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Hanoi, January 26 (VNA) – Below are the top 10 world events of 2019 voted for by the Vietnam News Agency.

Ca Mau, January 24 (VNS/VNA) - If you love nature, favour adventure trips, and are interested in Vietnam's history, then Ca Mau province in the Mekong Delta region is the place for you.

Hanoi, January 20 (VNA) – Vietnam and Thailand held the seventh political consultation under the chair of Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung and Permanent Secretary of the Thai Foreign Ministry Busaya Mathelin in Hanoi on January 20.

Geneva, January 20 (VNA) – Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh held talks with Vice President and head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland Guy Parmelin in Geneva on January 20.

Jakarta, January 20 (VNA) - Head of the ASEAN Studies Program at the Indonesia’s Habibie Centre Ahmad Ibrahim Almutaqqi said on January 20 that the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) Retreat held in the central city of Nha Trang from January 16-17 yielded impressive results, laying solid foundation for ASEAN Year 2020.

Khanh Hoa, January 17 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received Second Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, on January 17 on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ retreat.

Khanh Hoa, January 17 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on January 17 presided over a retreat of the foreign ministers of the ASEAN countries (AMM Retreat), with the participation of the foreign ministers of other ASEAN members and the bloc’s Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.

Hanoi, January 17 (VNA) – Friendship and cooperation have been the mainstream of Vietnam-China relations over the past seven decades, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh affirmed in his article on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic relationship.

Washington DC, January 16 (VNA) – Some US senators on January 15 congratulated Vietnam on assuming the Chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), an important multilateral organisation for advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Hanoi, January 15 (VNA) – The Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) held a roundtable discussion with press agencies on January 15 to share updated information about ASEAN and Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship.

Hanoi, January 15 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has granted an interview to press agencies on foreign affairs, on the occasion of the traditional lunar New Year.

Tra Vinh, January 15 (VNA) – Domestic and foreign investors signed memoranda of understanding on 19 investment projects worth over 205 trillion VND (8.84 billion USD) in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh at an investment promotion conference held by the province on January 15.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends ceremony marking 120th founding anniversary of Tra Vinh province, presents Tet gifts to needy local people (Nhan dan, p1).

Kuala Lumpur, January 14 (VNA) – A symposium on the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) as a tool to address disputes in the East Sea, was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 13.

Da Nang, January 12 (VNA) – Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of its Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh on January 11 received visiting Secretary General of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party Nikai Toshihiro.

New York, January 11 (VNA) – Leaders of the United Nations and officials of some countries highly valued Vietnam’s international stature while meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in New York on January 9 – 10.

Deputy PM meets officials from countries at UNSC open debate

New York, January 10 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister (FM) Pham Binh Minh had meetings with countries’ leaders and foreign ministers that took part in a ministerial-level open debate held by the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York on January 9.

Vietnam, Japan agree to further enhance political trust

Hanoi, January 6 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Japanese FM Motegi Toshimitsu expressed their delight at the impressive development of the Vietnam – Japan extensive strategic partnership over the past years, during their talks in Hanoi on January 6.

Vietnam – Laos great friendship further developed

Hanoi, January 2 (VNA) – Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith is set to lead a high-ranking delegation of the Lao government to visit Vietnam and co-chair the 42nd meeting of the Vietnam – Laos Inter-Governmental Committee in Hanoi from January 2-4.

Indonesia rejects China’s claims over Natuna waters

Jakarta, January 2 (VNA) - Indonesia has dismissed China’s invitation to sit down for a dialogue to “manage disputes” over Indonesia’s exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the North Natuna Sea, arguing that there are no overlapping claims there.