Duterte To Visit Vietnam on Wednesday - News On 26 September 2016

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1) Duterte to visit Vietnam on Wednesday

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to fly to Vietnam on Wednesday for a two-day visit, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday. DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said Duterte will be in Hanoi on September 28 to 29 as part of his introductory visits to neighboring countries. “While in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, the President is scheduled to meet with the state President Tran Dai Quang and pay a courtesy call on other top leaders of the Vietnamese government,” he said in a briefing in Malacañang.

“Preparations have also been made for a meeting with the Filipino community in Vietnam who are expected to travel to Hanoi from various parts of the country. There are an estimated 3,800 Filipinos in Vietnam,” Jose added. Jose said Duterte and the Vietnamese leaders will discuss maritime cooperation, enhancement of law enforcement and defense cooperation, increasing two-way trade and investments, strengthening joint cultural activities, as well as heightened exchanges in agriculture and fisheries.

“The leaders are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues,” he said without elaborating. The visit came after Duterte and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguy?n Xuân Phúc held a bilateral meeting at the margin of the ASEAN Summit last September 6 in Vientiane, Laos. Formal ties between the Philippines and Vietnam were established on July 12, 1976, meaning 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations.

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2) VN works for people’s right to development

Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh has affirmed the country’s all-out effort to ensure people’s right to development while addressing the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development.

The Deputy PM, who is also Foreign Minister, stated that since its inception, the Declaration on the Right to Development has been the inspiration for many important international development frameworks, particularly the historic 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement that was adopted in 2015.

He affirmed the relevancy of the principles in the Declaration today, highlighting the right to development as an inalienable human right that is applicable to all people and is not bracketed to any group of countries.

“Everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, religion and ethnicity, is entitled to participate in development and enjoy the fruits of development. In a broader perspective, every country, big or small, is entitled to choose its own way of development and its means to ensure the right to development for its people,” he noted.

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3) 2,500-year-old bronze drum found near world heritage site

A bronze drum dating back 2,000 to 2,500 years ago has been found near a world heritage site in Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province, a conservation centre said on Monday. During the construction of his house, a local resident found the ancient drum in Vinh Loc district, over 1 km from the Citadel of Ho Dynasty which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2011, the centre said.

The drum was identified as a bronze drum of the Heger I type with many sophisticated decorations and patterns, but some parts have been broken, Xinhua news agency reported. The drum’s dimension is 59 cm and its height is 43 cm.

Dong Son bronze drums were produced in the Dong Son culture in Vietnam’s Red River Delta from about 600 B.C. or earlier until the third century A.D.

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