VN to host 1st top 2017 APEC meet
HAØ NOÄI The first APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM1) of 2017, scheduled for February 18 to March 3, holds significant meaning in reasserting the organisations 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 Nams 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 Nams 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 Nams 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 Nams 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.