Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, Let me warmly welcome you all to our Conference on “Viet Nam and APEC: A Journey of 20 Years and the Path Ahead”. Exactly 20 years ago, in November 1998, Viet Nam was honored to become a member of APEC. This strategic decision is a major step taken by our country to implement the foreign policy of openness, multi-lateralization and diversification of our international relations and economic integration, giving fresh impetus to Viet Nam’s reform and international integration. During 20 years of APEC membership, Viet Nam has also made great strides on the path of development and integration. - Viet Nam has transformed itself from one of the poorest in the world into a lower middle-income country, with per capita income increasing 7 times from US$350 to nearly US$2,400. - Viet Nam today is an active and responsible member of regional and global cooperation mechanisms and an important link in key economic integration … [Read more...] about Keynote address by Deputy PM, FM Minh at conference reviewing 20-year participation in APEC
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Making a splash: The Friends of Vietnam Heritage will host a lecture on Tết traditions, including the important Kitchen God ritual, on Sunday, January 27. — Photo sunflower.vnViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — As in previous years, when the lunar year comes to an end, the Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FVH) will host an annual lecture on Tết traditions on Sunday, January 27. Themed after one of Tết’s most important rituals, the Kitchen God (or ‘Ông Táo’ in Vietnamese), which signals the start of the Tết preparations, the lecture will be conducted by Professor Lê Văn Lan, a noted author, historian, archaeologist and TV presenter in Việt Nam. Legend says each home has three kitchen gods overseeing household affairs. On the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month, each god returns to the Jade Emperor, the King of Heaven, on the back of a carp fish. The kitchen gods report back to the Jade Emperor on each … [Read more...] about FVH to hold lecture on Tết traditions
Vietnamese composer Trịnh Công Sơn (1939-2001) was commemorated with a doodle on google.com on Thursday on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary. Legendary Vietnamese Composer Trịnh Công Sơn. — Photo nguoinoitieng.vn “Sơn, with his contributions and influence on Vietnamese and international culture, especially his songs with profound messages of peace, deserves to be praised on the most popular page on the occasion of the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un,” commented composer Trần Long Ẩn, vice chairman of Vietnam Musicians’ Association. Sơn passed away on April 1, 2001 leaving behind more than 6,000 songs, many of which have been widely popular among Vietnamese people both in and outside the country. Most of his songs carry his distinctive ideology and lyrical style, expressing great love for the Vietnamese people and his homeland while praising peace and love. … [Read more...] about Late talented composer commemorated on Google
Several expats living in Vietnam have shared their stories about Christmas celebrations with Tuoi Tre News as the holiday nears. Kim Cheng, from San Diego, California, USA My husband and I have been living in Vietnam for over six years, and I've celebrated four memorable Christmases and New Year's holidays in Ho Chi Minh City. I remember my first Christmas in Vietnam. It was December 24, 2008 and Vietnam had just won the AFF Championship. Most of Le Duan Street and the area surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral had thousands of motorbikes with fans cheering and waving Vietnamese flags. Then, just before midnight, there was a wave of silence. It was really cool to see a mass of people become so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The weather in the city during December is similar to the weather in my hometown most of the year. This year, a small group of friends and I will have Christmas Eve dinner at Saffron restaurant. We're also doing a fun Secret Santa gift exchange. We have a … [Read more...] about That’s how they celebrate Christmas in Vietnam, how about you?
Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (middle, front row) showed her support for the UAW strikers outside GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant. — AFP/VNA Photo NEW YORK — General Motors and the United Auto Workers announced on Wednesday a tentative labour agreement that could end a month-long strike that has paralysed the auto giant. The UAW GM National Council, which includes local union chapters, will convene on Thursday to consider the agreement struck between GM and UAW leadership, the union said in a statement. A majority of UAW members would then need to ratify the agreement. The strike will continue until the council approves the proposed agreement. But union leaders also will decide on Thursday whether to continue striking until all members vote, the UAW said. Neither the UAW nor GM released details of the tentative deal that would end a strike that has now dragged into its fifth week, with mounting costs for both the company and … [Read more...] about UAW leaders reach tentative deal with GM to end US worker strike