Diplomatic highlights in November reviewed

VGP - The successful accomplishment of the APEC Year 2017 Chair and the elevation of bilateral ties with big powers and traditional friends topped diplomatic activities in the country in November. Great success of APEC Economic Leaders' Week

For the second time in its history, Viet Nam successfully concluded the mission as the chair of the 25th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (running from November 6-11), and related activities in 2017.

Under the overarching theme of Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future, the summit gathered economic leaders of the 21 APEC members to discuss the future of free trade, new drivers for economic growth and the role of APEC in tackling common challenges in the region.

The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Da Nang Declaration themed Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future which stipulates long-standing commitment to APEC's mission of supporting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.

During the APEC Economic Leaders' Week 2017, a series of important events took place including the Senior Officials Meeting (CSOM), the Viet Nam Business Summit (VBS), the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the Annual Ministerial Meetings (AMM), and the APEC CEO Summit.

On the sidelines of the APEC Week, the 11 remaining countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP11) took a significant step forward to finalize a new agreement now referred to as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to replace for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement without U.S. involvement. It was clear there would be a need for further changes but that differences had been narrowed down.

As the host of APEC Economic Leaders' Week, Viet Nam represented its status as a positive and responsible member of the international community and its contribution to regional peace, cooperation, and prosperity.

Lifting bilateral ties with partners

The APEC Economic Leaders ' Week also brought out opportunities for Viet Nam to cement and deepen relations with all APEC economies; especially 13 out of 25 its comprehensive and strategic partners in APEC.

On the sidelines of the APEC Week, U.S President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping paid State visit to Viet Nam while Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet paid official visits to Viet Nam. On the other hand, Vietnamese leaders conducted 50 high-level exchanges with other world leaders.

This was the first time in the history an American President visited Viet Nam in his first-year term in office. In addition, President Donald Trump also selected Viet Nam as the first leg out of Southeast Asian countries. Moreover, Mr. Donald Trump was the first U.S. President to attend a CEO Summit.

Chinese President Xi Jinping conducted his overseas trip to Viet Nam since consolidating his power at a party congress in November 2017. Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son assessed that the visit set a 'new hallmark' in the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

During the APEC Week, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks, agreeing to establish a comprehensive partnership, setting an important milestone in the bilateral ties.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria paid the official visit to Viet Nam from November 8-9 to cement and deepen the comprehensive partnership especially in economics, trade, investment, culture, science, technology, and tourism.

* Polish President Andrzej Duda and spouse paid a State visit to Viet Nam from November 27-30 at the invitation of State President Tran Dai Quang.

Earlier, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc lead a Vietnamese high-ranking delegation to attend the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Manila, the Philippines from November 12-14.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation to pay official trips to Singapore and Australia from November 26 to December 2./.

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam