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Regular Press Briefing by MOFA’s Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi on April 12, 2012

I. Announcement

1. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to attend the 4th Mekong – Japan Summit (April 20 – 21)

At the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will attend the 4th Mekong – Japan Summit in Tokyo on April 20 - 21, 2012.

Viet Nam comes to the Summit to join other countries to continue promoting cooperation and friendship between the Mekong sub-region countries and Japan. On the sideline of the Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung plans to meet with Japanese leaders and businesses in order to strengthen the Viet Nam – Japan strategic partnership.

2. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits Australia and New Zealand (April 8 – 17)

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is paying official visits to Australia and New Zealand from April 8 to 17, 2012. The visits aim at further strengthening the comprehensive partnership between Viet Nam and Australia and Viet Nam and New Zealand, laying out cooperation directions in various areas, promoting trade and exchanging views on international and regional issues of mutual concerns.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will also discuss and exchange with competent agencies of Australia and New Zealand experiences on prevention of HIV/AIDS and other social vices.

3. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai to attend the 2nd Meeting of Viet Nam – Venezuela Inter-governmental Commission in Caracas (April 18 – 19)

At the invitation of Venezuela Vice President and Minister of Energy and Oil Rafael Ramirez, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai will attend the 2nd Meeting of the Viet Nam – Venezuela Inter-governmental Commission in Caracas, Venezuela from April 18 to 19, 2012.

Viet Nam and Venezuela will discuss measures to strengthen the bilateral relations, promote on-going cooperation projects, agreements and programs between Viet Nam and Venezuela, especially in oil and gas.

4. “Meet the Localities” - Can Tho City (April 27 – 29)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with provincial and regional agencies co-organize a special event for the diplomatic corps and international organizations themed “Meet the localities” in Can Tho city from April 27 – 29, 2012. This activity, which is part of the Mekong Delta regional trade fair “Achievements in 10 years of building and developing the Mekong Delta”, is to provide opportunity for diplomatic missions and international organizations in Viet Nam to take stocks of development potentials of the Mekong Delta, talk and network with local authorities and businesses in the area.

Members of the media who wish to cover this event shall register with the Information and Press Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.    

II. Questions and Answers:

1. Question: What is your comment on the standoff between a Philippine warship and a Chinese Maritime surveillance vessel in the East Sea?


We are interested in this incident and hold that parties concerned should refrain from taking any action that will complicate the situation and  affect peace and stability in the East Sea and in the region.

2. Question: Could you please update the situation concerning China’s continued detention of 21 Vietnamese fishermen and 2 fishing boats?


Viet Nam has in many occasions clearly expounded to the China side at different levels its position on this issue. China should respect our position and answer our calls, keeping the case from affecting the relationship between the two countries.

3. Question: Could you please confirm that the State Commission on Overseas Vietnamese is planning to send a big delegation to tour Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago?


That the Vietnamese visit their country’s landscapes and sites, including islands in Truong Sa district of Khanh Hoa province is a normal activity.

4. Question: Please comment on a draft decree released recently that requires foreign companies to open offices in Viet Nam and that individual internet users to register their real names when using internet services or social networks?


Organizations and individuals have the right to use internet in accordance with the laws.

Like in other countries, Viet Nam needs to put in place laws to regulate activities in the society, including the use of internet, so as to maintain social order and stability and to make sure internet is not used for illegal activities as well as to minimize adverse impact it may have to the community.

As of now, collection of inputs and opinions for the final draft decree is still underway to guarantee that the decree is in line with Vietnamese laws and international commitments Viet Nam has made in this area.

5. Question: China recently asked a Russian company to keep off oil and gas exploration in the East Sea. What is your reaction to that?


All current oil and gas projects which Viet Nam has been running with its foreign partners, including those with Gazprom, sit well within Vietnamese exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, totally fall under Viet Nam’s sovereign rights and national jurisdiction, in accordance with international laws, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Viet Nam welcomes foreign partners to cooperate with Vietnamese partners in the field of oil and gas within its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, on the basis of Vietnamese laws. Viet Nam commits and has responsibility to protect legal and legitimate rights and interests of foreign partners which are doing business with Viet Nam.


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