January 9-15: Party General Secretary successfully concludes China visit

Monday, 2017-01-16 10:04:41
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The talks between Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping.
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the prominent events that made headlines over the last seven days.

1. Party General Secretary successfully concludes China visit

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation arrived in Hanoi on afternoon January 15, concluding their four-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese General Secretary and President Xi Jinping.

During the visit, Party General Secretary Trong held talks with Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, and had meetings with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng, and Secretary of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Discipline Inspection Wang Qishan.

The Vietnamese Party leader also attended a function celebrating the 67th anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic relations and the 2017 Lunar New Year. The two sides signed 15 cooperation documents in various fields and issued a ten-point joint communiqué.

2. NA Standing Committee convenes sixth session

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the sixth session of the NASC.

The sixth session of the 14th National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) took place in Hanoi from January 9-11 under the chairmanship of NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During the three-day sitting, the committee considered and approved two resolutions, discussed eight draft laws and commented on a list of projects in the mid-term public investment plan for 2016-2020 and the allocation of capital investment for each project on the list, and an NASC draft resolution on the punishment of retired State officials and employees.

3. Vietnam-China diplomatic ties marked in Hanoi and HCM City

An art performance at the ceremony in Hanoi.

Ceremonies were held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on January 9 and 13, respectively, to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Vietnam-China diplomatic ties (January 18, 1950-2017).

Addressing the events, delegates agreed that relations between the two countries were growing fruitfully. They pledged continuous efforts in the future to bring bilateral strategic cooperative partnership to new heights.

4. Standard Chartered projects Vietnam’s economy to grow 6.6% in 2017

International bank Standard Chartered has forecast that Vietnam’s economy will expand by 6.6% in 2017, buoyed by strong growth in the manufacturing and construction sectors.

Foreign direct investment in Vietnam might slow in 2017 but it would remain high at about US$10 billion, Standard Chartered predicted, adding that regional trade agreements have benefited Vietnam with significant foreign investment.

5. Eighteen national treasures presented to the public for the first time

The Hoang Ha Drum, dated to the Dong Son Bronze culture from 3rd-2nd Century BCE, is one among 18 national treasures presented at the event.

Eighteen national treasures recognised by Vietnam’s authorities over the past period are being presented under a special exhibition held for the first time by the National Museum of Vietnam History in Hanoi.

The treasures are among around 200,000 documents and artefacts preserved at the museum, dating from the Dong Son Culture (2,000 years ago), through Dai Viet Civilisation and feudal dynasties, to the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Opening on January 10 and lasting until May, the exhibition aims to honour and promote the value of the national treasures while offering a chance to visitors to examine Vietnam’s history and culture, as well as stories behind the national treasures themselves.

6. HCMC exhibition displays UNESCO-recognised cultural heritages of Vietnam

A visitor at the exhibition.

A photo exhibition introducing Vietnam’s UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritages opened at Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City on January 13.

The three-day exhibition showcases over 100 photos highlighting 11 Vietnamese heritages honoured by UNESCO through the lens of photographer Nguyen A. The photos on display are part of Nguyen Anh’s photography book, which was first introduced to the public at the opening ceremony.

7. Work starts on US$52.8 million plant oil extraction factory

Delegates press the button to launch work on the factory.

The Dabaco Vietnam Corporation (DABACO) commenced construction of a plant oil extraction factory capable of handling 1,000 tonnes of soybean per day, at the Tan Chi Industrial Cluster in northern Bac Ninh province’s Tien Du district on January 9.

The factory will be built on an area of six hectares with a total investment of VND1.2 trillion (US$52.8 million), including VND850 billion (US$34.7 million) in fixed assets. Scheduled to be completed after 14 months of construction, the factory is expected to manufacture and refine over 80 million litres of cooking oil and 270,000 tonnes of soybean residue as ingredients for livestock feed each year.