Economics - Politics
Vietnam’s hosting of APEC 2017, with the convergence of both leading and emerging economies,plays a significant role in reaffirming its dynamic socio-economic development as well as active participation in regional and international forums.
The first ever visit to Vietnam by a Japanese Emperor and Empress is a historical event of great significance to the two countries’ traditional relationship, press secretary of the Emperor Hatsuhisa Takashima told the Vietnam News Agency.
The first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 1) went on in Nha Trang city on February 23 with 430 delegates participating in 11 activities of eight committees, working groups and forums.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hoped that Vietnam’s trade, investment, and defence-security cooperation with the UK will be growing strongly following the visit by Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox.
Vietnam has reiterated its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracels) archipelagoes, and held that all construction and reclamation at the two archipelagoes without Vietnam’s permission are illegal.
The APEC Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting (FCBDM) finished the first working day in Nha Trang city, in the central province of Khanh Hoa on February 23.