Trump invites Vietnam’s prime minister to visit US

U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Vietnam’s prime minister to visit the United States, the Southeast Asian nation’s government said on its website on Friday.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends a news conference with Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (unseen) at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kham

HANOI: U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Vietnam’s prime minister to visit the United States, the Southeast Asian nation’s government said on its website on Friday.

Vietnam took ties with the United States to a new level under former U.S. President Barack Obama, keen for the United States to maintain its security presence in Asia in the face of territorial claims by giant neighbour China. Tiếp tục đọc

Vietnam, US talk to strengthen bilateral ties

Last update 11:48 | 21/04/2017

Vietnam and the US should sustain and strengthen economic and trade links, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said, describing these links as key to bilateral relations.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The Vietnamese official, who is on an official visit to the US from 20-21 April, made the suggestion at a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Advisor of the US National Security Council Herbert Raymond McMaster on April 20 in Washington DC.

He reaffirmed Vietnam’s consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of relations, and international integration.

Vietnam and the US boast great potential to strengthen cooperation, he said, suggesting the two sides expand links in education, training, science-technology, security-defence, and humanity, and in overcoming the consequences of war. Tiếp tục đọc

US President Trump to be in Vietnam for regional summit


Updated : 04/21/2017 07:46 GMT + 7

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 20, 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump will attend three summits in Asia in November, one of which will be hosted by the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after a meeting with ASEAN secretary general Le Luong Minh.

President Trump will arrive in Da Nang for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Reuters quoted Pence as saying during a visit to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday. Tiếp tục đọc

Mass grave of 150 martyrs found in Đồng Nai

Update: April, 14/2017 – 17:00 vietnamnews

A sandal belonging to the Vietnamese martyrs found at the mass grave in Biên Hòa airport, Đồng Nai Province on Thursday. — Photo
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ĐỒNG NAI — A mass grave containing remains of some 150 Vietnamese martyrs in the American War was discovered on Thursday in the southern province of Đồng Nai.

The Steering Committee on Search, Collection and Excavation of Martyrs’ Remains, also known as Steering Committee 1237, announced it had found the mass grave at about 10am after several days of digging at a site at the Biên Hòa airport. Tiếp tục đọc

Government taking steps to remove UXOs

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Update: March, 29/2017 – 18:30

Soldiers successfully removed a live 225kg bomb from the central province of Phú Yên last year. — VNA/VNS Photo

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on Tuesday reported about unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination from past wars in Việt Nam and activities undertaken to mitigate its effects.

The conference was held to observe International Mine Awareness Day, which is on April 4.

The ministry said that Việt Nam has faced severe consequences of UXO, which has greatly affected the country’s development in general, and people living in bomb- and mine-polluted areas in particular. Tiếp tục đọc

Today is National Vietnam Veterans Day

Wednesday is National Vietnam Veterans Day

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In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation declaring March 29, 2012 Vietnam Veterans Day, and now each year on March 29 Vietnam vets are honored. (KTRK)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 06:49AM

In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation declaring March 29, 2012 Vietnam Veterans Day, and now each year on March 29 Vietnam vets are honored.

March 29 is also the day in 1973 that the final troops returned to the U.S. from Vietnam, marking the end of U.S. involvement in the war.

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Project Renew: Ridding Vietnam of Unexploded Ordnance

I was invited by the editors of The VVA Veteran, publication of Vietnam Veterans of America, to submit an article reviewing the history of mine action efforts in Viet Nam, including the role of American veterans and U.S. veterans organizations. Over the past couple of decades of cooperation with our Vietnamese colleagues, and with support from the U.S. government and other international donors and project partners, we are coming very close to the reality of “making Viet Nam safe” from the daily threat of cluster bombs and other ordnance left from the war. CS
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January/February 2017

Project RENEW: Ridding Vietnam of Unexploded Ordnance


For most Americans, the Vietnam War ended in 1975. But for too many Vietnamese, the war didn’t end then. They continued to suffer death, injury, and lifetime disabilities from munitions that remained on the surface or just under the soil. These weapons posed a constant danger to unsuspecting residents throughout the country—but especially along the former demilitarized zone.

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Susan Rice: American Leadership in the Asia-Pacific Must Continue

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“Unmatched American leadership has laid a strong foundation for regional peace and prosperity in the region. But, in a dangerous and uncertain world, we cannot relinquish that leadership.”

November 12, 2016

Seven years ago, President Obama joined the leaders of 20 other economies for the APEC summit in Singapore—his first trip to Asia as president. When President Obama took office, the global economy was still reeling from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The United States was consumed with two major, costly ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but not nearly as engaged in the world’s fastest growing region, the Asia-Pacific. Tiếp tục đọc

US-Asean relations: From rebalance to reset?

President Obama putting his hands together before bowing at the end of his address on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Vientiane, Laos, in September. While his presidency has seen significant engagement with the 10-nation bloc, much could change, thanks to the uncertainty of his succession. PHOTO: REUTERS

In the second of a two-part series, scholars from the Iseas -Yusof Ishak Institute evaluate the legacy of outgoing US President Barack Obama in South-east Asia, and look to the challenges for the incoming administration after the Nov 8 presidential election.

On Friday, we featured perspectives on Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Today, we offer viewpoints on Thailand, Vietnam, and US engagement with Asean. Tiếp tục đọc