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

US House of Representatives Supports President Clinton's Decision on Jackson Vanik Waiver Extension

The US House of Representatives on August 3rd voted 297 to 130 to endorse President Clinton's decision to extend the waiver of Jackson-Vanik amendment for Vietnam. Compared to the 1998 vote (260 to 163) this time there were 37 more congressmen supporting the President.

We welcome that outcome which can be viewed as a steppingstone in the path of improved relations between the United States and Vietnam. Meanwhile, it is a necessary step toward the full normalization of trade relations with the signing and the approval of the Bilateral Trade Agreement.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam received US Assistant Secretary of State Stanley Roth

The first exchange of views on political and foreign policy between Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US State Department, was held on July 29 in Hanoi. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Dinh Bin and the US delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State Stanley Roth. US Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson also joined the exchange.

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.

Substantial Progress in Vietnam-US trade agreement negotiations

VNA Ha Noi, July 23 -- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung expressed satisfaction at the substantial progress in the negotiation process for a bilateral trade agreement between Vietnam and the US while receiving deputy US Trade Representative Richard Fisher in Ha Noi on July 23.

Seminar on Vietnam-US Business Ties Held in Hanoi

Ha Noi, July 22 (VNA) -- Vietnamese and American business people acknowledged their governments and trade organizations' efforts to improve the business and investment environment at a seminar in Ha Noi today (July 22).

Present at the seminar were Hoang Van Dzung, Deputy General Secretary of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), US Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson, and business people of the two countries.

The participants exchanged information on trade and investment operations over the past time, especially in recent years.

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.

Party General Secretary's Activities in Cuba

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Le Kha Phieu toured the ancient quarter of Havana, during the second day, July 9, of his current eight-day official visit to Cuba.

Havana's ancient quarter is a historical and cultural site listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a world culture heritage.

Phieu was accompanied by Abel Prieto, Politburo member of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee (CPC CC) and Minister of Culture.

Vietnam, Cuba Issue Joint Declaration

VNA July 16, 99 - Vietnam and Cuba issued a joint declaration on July 14 at the end of an official visit by General Secretary Le Kha Phieu of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee.

Following is the full text of the declaration: