Vietnam plans more festivals abroad to spur inbound travel

(VietNamNet Bridge ) The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is planning to hold more cultural and tourism festivals in foreign countries like South Korea, Japan, Russia and Norway this year to promote inbound travel.

Nguyen Van Tinh, head of the ministry’s International Cooperation Bureau, told the Daily that along with such festivals, the bureau would arrange familiarization trips for foreign media to look into the country’s tourism potentials.

Universities take lead role in Vietnam-U.S. relations

(This article appeared in The Hill, June, 2010)

With Vietnam’s economy one of the most vibrant in the world, young Vietnamese today have more opportunity than any generation before them. The transformation of this coun¬try of 88 million has been breathtaking. In the last two decades, Vietnam has transformed its economy from one where eight in ten families were poor farmers to a humming manufacturing hub.

U.S.-ASEAN summit: An opportunity for re-engagement with SE Asia

(This article appeared in The Hill, September, 2010)

Vietnam, SE Asia’s growing economies crucial to boosting U.S. exports

(This article appeared in The Hill, Oct, 2010)

At his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama declared his trade policy goal: a doubling of American exports over the next five years. He received  bipartisan  applause.  Now, in campaign season, trade  gets  a decidedly  less  enthusiastic treatment. Republican and Democratic candidates alike decry job losses going along with more international trade.

World Bank: Vietnam improves business climate amid challenges

(This article appeared in The Hill, Nov, 2010)

The World Bank’s annual ranking of countries’ business climate has Vietnam among the top reformers in the past 12 months, climbing 10 ranks. Even more impressive, in Doing Business 2011, Vietnam beats out not only foreign investment magnet China, but also Italy, one of the world’s seven most industrialized nations.

Nuanced debate over religion continues despite call for Vietnam sanctions

(This article appeared in The Hill, Dec ,2010)

US senators condemn China’s actions in East Sea

(VNA) Two United States senators on June 13 introduced a resolution condemning the repeated use of force by China in the East Sea on May 26 and June 9 and causing damage to Vietnamese exploration ships operating within Vietnam ’s 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone.

Senators Jim Webb and James Inhofe are chair and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, respectively.

China told to stop harassing Vietnam’s ships

(VNA) Vietnam strongly opposed China’s acts on June 9 in harassing a ship conducting seismic surveys in Vietnam’s territorial waters in the East Sea and asked the Chinese side to stop repeating violations.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga made the protest at a regular press conference in Hanoi on June 9.

VN attends eighth ASEAN security conference

(VNA) Deputy Defence Minister Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh joined senior defence officials from 22 other ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) member countries at the eighth ARF Security Policy Conference in Indonesia, on June 8.

The conference focused discussions on international and regional issues and the coordination between ARF and the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+) to avoid conflicts in regional efforts and cooperation to ensure food and energy security in ARF member countries.

PM calls for national resolve to defend sea and islands

(VNA) The Prime Minister has asked ministries, branches and localities to continue demonstrating great determination of the entire Party, people and army to defend Vietnam’s sovereignty, and sovereignty and jurisdiction rights to its sea and islands.

The PM made the appeal at a meeting held in the central coastal city of Nha Trang on June 8 in response to the World Oceans Day (June 8) and the Vietnam Sea and Islands Week 2011.

He emphasised the important role of sea and islands in the socio-economic development of most nations worldwide.