Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Japan, National Assembly discussions on the Tertiary Education Law, the 80th session of the Interpol General Assembly and the G20 summit were the major issues making headlines this past week.
Vietnam strengthens external relations
The two important external events over the past week were Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Japan from October 30 to November 2 and Kazakhstan"s President Nursultan Nazarbayev visiting Vietnam from October 30 to November 1. Both events demonstrated Vietnam"s open external policies.
PM Dung’s visit was a milestone providing fresh impetus for many commitments and specific action in developing the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan. The two countries also reached a number of economic cooperative agreements.
Gas explosion: 2 deaths, warning of poor quality gas equipment
Two children have been confirmed dead after their house collapsed after a gas explosion in Hanoi on November 3.
The explosion caused concern among consumers about the poor quality of gas equipment available on the market. Authorities have warned consumers not to use low quality equipment.
Worry about climate change
Tidal flooding in Ho Chi Minh City and Southern provinces and floods in the central region illustrate once again the top issue of the millennium story, climate change, and the impacts it can have on Vietnam, which is among the top five countries that will be most seriously affected by climate change.
Climate change is a gradual process but we have enough time and capacity to deal with it if we all join hands to find ways to cope with it.
Vietnam plays important role in Interpol General Assembly
The 80th session of the Interpol General Assembly took place in Hanoi from October 31 to November 4. Under the theme “Connecting Police for a Safer World - Strong Partnerships, Innovation and Building Capacity”, the session reviewed the implementation of resolutions on combating crime as well as the results of the organization"s programmes and plans.
It provided a good chance for member countries to exchange experiences in preventing transnational crimes. The Interpol General Assembly also admitted three new members at the meeting, bringing its total members to 190.
By organizing and hosting the session, Vietnam has demonstrated its efforts towards international integration and commitments to strengthen international cooperation to prevent transnational crimes.
G20 deals with European debt crisis
Leaders of the world"s top economies held a two-day summit in Cannes, France, on November 3-4. They were expected to reach a joint agreement on economic issues, especially on solutions for debt-strapped Europe.
The G20 committed to cooperate with Europe to create a general plan for handling the crisis.
President of European Commission, Manuel Barrosso, said that the G20 summit concluded successfully but there is a lot of work to be done.
“Rock burst” in China kills four
Four miners were killed after a "rock burst", a spontaneous violent fracture of rock deep in a mine, late on November 3 in Sanmenxia City in Henan province. 75 miners were working in the mine and 14 escaped immediately but after 40 hours, all the trapped miners were rescued from the cave-in.
China"s coal mines are the deadliest in the world because of poor safety standards. In 2010, China reported that 2,433 people died in coal mining accidents.
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