May 21-27: National Assembly meeting, Buddha’s birthday and more

Monday, 2018-05-28 11:25:24
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

National Assembly’s plenary session opens in Hanoi
The fifth plenary of the 14th National Assembly opened in the capital of Hanoi on May 21. During the week, deputies discussed the socio-economic development in the early months of 2018, the coast guard and national defence laws, special economic zones and other important issues.

Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove visits Vietnam
President Tran Dai Quang and visiting Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove agreed to strengthen the political and strategic trust between the two countries by enhancing the exchange of visits and meetings.

President Tran Dai Quang welcomes Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.

PM attends “Meet Europe” in Hanoi
Vietnam and Europe have great opportunities to boost their relationship to become stronger and more extensive than ever, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a meeting aimed at promoting investment and trade between the two sides on May 25.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the conference

Vietnam asks China to stop bomber drills in Hoang Sa
Vietnam has urged China to immediately stop sending bombers to conduct drills in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, emphasising that China’s acts have fuelled tension and caused instability in the region.

President grants interview ahead of Japan visit
The strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan is expected to enter a new period of development in the near future, said President Tran Dai Quang in an interview with the Japanese media ahead of his visit to Japan, scheduled for May 29 to June 2.

President Tran Dai Quang grants an interview to Japanese media ahead of his visit to Japan.

Buddhists congratulated on Buddha’s birthday
National and local leaders paid visits to Buddhist dignitaries throughout the country to extend their best wishes to monks, nuns and laypeople on the birth anniversary of the Buddha, which falls on the full-moon day of the fourth lunar month.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan visits Buddhist monks in Ho Chi Minh City.

Cao Lanh Bridge opens to traffic
Traffic opened on Cao Lanh Bridge, which spans the Tien River in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, on May 27, helping to cut the travel time between Ho Chi Minh and Dong Thap, An Giang and Kien Giang provinces by two hours.

Vietnam to truncate 11-digit mobile phone numbers
Vietnam plans to shorten 11-digit mobile phone numbers to 10 digits, by replacing the three-digit carrier prefixes with new two-digit prefixes, as part a wider effort to clean up the disorder in telephone numbering.


Hanoi extend reign following home win over Thanh Hoa
Hanoi FC built on their domination atop the 2018 V.League table by fighting back to beat title contenders FLC Thanh Hoa 4-3 at home in the ninth round on May 26, thereby remaining the only unbeaten team so far this season.