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Trump’s new Cold War alliance in Asia is dangerous

Washington Post

November 14

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose after signing hats reading “Donald and Shinzo make alliance even greater.” Kawagoe, Japan, Nov. 5. (Franck Robichon/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Gurpreet S. Khurana, who first used the term “Indo-Pacific” a decade ago, is a maritime strategist and executive director of the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi.

NEW DELHI — On his recent tour of Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump offered the world a first glance into his formative geopolitical strategy. Both in Vietnam at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and at his earlier meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan, he spoke of the “Indo-Pacific” instead of the “Asia-Pacific,” the term used most often by previous American administrations. Continue reading “Trump’s new Cold War alliance in Asia is dangerous”

Việt Nam, US sign $12b in trade deals

vietnamnews Update: November, 12/2017 – 21:53

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of President of Việt Nam Trần Đại Quang and President of the US Donald Trump, within the framework of the US President’s official state visit to Việt Nam. — Photo courtesy of VNA

HÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang and President Donald Trump witnessed the signing of co-operation agreements worth a total of US$12 billion, mostly in aviation, petroleum and seaports between Việt Nam and the US after their talks in Hà Nội on Sunday. Continue reading “Việt Nam, US sign $12b in trade deals”

“Giảm thiểu nguy cơ bất ổn, xây dựng lòng tin trên Biển Đông”

Dân Trí, Chủ nhật, 12/11/2017 – 19:36

Hội đàm 2 Tổng Bí thư Việt – Trung:

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Dân trí Hội đàm với Tổng Bí thư – Chủ tịch Trung Quốc, Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng nhấn mạnh việc bảo đảm hoà bình, ổn định, giảm thiểu nguy cơ bất ổn, xây dựng lòng tin với vấn đề Biển Đông. Chủ tịch Tập Cận Bình thống nhất quan điểm nỗ lực kiểm soát tốt bất đồng, duy trì hoà bình, ổn định ở Biển Đông…

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Chiều nay (12/11), tại trụ sở Trung ương Đảng, Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng đã hội đàm với Tổng Bí thư – Chủ tịch nước Cộng hòa nhân dân Trung Hoa Tập Cận Bình. Hai bên bày tỏ vui mừng trước những tiến triển tích cực của quan hệ đối tác hợp tác chiến lược toàn diện Việt – Trung thời gian qua. Continue reading ““Giảm thiểu nguy cơ bất ổn, xây dựng lòng tin trên Biển Đông””

Contrasting visions as APEC CEO Summit closes

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 08:16

US President Donald Trump addresses at the CEO Summit 2017 on Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo

ĐÀ NẴNG – In strong speeches laying out widely differing visions on the future of international trade, the presidents of China and the US yesterday stressed the importance of regional peace and security to stable, sustainable growth. Continue reading “Contrasting visions as APEC CEO Summit closes”

31st ASEAN Summit, related meetings to talk ASEAN Vision realisation

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 19:25

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc will lead a high-ranking delegation of Việt Nam to the ASEAN-31, the 20th ASEAN+3 Summit. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — The 31st ASEAN Summit (ASEAN-31) and related meetings, which will be held in Manila, the Philippines, from Sunday to Tuesday, are set to focus on orientations and measures for enhancing connectivity to realise the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc will lead a high-ranking delegation of Việt Nam to the ASEAN-31, the 20th ASEAN+3 Summit (with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), the ASEAN+1 meetings (with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, the US, Canada, the European Union, and the United Nations), and the 12th East Asia Summit. Continue reading “31st ASEAN Summit, related meetings to talk ASEAN Vision realisation”

TPP-11 gets new name, renewed growth focus

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 19:15

Việt Nam’s Industry and Trade Minister Trần Tuấn Anh (left) and Japanese economic revitalisation minister Toshimitsu Motegi, co-chair Saturday’s press conference. — VNA/VNS Photo

ĐÀ NẴNG – Ministers of the 11 original signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have agreed on “core elements” of a new trade pact to be implemented without the United States.The agreement will now be called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), says a statement released today. Continue reading “TPP-11 gets new name, renewed growth focus”

APEC 2017: Voices of the Future issues declaration for youth

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 09:00

Youth representative attending the 2017 APEC Voices of the Future visit a craft village making traditional lanterns in ancient Hội An City. – VNA/VNS Photo
QUẢNG NAM – The youth representatives of 17 out of 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies adopted a declaration for youth at the closing ceremony of APEC Voices of the Future 2017 in the central province of Quảng Nam on Friday.In the declaration, the delegates said they believe that they will diminish the disparities between economies, accelerate communication, decrease the cost for new startups, and generate more opportunities for young people through a communication platform. Continue reading “APEC 2017: Voices of the Future issues declaration for youth”

2017 APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Ministerial Statement

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 19:20

2017 APEC MINISTERIAL MEETING

Joint Ministerial Statement

We, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers, met on 8 November 2017 in Da Nang, Viet Nam under the chairmanship of H.E. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. Continue reading “2017 APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Ministerial Statement”

The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting adopts Đà Nẵng Declaration

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 19:20

                                                                                                                THE 25TH APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ MEETING

Da Nang, Viet Nam 11 November 2017

Da Nang Declaration

Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

1.        We, the Leaders of APEC, gathered in Da Nang, Viet Nam under the theme Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future, determined to take bolder and sustained collective actions to inject new dynamism into APEC cooperation to promote sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, deepen regional economic integration, realize the full potential of the business sector, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and enhance food security and sustainable agriculture. Continue reading “The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting adopts Đà Nẵng Declaration”

Trade ministers agree Asia-Pacific trade pact without US

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AFP
After days of talks on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, the so-called TPP-11 nations made a breakthrough early Saturday, a day after Donald Trump's ladled out more 'America First' rhetoric in an address to world leaders
After days of talks on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, the so-called TPP-11 nations made a breakthrough early Saturday, a day after Donald Trump’s ladled out more ‘America First’ rhetoric in an address to world leaders (AFP Photo/JORGE SILVA)

Danang (Vietnam) (AFP) – Trade ministers from 11 Asia-Pacific countries agreed Saturday to press ahead with a major trade deal without the United States, as the world’s largest economy seeks to go it alone under President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy.

Trump pulled his country from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the start of the year, dismaying allies and casting into doubt an agreement heralded for tying lower tariffs to strong environmental and labour protections.

Continue reading “Trade ministers agree Asia-Pacific trade pact without US”

Trump brings tough trade message in vision for Asia in Vietnam speech

Although he was addressing a meeting alongside the summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, Trump repeatedly referred to the Indo-Pacific region and mentioned the importance of India in his speech

By Reuters / Tuoi Tre News

November 10, 2017, 15:05 GMT+7

Trump brings tough trade message in vision for Asia in Vietnam speech
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit, in Danang, Vietnam, November 10, 2017. Photo: Reuters

DANANG, Vietnam — U.S. President Donald Trump set out a strong message on trade at a meeting of Asia-Pacific countries in Vietnam on Friday, saying the United States could no longer tolerate chronic trade abuses and would insist on fair and equal policies.

Trump said the United States was ready to make a bilateral deal with any country in the Indo-Pacific region, but only on the basis of “mutual respect and mutual benefit”. Continue reading “Trump brings tough trade message in vision for Asia in Vietnam speech”

Vietnam top APEC target for CEOs’ overseas investment, despite automation challenges: survey

Vietnam is also one of the biggest domestic investment winners among APEC economies, according to PwC

By Tuoi Tre News

November 9, 2017, 17:30 GMT+7

Vietnam top APEC target for CEOs’ overseas investment, despite automation challenges: survey
Sridharan Nair (center), territory senior partner for PwC Malaysia and Vietnam, is pictured at a press conference in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on November 8, 2017. Son Luong/Tuoi Tre News

Asia-Pacific business leaders’ confidence has hit a three-year high, while Vietnam has emerged as a popular destination for new funds among members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a PwC survey finds.

Thirty-seven percent of APEC CEOs are “very confident” of revenue growth during the next 12 months, up from 28 percent in 2016 despite trade policy uncertainty and related political tensions in many of the economies that make up APEC, according to findings from the APEC 2017 CEO survey. Continue reading “Vietnam top APEC target for CEOs’ overseas investment, despite automation challenges: survey”

Forest business forum held in Hà Nội

vietnamnews Update: November, 09/2017 – 11:00

Deputy General Director of the Việt Nam Administration of Forestry, Cao Chí Công, gives a speech at the Asia Pacific Business Forum, organised by the Forest Stewardship Council on Wednesday in Hà Nội. — VNS/FSC Photo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has held its first ever Asia Pacific Business Forum in Hà Nội to provide an exclusive occasion for FSC certified forest product suppliers in the region to connect with local and international buyers.

The event, which took place on Wednesday, also aimed to promote forest suppliers’ FSC labelled products available in domestic, regional and world markets. Continue reading “Forest business forum held in Hà Nội”

Australia funds to empower women economically

Update: November, 09/2017 – 11:00 vietnamnews

Women in Lào Cai Province make products from traditional cloths and fibres. Aus4Equality expects to increase the incomes of 40,000 self-employed female farmers in Lào Cai and Sơn La provinces. – VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG – Australia will invest AU$33.7 million (US$25.6 million) through the new Aus4Equality programme, focusing on Sơn La and Lào Cai provinces in the north-west of Việt Nam.

The new initiative to support women’s economic empowerment was announced by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 29th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM). Continue reading “Australia funds to empower women economically”