Spokeswoman on Human Rights Watch comments

"It is regrettable that though recognising Vietnam's achievements in the recent past and welcoming the Vietnamese Government's decision to release tens of thousands of prisoners from detention camps, the Human Rights Watch report gave biased comments on what is going on in Vietnam," said the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Ms Phan Thuy Thanh.

Vietnam Television programs in North America

From April 27, 2000, Vietnam Television will begin to air its daily 4-hour programs in North America, which includes Canada and the USA. It is necessary to own a satellite dish in order to receive the programs. Following is the technical specification for the reception:

Satellite Name: Telstar-5 Ku-band

Size of receiver: 80 cm and up
Orbital Location: 97 degree W
Transponder No: xp 8
Uplink Frequency: 14,174 MHz

Downlink Frequency: 11,874MHz

Downlink Polarization: Horizontal

Digital: MCPC
Feed: Linear

FM Spokesperson on Addressing War Consequences

Those countries that conducted and took part in the aggressive wars against Vietnam should take concrete measures, especially in the form of practical and effective co-operation with the country, to settle the aftermath of the war in Viet Nam.

So said a foreign ministry spokesperson in reply to the Vietnam News Agency's query on the Government's viewpoint regarding the requests of many foreign mass organisations that their governments officially apologise to and compensate war victims in Vietnam.

Senator John McCain's visit to Vietnam

US senator John McCain congratulated the Vietnamese people over the achievements, they had recorded by and said he wished the two countries would sign a trade treaty soon.

Mr McCain was speaking at a reception given to him by National Assembly Chairman Nong Duc Manh in Hanoi on April 26.

Mr McCain thanked Vietnam for its efficient collaboration and assistance in seeking the remains of US servicemen listed as missing in action during the American war. As the nation commemorated the 25 years of Vietnam

Spokeswoman on Human rights in Vietnam



Ha Noi, April 14 -- "The adoption of a resolution on human rights in Vietnam by the External Relations Committee of the US House of Representatives is a gross interference in Vietnam's internal affairs which deliberately distorts reality and goes against the process of improving relations between the two countries." Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Phan Thuy Thanh was answering a foreign correspondent's question on the matter on April 13. Her statement is as following:

Additional 65 foreign-invested projects licensed in first quarter

Ha Noi, April 7 (VNA) -- An additional 65 foreign-invested projects were licensed in the first quarter of this year with a combined investment capital of USD 148 million.

Ho Chi Minh City topped the list with 21 projects valued at USD 51 million. Binh Duong province, next to Ho Chi Minh City, had 24 projects licensed worth only USD 16.5 million; and Ha Noi had four projects valued at USD 4.4 million.

Vietnam putting aside the past, looking foward the future

Hanoi, Mar. 13 (VNA) -- "We advocate putting aside the past and looking toward the future for joint development cooperation in our relations with the United States as well as with other countries that once were hostile to Vietnam," the spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry said in Hanoi on Mar. 13.

Phan Thuy Thanh was answering a foreign correspondents' question on Vietnam's reaction to US Defense Secretary William Cohen's statement in Hong Kong on Mar. 12 that he would make no apologies for the war in Vietnam during his visit to the country.

US Defense Secretary's visit to Vietnam

Hanoi, Mar. 13 (VNA) -- Defense Secretary of the United States William Cohen arrived in Hanoi this morning, March 13, beginning a three-day official visit to Vietnam which extends from March 13-15. He was accompanied by other senior officers and US Ambassador to Vietnam Douglas Peterson.

He was welcomed at the Defence Ministry's Guest House by Vietnamese Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Pham Van Tra, Deputy Defence Minister Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Huy Hieu, and other senior officers. Right after the welcoming ceremony, Pham Van Tra and William Cohen held talks.

Vietnam Pushes Trade Deal with US

National Assembly Chairman Nong Duc Manh and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam held separate talks with members of a visiting delegation from the US House of Representatives on February 23, saying that Vietnam always wanted to speed up negotiations for a trade agreement with the US.

Mr Manh told Bill Archer, chairman of the House

FM Spokeswoman on US Senator John McCain's use of "ill-will words"

Ha Noi, Feb. 21 The FM spokesperson, Ms. Phan Thuy Thanh was answering foreign correspondents' question on Viet Nam's comment on recent statements by US Senator John McCain, slandering that Viet Nam beat and tortured US prisoners as well as his usage of "ill-will" words when referring to the Vietnamese people in particular and the Asian people in general. Ms. Phan Thuy Thanh said:

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