|Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — The imposition of anti-dumping duties on frozen pangasius fillets imported from Viet Nam by the United States is unfair, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said yesterday.
The move went against the spirit of free trade as well as the growing bilateral economic and trade relations and the comprehensive partnership between both countries, he said at a regular press conference.
He reiterated that Vietnamese companies were not dumping pangasius fillets on the US market.
Trade between the two countries should be considered in an unbiased, equitable manner that ensures the legitimate rights of Vietnamese producers and farmers as well as benefit of US consumers, importers and distributors, Binh said.
Referring to a recent ruling on the US's application of anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese shrimp, Binh said Viet Nam highly valued the role of the World Trade Organisation in the multilateral trade system in general and in settling international trade disputes in particular.
The WTO's decision on complaints raised by Vietnam in this case was a positive and encouraging sign for Vietnamese shrimp producers, processors and exporters, he said. (more story on page 13)
In response to questions on measures Viet Nam has taken to protect its citizens in Hong Kong (China) amidst signs of escalating tensions, Binh said that the Foreign Ministry had directed Viet Nam's General Consulate in Hong Kong to gather all information on the Vietnamese community and provide crucial warning.
So far, the lives and property of the Vietnamese community in Hong Kong hd not been affected, he added.
Binh also expressed confidence that Ted Osius and Pham Quang Vinh, new ambassadors that the US and Viet Nam have appointed to either country, would make positive contributions to developing bilateral ties.
In recent years, the ties of comprehensive partnership between the two countries had seen positive changes, especially in trade and the economy. Both sides were working together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the normalisation of bilateral relations, he noted.
Binh also said he believed that 2015 would see the implementation of a series of measures to enhance Viet Nam-US relations, benefiting both peoples and contributing to peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region.
Responding to questions on China's announcement of a seven-year (2014-2020) strategic action plan on energy development, Binh said all activities by parties involved in the East Sea should contribute to building peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region.
"We hope all activities by parties concerned in the East Sea will strictly abide by international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as respecting the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal countries," he said. — VNS