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Deputy PM reaffirms China co-operation

Update: October, 19/2009 - 00:00

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(20-10-2009)

Deputy PM reaffirms China co-operation

HA NOI— Viet Nam and China will raise their two-way trade value to US$25 billion next year and speed up the signing of a five-year development plan with a view to tapping the co-operative potential of both countries, particularly between their border provinces.

This follows a meeting between Vietnamese permanent Deputy PM Nguyen Sinh Hung and his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang yesterday.

Hung has been in Nanning City, China, since yesterday to attend the 6th China-ASEAN Trade Fair and visit Guangxi Province.

The two sides agreed to carry out the 2010 Viet Nam-China Friendship Year with activities marking the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

The two said they appreciated the completion of the border demarcation and marker planting and reaffirmed their nations’ determination to build a common border area of friendship and co-operation for their joint development.

Viet Nam and China will persist in negotiations to seek long-term solutions for sea issues and settle arising problems in order to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea.

University praised for education reform

HCM CITY — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday praised the contributions by the Viet Nam - Germany University in promoting education reform in a ceremony to kick off its second academic year.

Nhan, also Minister of Education and Training, spoke highly of the university’s Vietnamese and foreign lecturers and expressed his belief in its 110 students’ prospects.

He wished the university would reach international standards in the fields of education and management.

The university, the first public university established in international co-operation between the two governments, aims to provide education and training for 1,500 students in 2015 and become the leading research university in the region.

At the ceremony, German sponsors presented 23 scholarships worth 20,000 euros (US$29,800) to the university’s excellent students.

Deputy PM begins visit to Britain

LONDON — A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai arrived in London on Saturday to begin their official visit to the United Kingdom.

Hai met the chairman of the Viet Nam-UK Friendship Association who said that UK authorities and residents had always paid respect to historical monuments relating to President Ho Chi Minh.

The delegation visited the place where President Ho Chi Minh used to live and work during his stay (1913-15) in Hay Market Street, London.

Upon visiting the Vietnamese embassy in the UK, Hai met with Vietnamese people living and studying there. He applauded contributions of embassy staff, overseas Vietnamese and students to enhancing co-operation between the two countries.

Hai reiterated the Government’s consistent policy to consider overseas Vietnamese people an indispensable part of the nation.

He also took the occasion to ask over 6,000 Vietnamese students in the UK to study hard so as to contribute to national construction. — VNS

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