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Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on August 16 urged the central province of Thanh Hoa to mobilise all resources in order to protect the lives and property of local residents as Storm Bebinca approaches.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang on August 10 voiced Vietnam’s resolute objection to China’s recent activities in Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago and reiterated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the islands.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Miniser Pham Binh Minh on August 9 praised the role of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) in Vietnam’s socio-economic development.

The Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) has announced that it will begin construction on the secondary surveillance radar station, the second of its kind, in the southernmost province of Ca Mau on August 9.

More than 7,000 domestic and foreign runners from 52 countries and territories will race in the 2018 Manulife Da Nang International Marathon – one of the top marathon destinations in Southeast Asia – on August 12.

Vietnam pays heeds to fortifying its relations with Rwanda, a potential partner of the country in East Africa, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh stated on August 7.

Floods and landslides in Phong Tho district of the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau left six dead, six missing and three others injured, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

ASEAN and China must push and quickly conclude a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea for maritime stability so that the regional grouping can maintain its central role, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on August 6.

Foreign ministers attending the ASEAN Regional Forum (AFF) in Singapore on August 4 emphasised the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint in the conduct of all activities by claimants and all other states and reaffirmed the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation in and overflight above the East Sea.

The recent 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-51) and other related meetings hosted by Singapore have secured many important outcomes, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung told the media recently.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attended the 19th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the eighth East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Singapore on August 4.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has proposed three principles for the future development of the East Asia Summit (EAS).

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had bilateral meetings on August 4 with the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and foreign ministers of the Philippines and Brunei within the framework of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 51) in Singapore.

The 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) took place in Singapore on August 4 with the participation of foreign ministers from 26 countries and the European Union (EU)’s representative.

The 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which was held in Singapore on August 4, agreed that maritime cooperation will be one of the focuses the EAS nations are going to promote in the time ahead.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 3 agreed to continue reinforcing and strengthening the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and China.

Partner countries back ASEAN central role in regional structure

Representatives from ASEAN partner countries have stated their commitments to support the bloc’s central role in the regional structure at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 51) and related meetings in Singapore, which runs between July 30 and August 4.

ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conferences with Partners held in Singapore

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh led a delegation to attend the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference sessions with its partners, namely Japan, China, Russia and New Zealand, held in Singapore on August 2 within the framework of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 51).

US Secretary of State begins Southeast Asia visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Malaysia on August 2, the first stop on a Southeast Asia tour expected to focus on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) denuclearisation and tensions with China.

AMM 51: ASEAN to strengthen intra-bloc economic strength

The 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 51) ended on August 2 in Singapore with a Joint Communiqué urging the bloc to strengthen its internal strength through increasing intra-bloc trade and investment and regional economic connectivity.