VN to host 1st top 2017 APEC meet

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HAØ NOÄI — The first APEC Senior Of­fi­cials Meet­ing (SOM1) of 2017, sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 18 to March 3, holds sig­nif­i­cant mean­ing in re­assert­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to boost co-op­er­a­tion for growth in the Asian-Pa­cific re­gion.

The com­ment was made yes­ter­day by For­eign Min­istry Spokesper­son Leâ Haiû Bình at a reg­u­lar press con­fer­ence in Haø Noiä to re­port on Vi­etä Nam’s ex­ter­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. He said the APEC meet­ing will take place in the south cen­tral coastal city of Nha Trang.

Nearly 60 rel­e­vant meet­ings, di­a­logues and work­shops will be held as part of SOM 1, fo­cus­ing on the theme of APEC Year 2017, “Cre­at­ing New Dy­namism, Fos­ter­ing A Shared Fu­ture”, he added.

The APEC Fi­nance Deputies Meet­ing and Cen­tral Bank Deputies Meet­ing will also be held in Nha Trang from Fe­bru­ary 23-24, he said.

Re­gard­ing re­porters’ queries about Vi­etä Nam’s re­ac­tion to a Chi­nese bank set­ting up a branch in the “so-called” Sansa City, Bình said that the Chi­nese bank branch on Phuù Laâm Is­land in Vieät Nam’s Hoaøng Sa ar­chi­pel­ago was il­le­gal.

“We have re­peat­edly af­firmed that Vi­etä Nam has in­dis­putable sovereignty over Hoaøng Sa (Para­cel) and Tröôøng Sa (Spratly) archipela­goes. There­fore, ev­ery ac­tiv­ity car­ried out by for­eign coun­tries in this area, if there is, with­out Vieät Nam’s per­mis­sion is il­le­gal and does not change the fact that Vieät Nam has full sovereignty over the area,” Bình said.

In re­sponse to queries re­lat­ing to the Gov­ern­ment de­cree grant­ing e-visas to for­eign­ers, he said copies of the de­cree in dif­fer­ent lan­guages will be sent to em­bassies and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies in Haø Noäi. The de­cree is aimed at boost­ing tourism and in­ter­na­tional ex­changes between Viet­namese peo­ple and in­ter­na­tional friends. —

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