The request was made by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defense Minister, head of the Vietnam inter-sectoral working group for Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations, and Head of Defense Ministry’s Steering Committee on Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations, at a meeting on February 18 in Hanoi. He also asked the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VNDPKO) and relevant units to officially debut the engineer contingent and kick-start training courses for the force in June 2019. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh chairs the working session. According to Senior Colonel Hoang Kim Phung, VNDPKO Director, Vietnam has completed its registration to the Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS). Accordingly, the country has registered 268 stand-by officers from the Engineer Corps, the VNDPKO, Commando Corps, Signal Corps, Department of Military Medicine, and Armored Corps to join the … [Read more...] about Preparations for deployment of Vietnamese engineers to UN peacekeeping mission reviewed
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Poet Huu Thinh, Chairman of the Vietnam Writers Association (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The 17th Vietnam Poetry Day officially opened on February 17 in Hanoi, featuring a wide range of activities. The Vietnam Poetry Day, from February 16-21 in Hanoi capital city, Quang Ninh and Bac Giang provinces, is being held along with the 4th International Conference on Vietnamese literature promotion and the 2nd International Poem Festival. The events attracted the participation of nearly 200 writers, poets and translators from many countries worldwide. Within the framework of the events, many exchanges between Vietnamese poem lovers and foreign poets, and exhibitions on life and career of great poets have been arranged. Poet Huu Thinh, Chairman of the Vietnam Writers Association (VWA) said that the Poetry Day is expected to contribute to promoting friendship among countries. He highlighted innovation in poetry and literature activities in Vietnam. The VWA has established a … [Read more...] about 17th Vietnam Poetry Day opens in Hanoi
Back to English Comments News - January 10, 2019 | 08:04 am GMT+7 In Ha Giang in Vietnam’s northern mountains, poverty forces many kids to drop out, but the prospects of hot meals also entice some. It’s 11:20 a.m. Lunch time at the Chien Pho Secondary Boarding School in Hoang Su Phi District in Vietnam’s northern mountain province of Ha Giang, a land of mountains, passes and rocks on the China border. The children do not waste any time. They quickly sit down, seek permission from their teachers, part of Vietnamese etiquette to show respect to elders, and begin to eat as fast as their little hands and mouths allow. Their food trays contain peanut roasted with salt, dried fish, fried eggs, and pumpkin soup besides as much rice as they want. In 15 minutes all are done with the meal. Most of the trays are clean with just a few having some remnants of fish or peanuts. Only for the last two days has Vang Thi Nga, an eighth grader, had the chance to sit … [Read more...] about Where a 50-cent meal is good enough reason to go to school – VnExpress International
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Heading for more cooperation Vietnam and Australia established bilateral defense relations in 1998. Since then, the ties have been developing substantially both in scope and scale. During the course of the relations, the two sides have exchanged various military high-ranking delegations at the ministerial, chief of defense force, deputy ministerial, deputy chief of defense force, and chief of service levels. The first Vietnam-Australia Defense Policy Dialogue In 2010, the Australian Minister for Defense came to Vietnam to attend the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) and the two sides then signed the Vietnam-Australia Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation. Since 2012, the two sides have regularly maintained dialogue and consultation mechanisms at all levels, including the ministerial and deputy ministerial levels. For the past six years, the Deputy Foreign and Defense Ministerial Strategic Dialogues 2+2 have been held regularly in each … [Read more...] about Vietnam to enhance defense ties with Australia, New Zealand