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The 11th Regular Press Conference 2015

(Ha Noi, June 25th 2015)

I. ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.  Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to attend 7th Mekong-Japan Summit
At the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will attend the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo from 2 to 4 July 2015.

This Summit has significance as it is supposed to reach a consensus on the major orientations of cooperation between Mekong and Japan in the 2016-2018 period. The Summit will review the Mekong-Japan cooperation in general and the implementation of the Mekong-Japan Action Plan in the 2013-2015 period in particular. It will also work out cooperation priorities for the coming years. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attends the Summit with a view to promoting the socio-economic development of countries in the Mekong sub-region including Viet Nam, strengthening the cooperation and friendship between Viet Nam and other Mekong sub-region countries as well as the Viet Nam – Japan extensive strategic partnership.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister and leaders of Mekong sub-region countries, pay a courtesy call to the Japanese King, meet with Speaker of the Representatives and Speaker of the Councilors. He will also meet leaders of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians Union, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).    

2. Viet Nam – Thailand Political Consultation
The 5th Viet Nam – Thailand Political Consultation will take place from 27 to 30 June 2015 in Hanoi. Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung is Head of the Vietnamese delegation and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Norachit Sinhaseni is Head of the Thai delegation.

The two sides will discuss practical measures to boost the strategic partnership, especially in the areas of trade and investment, labour, and transportation. The two sides will also discuss international and regional issues and areas of mutual interest.

II. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang recently stated China’s construction activities in the East Sea “fall within the scope of China’s sovereignty” and are “lawful, reasonable and justified”.  He also announced that the reclamation activities would soon complete to make way for the construction of “facilities to meet relevant functional requirements”. Responding to questions on this, MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said:

“Viet Nam’s stance on this issue has been clearly stated many times.
China’s large-scale construction and reclamation on reefs and shoals in the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago is illegal. It cannot change the fact that Viet Nam has sufficient legal and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Truong Sa Archipelago. Viet Nam requests China to immediately halt these activities, respect Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa Archipelagos, seriously comply with international law, particularly the 1982 UNCLOS and the 2002 DOC, and refrain from actions that would complicate the situation or change the status quo in the East Sea.”
   

2. In response to questions regarding two fishing vessels of Quang Binh Province arrested by the Chinese side, MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said:

“On 19 June 2015, the China Coast Guard informed the Viet Nam Embassy in China about the arrest of two fishing vessels from Quang Binh Province, namely the QB 93694 TS and QB 93480 TS, and 17 fishermen on board. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has immediately instructed the Viet Nam Embassy in China to conduct consular visits to these fishermen, work closely with the Chinese authorities and request a prompt release of the Vietnamese fishing vessels and fishermen.

According to the latest information, 17 fishermen and fishing vessel QB 93480 TS have safely returned to Viet Nam. The Viet Nam Embassy in China continues to request an unconditional release of fishing vessel QB 93694 TS.”

 
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