At the event, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung and Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Harriett Baldwin showed delight that they discussed the full range of bilateral and international issues, including those relating to human rights. They affirmed that the two countries strongly advocate global free trade, laud the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) on June 30, and look forward to the continuity of trade relations after the UK leaves the EU (Brexit), including through transitioning the EVFTA. The diplomats discussed the UK’s proposal on transitioning the Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which will boost the relationship between Vietnamese and UK firms for enhanced competition and productivity. Vietnam and the UK are committed to working together in multilateral forums. The UK welcomes Vietnam’s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and both sides expect … [Read more...] about Vietnam, UK hold 7th strategic dialogue
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No matter where you land on the political spectrum, it’s hard not to be alarmed by the land-use decisions being made by the current administration. From the scaling back of and opening to resource extraction at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which includes areas of deep importance to Native Americans and climbers alike, to a biased anti-science agenda that precludes even the discussion of climate change (As I wrote this, it was 68 F in Boulder, Colorado, in January, the time of year when we typically have crisp 35-degree temps and snow on the ground), things are not moving in a climber-friendly direction. Or take this article, which popped up in my Facebook feed as I wrote this piece: “A Trojan Horse Threatens the Nation’s Parks.” In it, we learn that a bill, HR 4558, that seems, innocuously, to establish the new Escalante Canyons National Park and Preserve within a chunk of land in the former Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, is actually … [Read more...] about Crusty Corner: Should Climbing (And Climbing Magazine) Be Political?
At a reception in Hanoi on June 6 for outgoing UK Ambassador Giles Lever, PM Phuc praised his positive contributions to specifying and carrying out measures to foster the strategic partnership between the two nations. The UK is currently the 15th biggest among 116 countries and territories investing in Vietnam with a total investment of US$3.46 billion and 317 valid projects. … [Read more...] about Government leader expresses joy at growing Vietnam-UK ties
The diplomat presented credentials of Queen Elizabeth to President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi on August 7, commencing his tenure as UK ambassador to Vietnam. Addressing the reception, Ambassador Gareth Ward expressed his honour to be the new ambassador to Vietnam, especially when the UK-Vietnam relations have entered a new phase. … [Read more...] about Newly-appointed UK Ambassador to Vietnam begins new term of office
The dialogue was held as part of a working visit by a high-ranking delegation from Vietnam’s Ministry of Defence to the UK from November 27- December 1 at the invitation of the UK Ministry of Defence. During the event, the two sides spoke highly of recent important results in the bilateral defence cooperation. Regarding bilateral collaboration in UN peacekeeping operation, Deputy Minister Vinh thanked the UK side for its coordination with and support for Vietnam in preparing and despatching the level-2 field hospital No. 1 in South Sudan. For his part, Earl Howe praised the professionalism and efficiency of Vietnam’s military medical personnel who are serving at the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. The UK side is willing to coordinate with Vietnam in arranging military medical and engineering units to joining UN peacekeeping activities in the time to come, he affirmed. … [Read more...] about Vietnam, UK hold first defence policy dialogue