapped up in South Korea, a US official said.


“The two sides exchanged views on US-China economic relations and the preparation for the (G-20) leaders summit in Seoul,” a statement released by the US Embassy said following the talks.


US President Barack Obama is likely to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the summit in Seoul from November 11-12. Obama is scheduled to attend the meeting, but Hu’s attendance has not been officially announced.


US officials refused to detail the specifics of the Geithner-Wang talks, but they likely included China’s currency, the yuan, which Washington believes is being kept grossly undervalued in order to help Chinese exporters.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrives at a press conference following the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Gyeongju, S. Korea on October 23, 2010. AFP

China counters that irresponsibly loose US monetary policy is driving down the dollar and causing a wave of capital to flood emerging markets in search of higher yields.


In a statement released Saturday, the US Treasury chief said the G20 meeting agreed that a “gradual appreciation” in the currencies of major trade-surplus nations was required.


“Countries with significantly undervalued exchange rates committed to move towards more market-determined exchange-rate systems that reflect economic fundamentals, as China is now doing,” Geithner said in a statement.


But further efforts to stabilise international economic imbalances were necessary if the recovery from the global financial crisis was going to be successful, he added.


“This requires a shift in growth strategies by countries that have traditionally run large trade and current account surpluses, away from export dependence and toward stronger domestic demand-led growth,” Geithner said.


“This entails a range of policy changes, as you can see in the very broad range of domestic reforms being undertaken by China.”


Geithner was scheduled to return to the United States Sunday following his talks with Wang, US officials said.


Last week, China announced that Hu would visit the United States in January next year, as the world’s top two economies seek a way to sort through a host of disputes.


Beijing has bristled at criticism from Washington about the value of the Chinese yuan, which some lawmakers have charged is undervalued by as much as 40 percent, giving Chinese exporters an unfair trade advantage.


The US trade deficit with China ballooned to a new record in August, sharply widening the overall trade gap, according to official US data released this month.

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Source: SGGP

WHO list reveals pandemic flu advisors with industry ties

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:21 am

GENEVA, Aug 11, 2010 (AFP) – Five of the 15 experts that advised the World Health Organisation about swine flu pandemic alerts had received support from the drugs industry, including for flu vaccine research, the WHO revealed on Wednesday.

This handout screen capture provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on August 10, 2010 in Geneva shows WHO Director General Margaret Chan speaking during a televised press release annoucing the end of the swine flu pandemic. AFP

The agency released for the first time a list of the 15 members of the Emergency Committee headed by Australian tropical diseases professor John Mackenzie, who was the only member publicly named during the outbreak.


They came from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America, the list posted on the WHO’s website showed.


Most were scientific researchers and epidemiologists, along with a Senegalese diplomat, public health officials from Thailand and Chile as well as two specialists on international air travel and health. The list can be seen at http://www.who.int/ihr/emerg_comm_members_2009/en/index.html.


Critics had raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest that might have helped the drugs industry influence decisions on huge orders for special vaccines against A(H1N1) flu.


The WHO has repeatedly denied those claims, underlining that it had vetted members and maintained secrecy over their identities to protect them from undue pressure while the outbreak of swine flu was underway.


Six people declared interests to the UN health agency, including five researchers who disclosed past or current support from pharmaceutical firms, according to the WHO list.


Nancy Cox, from the US Centers for Disease Control, disclosed financial support from a drugs industry group, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) for flu vaccine research and work on viruses in her unit.


US professor Arnold Monto declared current and past consultancies on pandemic or seasonal influenza research for GSK, Novartis, Roche, Baxter and Sanofi Pasteur.


He also declared a grant from Sanofi for a clinical trial in 2007-2008 related to influenza vaccines.


John Wood’s research unit at Britain’s National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), had undertaken research for Sanofi Pasteur, CSL, IFPMA, Novartis and Powdermed on influenza vaccine.


Professor Maria Zambon’s laboratory at the UK Health Protection Agency Centre for Infection received funding from several vaccine makers, including Sanofi, Novartis, CSL, Baxter and GSK.


British professor Neil Ferguson, an advisor to the committee, had acted as a consultant for Roche and GSK Biologicals until 2007, according to the list.


The WHO said those interests “do not give rise to a conflict of interest such that the experts concerned should be partially or totally excluded from participation in the Emergency Committee.”


The panel provided expert advice to the WHO Director General Margaret Chan about the new swine flu virus, allowing her to raise the alert when it was first uncovered in Mexico and the United States in April 2009.


It was also instrumental in the declaration of a pandemic with global spread of the disease in June 2009, triggering a chain of public health precautions including development and production of an influenza vaccine.


However, swine flu turned out to be less severe than feared.


As the virus petered out in North America and Europe in late 2009, governments sought to offload costly and huge stocks of unused vaccines and some European parliamentarians claimed the scare was unjustified.


Chan announced on Tuesday that the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic was officially over after more than 18,500 people died.


The WHO estimated that about 300 million people had been vaccinated worldwide.

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Source: SGGP

Colombia, Venezuela leaders expected to renew ties

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

BOGOTA, Aug 10, 2010 (AFP) – Colombia and Venezuela were expected to reestablish ties Tuesday as their leaders meet to try defuse a diplomatic crisis over accusations Caracas is harboring Colombian guerrillas.


Colombia’s new President Juan Manuel Santos moved swiftly after his inauguration on Saturday to seek to end the simmering dispute between the two neighbors.


He was to meet his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez in Santa Marta, Colombia, on Tuesday, at the site where South American independence hero Simon Bolivar died in 1830.


Santos told Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by telephone late Monday that the two countries were to resume ties “in the coming hours,” a presidential spokesman in Brasilia told AFP.


Tuesday’s meeting aimed to restore trade and diplomatic links broken by Chavez on July 22, after the former Colombian government of Alvaro Uribe claimed that some 1,500 guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN) were operating in Venezuela.


Relations between Colombia and Venezuela already suffered in July 2009, when Chavez froze ties after Bogota agreed to give the United States access to seven military bases to fight cocaine production and trafficking.

Colombia’s Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin (L) listens to her Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro during a joint press conference after a meeting in San Carlos Palace on August 8, 2010 in Bogota. AFP PHOTO

Many observers saw the change in the Colombian leadership as an opportunity to defuse tensions that saw Chavez order troops to the border last Friday.


“The difficulty in the relations had a lot to do with the problems between presidents Chavez and Alvaro Uribe and the change of government in Colombia makes it possible to open doors,” said border expert Ricardo Abello from Colombia’s El Rosario University.


“I’m a great optimist regarding the building of peace between Venezuela and Colombia,” Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday.


Colombia and Venezuela share a vast land border of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles), and bilateral trade represented some six billion dollars in 2008.


Colombian exports however fell more than 70 percent between January and May this year, compared to the same period in 2009, according to official figures.


In his inaugural address, Santos — who was nonetheless defense minister under Uribe — called for “frank and direct” dialogue with Chavez.


Chavez responded by calling for Colombian guerrillas to free hostages and give up their armed conflict.


Santos also has moved to improve relations with Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s socialist president and a Chavez ally.


As defense minister, Santos ordered a cross-border raid on a FARC camp in Ecuador in March 2008 that killed the guerrilla organization’s number two, Raul Reyes, at a cost of its relations with Quito.


Santos has now turned over Reyes’ captured laptop computer in a conciliatory gesture.


Uribe, a political conservative and staunch US ally, is still facing off with leftist Chavez, after leaving office on Saturday.


Uribe’s former attorney said Monday that the ex-president was willing to testify against Chavez in a case filed at the International Criminal Court on behalf of Colombian victims of FARC violence.


Jaime Granados said that the case was filed last Friday along with another against the Venezuelan state at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.


Both cases related to the alleged presence of FARC guerrilla camps in Venezuela.


Uribe late Sunday used his Twitter account to call on Chavez to stop insulting him, urging the leftist leader to “stop being a coward by hurling insults at a distance.”

Chavez slammed Uribe just after he left office as a “lackey of the Yankee empire,” and said that during his eight years as president he took Colombia down the path of “blood and war.”

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Source: SGGP

Vietnamese and Laotian provinces improve ties

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Vietnamese and Laotian provinces improve ties


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

PANO – A high-ranking delegation, led by Khamphoi Butdavieng, Governor of the Sekong Province in Laos, had a working visit to the central province of Thua Thien – Hue.


Mr. Ho Xuan Man, the Thua Thien-Hue Provincial Party Committee Secretary, met with the Laotian delegation and the two sides reviewed activities and programs carried out by the two provinces over the past years.


In 2009, the Vietnamese province offered 60 tonnes of rice and VND 100 million to help the Laotian province overcome the aftermath of storms.


The two provinces also reviewed their border cooperation, such as the building of the Ta Vang check point and a road, at a cost of VND 3.1 billion by Thua Thien – Hue, for the Laotian province.


The two provinces worked together to survey and erect 13 border milestones, and. they also sent groups to protect the border milestones.


Since 2002, Thua Thien-Hue has helped a Laotian hamlet provide free healthcare and medicines to hundreds of patients, offered tens of tonnes of rice and built a school for local residents. Colleges and universities in Thua Thien-Hue have also provided training for 46 Laotian students.


At the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue their activities and programs to improve socio-economic development in the two provinces.


The two sides will continue to work together in agriculture, forestry and tourism and Thua Thien-Hue will keep on providing healthcare and training to Sokong people.


The two provinces are planning to complete a project to build border milestones in 2011, and put the A Dot – Ta Vang border gate into operation at the end of this year.


Sekong will continue to help Thua Thien-Hue to search for Vietnamese soldiers and specialists who died in the Laotian province during the war, and provide 20 cubic metres of wood to build a dormitory for Laotian students in the Hue Pedagogy College.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND