June 29 – July 5: PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with Lao counterpart

Monday, 2020-07-06 12:54:25
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with Lao counterpart

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith started a visit to Vietnam on July 5 at the invitation of the host PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

This is the first visit by a foreign high-ranking leader to Vietnam since the start of the COVID-19, proving the Vietnam-Laos special relations.

Within the framework of the visit, PM Phuc and his guest held talks on July 5, sharing information and experience in the pandemic fight and discussing measures to intensify bilateral cooperation.

Vietnam objects to China’s military drills in Hoang Sa: FM spokesperson

Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang (Photo: VNA)

China’s military drills in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago have violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelago and run counter to the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang has said.

“The drills have complicated the situation, which is unfavourable for the current negotiations between ASEAN and China over a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) and the maintenance of peace, stability and cooperation on the East Sea,” the spokesperson said.

CPI rises 0.66% in June, highest in past five years

Vietnam’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) expanded by 0.66% in June compared to the previous month, mainly due to three consecutive increases in petrol prices and soaring pork prices.

In June, seven groups of commodities and services saw price increases, including transport, restaurants and catering services, food, household appliances, medicines and healthcare services, education, and other goods and services.

Industrial production grows 2.71% in first half of 2020

Manufacturing expanded by 4.96%, the lowest first-half figure of the 2011-2020 period.

Vietnam’s industrial production grew by a modest 2.71% in the first six months of 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus, according to the General Statistics Office.

Vietnam’s GDP expanded by 0.36% in the second quarter, meaning growth in the first half of the year was at just 1.81%.

IMF hails Vietnam’s anti-pandemic model

A recent article posted on the website of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) spoke highly of Vietnam’s success in the fight against COVID-19.

It said Vietnam completed the assessment of medical risks, publicised guidance against the disease, promulgated the national-level response plan and established the national steering committee at an early date, adding that strict control measures were gradually applied.

Vietnam’s Ha Long bay named among world’s 50 most beautiful natural wonders

Ha Long Bay (Photo: thanhnien.vn)

Vietnam’s Ha Long bay, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, has attained a position amongst the 50 most beautiful natural wonders around the world by US-based website Insider.

In an article published on July 2, the newspaper said natural wonders come in all shapes and sizes. From China's Tianzi Mountains to the Verdon Gorge in south-eastern France, there are incredible places all over the planet.

The article added that Ha Long Bay's natural beauty makes it one of Vietnam's number one tourist sites. The bay is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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