May 28 - June 4: President’s Japan visit successful

Monday, 2018-06-04 06:10:40
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President Tran Dai Quang (right) and his spouse join Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in a ceremony to mark the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (September 21) in Tokyo on June 1. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

President’s Japan visit successful

The Japan visit by President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse from May 29 – June 2 has been successful with diverse activities. The Emperor, Empress, royal family, and government of Japan welcomed President Quang and his spouse, the only State guests this year, in the highest rituals to a head of State with all respect.

During the stay, the Vietnamese President held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, issued the Vietnam – Japan Joint Statement, met with Speaker of the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House of Councillors. He also met leaders of Japanese political parties, held dialogues with Japanese economic organisations, and delivered a speech at the investment promotion conference with over 700 firms taking part.

Grand meeting marks 70 years of patriotic emulation appeal

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (C) hands over the Government’s emulation flags to ten ministries, sectors and ten cities and provinces leading in the emulation movements in 2017. (Photo: NDO/Dang Khoa)

A grand meeting was held in Hanoi on June 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s call for patriotic emulation on June 11, 1948.

On this occasion, 70 collectives and individuals who have made great contributions in research, learning, labour and production were honoured. Earlier, leaders of the Party, State, Government and National Assembly, and delegates paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum.

Shangri-La Dialogue 2018 opens

Delegates at the event

The 17th Shangri-La Dialogue – an important security forum in the Asia – Pacific opened in Singapore on June 1, gathering over 500 senior defence officials and scholars from more than 50 countries and territories.

The Vietnamese delegation to the event is led by Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich and Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Senior Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Minh. Defence Minister Lich delivered a speech at the third plenary session themed “Shaping Asia’s Evolving Security Order” on June 2.

Female medical officers stand ready to join UN peacekeeping missions

Second Lieutenant Phan Thi Van Huyen is among 10 Vietnamese female medical officers to join UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan (photo: TL)

Ten Vietnamese female medical officers have undergone three years of hard training in preparation for their participation in the United Nations peacekeeping activities in Africa.

In July this year, 73 members from the Vietnam Army medical corps will travel to South Sudan to take part in UN peacekeeping activities for a year, including 10 female doctors, nurses, and technicians. The mission of the team is to provide healthcare for the UN missions and to work under assignments from the organisation.

Vietnam launches mediation centre for trade-related issues

The VMC introduces its mediators at the launch ceremony.

The Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) held a ceremony on May 29 to launch the Vietnam Mediation Centre (VMC) and announce the mediation code, under the support of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank (WB) Group.

Addressing the launch ceremony, Nguyen Manh Dung, Deputy Director of the VMC, presented the basic contents and principles of the VMC’s mediation code (the VMC Code) and introduced the mediation procedures which operate in line with the VMC Code.

State-of-the-art paediatric hospital inaugurated in Vietnam

A view of the hospital's medical examination department.

The Ho Chi Minh City Children's Hospital, the most modern of its kind in Vietnam, was officially put into operation on June 1 after four years of construction.

Located at No. 15, Vo Tran Chi Street, Tan Kien commune, Binh Chanh district, in the southern economic hub, the hospital was built at a total cost of VND4.5 trillion (US$197.3 million) from the State budget. The facility covers an area of over 12,000 m2, including a basement and eight floors with 1,000 beds. It features ten functional rooms and 39 departments.

Tran Quyet Chien becomes first Vietnamese winner at World Cup Billiards tournament

Quyet Chien became the first Vietnamese cueist to ever win the top prize at the Billiards World Cup (photo: Dung Phuong)

Vietnamese cueist Tran Quyet Chien beat his fellow countryman Ngo Dinh Nai with a score of 40-39 to win the champion at the Three-Cushion Carom Billiards World Cup, which concluded in Ho Chi Minh City on May 27.

Tran Quyet Chien, who is now ranked 18th in the world, became the first Vietnamese cueist to ever win the top prize at the Billiards World Cup. After claiming the championship in Ho Chi Minh City on May 27, Quyet Chien has climbed to 10th place in the world rankings and is the number one cueist in Vietnam.

First Vietnamese becomes IAQ academician

Dr. Ngo Van Nhon (R) has become the first Vietnamese to become an academician of the International Academy for Quality. (Photo:

Dr. Ngo Van Nhon, Chairman of Vietnam Quality Association and President of Institute for Quality Assessment and Development in Ho Chi Minh City, has become the first Vietnamese to become an academician of the International Academy for Quality (IAQ).

The title was presented to Nhon at the recent IAQ general meeting in the US with the participation of more than 3,500 delegates from 45 countries. To become an academician at the IAQ, Nhon, who is also a member of the Asian Network for Quality, experienced a strict evaluation process over three years. He met criteria such as having at least 15 years of experience in lecturing, research and quality practice activities at home and abroad.