ASEAN-China working group on code of conduct meets in Hanoi

Ha Noi, Oct. 12 (VNA) -- The third meeting of the ASEAN-China Working Group on a Code of Conduct for the East Sea was held in Ha Noi on Oct. 11 under the co-chairmanship of Viet Nam and China.

Participants in the meeting continued exchanging views on a number of issues relating to the draft Code of Conduct (COC) and obtained some initial results. They agreed to make further efforts to perfect the COC for early approval.

Conoco well off Vietnam flows at 17,800 bpd

HOUSTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Conoco Inc. (NYSE:COCa - news), said Wednesday an exploratory well offshore Vietnam in the Cuu Long Basin achieved a flow rate of 17,800 barrels per day (bpd).

This rate at Block 15-1, which is 120 miles (180 km) southeast of Ho Chi Minh city, is based on combined well tests of more than 12,600 bpd from three zones and an additional estimated 5,200 bpd from three other zones, said Conoco, a 23.25 percent stakeholder in the block.

Vietnam's Lacquer paintings on show in USA

Oct. 11 (VNA) -- Twenty lacquer paintings by famous Vietnamese artists are on show in Oklahoma City of Okla, the United States, as part of their around-the US journey.

In this second stop-over, the exhibition is to last around nine weeks till mid-December, four weeks longer than the previous one in Denver, the capital of Colorado State. The next and last stop is expected to be in Hawaii for more than two months.

Increase of Textile an Garment exports - Open office in New York

Ha Noi, Oct.11 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's textile and garment exports in the first nine months of this year rose 4.97 percent year-on-year to USD 1,372 million.

The national Viet Nam Textile and Garment Corporation contributed USD 365 million, 17.3 percent more than the previous corresponding period.

Construction of Vietnam's biggest sofware center is underway

Construction Quang Trung Software Park, the biggest centre for software production and services in southern Vietnam, started on October 5 in Ho Chi Minh City.

For the first phase of the project, to finish by the end of 2001, Ho Chi Minh City has invested VND 190 billion (US $13.6 million) in upgrading seven buildings in the former Quang Trung Fair and Exhibition Centre and the transport system around and in the park and in building electricity, drainage and waste treatment systems.

A new oild field discovered off-shore southeast Viet Nam

Ha Noi, Oct. 8 (VNA) -- A new oild field was discovered on Oct.6 at lot 15.1, off-shore southeast Viet Nam, 144 km east from Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

The exploration contract has been conducted by PETROVIETNAM Supervision Company (PVSC) for Product Sharing Contracts (holding 50 percent of the contract), the United State's CONOCO Limited (23.25 percent), the Republic of Korea's KNDC (14.25 percent), and SK (9 percent) and France's GEOPETROL (3,5 percent).

190 new FDI projects licensed in last 9 months


Ha Noi, Oct. 6 (VNA) -- In the first nine months of this year, 190 foreign invested projects capitalized at more than USD 512 million were licensed for operation across the country.

With an additional investment of USD 210 million registered by on-going projects involving foreign direct investment (FDI), the total FDI flowing into the country in the first nine months reached more than USD 722 million.

Vietnam respects Yugoslavian people's right to self-determination

Vietnam respects Yugoslavian people's right to self-determination

On October 6, Spokeswoman for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, Ms.Phan Thuy Thanh, while answering questions from foreign correspondents about Vietnam's comments on the latest developments in Yugoslavia said: "Vietnam respects the right of the Yugoslavian people to self-determination."

She noted that the issue was an internal affair for Yugoslavia.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Dy Nien visits the United States

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Dy Nien visits the United States from Sept. 20,2000.

During his four-day visit that ended on September 24, Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien met on separate occasions with Secretary of State Madeline Albright, National Security Deputy Advisor General Donal Kerrick, Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, members of the House of Representatives Lane Evans and Philip Crane, representatives of the US business circles and General Secretary of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Cesar Gaviria.

MFA Spokeswoman on remarks of US Trade Representative Barshefsky

On September 21, 2000, MOFA's Spokeswoman Phan Thuy Thanh answered to question of Reuters on remarks made by US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky and Republican Representative Illeana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida at the testimony before the House Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs and House Subcommittee on International economic policy and trade