Followers of religions in Viet Nam are equal and free to religious practice

Spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam Phan Thuy Thanh, Sep. 10, answering question about Viet Nam

Five-day Working Week from October

Nhan Dan Aug 29--The Government has decided to carry out a five-day working week, starting from October 2 with two days off.

If a holiday coincides with Saturday or Sunday, administrative employees will have the following day off.

Beneficiaries are cadres, civil servants and people working in the administrative offices and socio-political organisations of the State.

If any departments of education and health sectors face difficulties, a six-day working week system will be still implemented until the first day of the year 2000.

Malaysia's construction of some projects on the En Ca area belonging to the Truong Sa archipelago

Nhandan Aug. 26 --Vietnam has sufficient historical and legal evidences to prove its indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, reiterated a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi on August 25.

The spokesperson affirmed Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes while answering a Vietnam News Agency correspondent's question on Vietnam's viewpoint on Malaysia's construction of some projects on the En Ca area belonging to the Truong Sa archipelago.

The foreign ministry spokesperson on Korean issues

"Peace and stability on the Korean peninsular directly relates to peace and stability in Asia and the Pacific. Viet Nam supports all efforts aimed at promoting dialogue and co-operation, thus contributing to ensuring peace and long-term stability in the region. Viet Nam supports the Korean people

Vietnam wants to boost co-operation with APEC members

Nhan Dan 8/9- Hanoi -Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam granted an interview to Nhan Dan before his departure for the 11th APEC Ministerial Meeting and the Seventh APEC Summit to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 9-10 and September 12-13, respectively.

Nhan Dan: Vietnam has joined the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum for nearly a year now, can you elaborate Vietnam

Coca-Cola Invests in three national education programs in Vietnam

Coca-Cola press release

HO CHI MINH CITY, July 29, 1999 -- Mr. Douglas N. Daft, Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company and President, Middle and Far East Group, today officially opened the 14th Coca-Cola Learning Center at the Binh Thanh District's Youth Cultural House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. By the end of this year, the number of centers will have doubled to 28, covering half of the provinces nationwide.

32ND ASEAN Ministerial Meeting is successful

Ha Noi, July 28 (VNA) -- The 32nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM-32) and the 6th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF-6) held recently in Singapore were successful in an intensified atmosphere and frank and cooperative spirit, said the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Ms. Phan Thuy Thanh.

The spokesperson affirmed fine results of AMM-32 while answering Viet Nam-based Kyodo correspondent's question about the Vietnamese Government's assessment on AMM-32 and ARF-6 in Ha Noi today, July 28.

Vietnam and The United States Reach in Principle Trade Agreement

Today (July 25, 1999), negotiators from the US and Vietnam have arrived at an agreement in principle on the terms of a Bilateral Trade Agreement. The Agreement addresses issues concerning trade in goods and services, protection of intellectual property, and investment relations between the two countries. The two sides will now work to finalize the technical details in order to submit a formal agreement to their governments and competent bodies to approve. Enactment of the Agreement would mark a major step in the normalization of economic relations between the two countries.

Vietnam's Population is 76.3 Million

VNA Ha Noi, July 23 -- Vietnam's population at 00.00 hr, April 1, 1999, was 76.3 million, announced the General Statistics Office (GSO) at a news briefing on the initial results of the National Population and Housing Census in Ha Noi today, July 23.

Males were 49.2 percent, and females, 50.8 percent, said GSO Director Le Van Toan, who is also deputy head of the National Committee for the Population and Housing Census. He added that the urban population was 23.5 percent, and the rural population, 76.5 percent.

Vietnam's position on Taiwan issue

On 17 July 1999, answering Xinhua News Agency correspondent's question about the recent announcement by Mr. Lee Teng-hui that Taiwan abandoned one China policy, the foreign ministry spokeswoman said:

Answer: Vietnam's position on Taiwan issue has been clearly stated on many occasions: Vietnam recognizes the Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legitimate representative of the whole China; Taiwan is inseparable territory part of China.