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Vietnam News Today (February 10): Party, State leaders pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh

February 10, 2021 | 09:51

Vietnam News Today (February 10) features headlines include Party, State leaders pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh, top Vietnamese, Chinese leaders hold phone talks, new regulations on fees for quarantine, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, anti-dumping tax on sugar.

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Current and former Party and State leaders pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh (Photo: NDO)

Party, State leaders pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh

Leaders of the Party, National Assembly, State, Government and Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) laid a wreath of flowers in tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi on February 9 morning, on the occasion of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival - the biggest traditional festival of Vietnamese people.

Joining the delegation were Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; Politburo member, Permanent member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat and Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education Vo Van Thuong; and Politburo member, President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man.

Former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, former NA Chairman Nguyen Van An, former Permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong and many other former Party and State leaders were also present at the event.

The leaders expressed their profound gratitude for the great merit of President Ho Chi Minh, a talented leader of the Party and people, a great teacher of the Vietnamese revolution who dedicated his whole life to the country and people and led the Vietnamese Party and people to glorious victories.

Later, the leaders also laid a wreath of flowers in tribute to fallen combatants at the Monument for Heroic Martyrs on Bac Son street.

The same day, delegations from the Central Military Commission - the Ministry of National Defence; the Central Public Security Party Committee - the Ministry of Public Security; the Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and VFF Committee of Hanoi also paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and heroic martyrs at the Monument, NDO reported.

Top Vietnamese, Chinese leaders hold phone talks

Vietnamese Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong has proposed VGP - Viet Nam and China further intensify cooperation, overcome all difficulties and challenges, and promote the bilateral traditional friendship between the two Parties, nations and their people to obtain greater achievements in the new period for the interests of their people and for peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

The top Vietnamese leader made the suggestion during his phone talks on February 8 with Party General Secretary and State President of China Xi Jinping, as reported by VGP.

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Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong holds phone talks with his Chinese counterpart. (Photo: VNA)

He stressed that over the past 71 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, despite ups and downs, friendship and cooperation have remained a main flow in the relationship between the two Parties and countries, with a wide range of activities carried out in different forms, thus contributing to the Viet Nam-China Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership.

Trong thanked the Communist Party of China Central Committee for sending its greetings to the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) as well as Xi for his congratulatory message to him.

On behalf of the Chinese Party, Government and people, Xi congratulated the CPV on the success of its 13th National Congress and Trong on his re-election as General Secretary of the 13th-tenure CPV Central Committee.

He expressed his belief that under the sound leadership of the CPV headed by Trong, Viet Nam will successfully implement the 13th National Party Congress’s Resolution and gain new and greater achievements.

Xi affirmed that the Chinese Party, Government and people attach great importance to its traditional friendship and neighbourliness with Viet Nam, and are willing to step up strategic discussions, boost practical collaboration in all fields with the Vietnamese Party, Government and people, and ceaselessly develop the China-Viet Nam Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership in a healthy and stable manner, bringing practical benefits to the two nations' people and contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world.

Top leader: Turn opportunities into reality to build prosperous, happy Vietnam

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong has emphasised the necessity for the entire Party, people, and army to unite, promote patriotism and Vietnamese mettle and wisdom, strive to overcome all challenges and difficulties, and turn opportunities into reality to build a more prosperous and happier Vietnam.

The top leader chaired a get-together for veteran revolutionaries and incumbent and former leaders of the Party, State, and Vietnam Fatherland Front on February 9 as the Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival approaches.

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General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong extends his Lunar New Year wishes to current and former national leaders. (Photo: NDO)

Trong said 2020 was marked by many important events for Vietnam. Despite the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, the country saw major achievements in pandemic prevention and control and socio-economic development, with GDP growth nearing 3 percent.

The leader also highlighted achievements in Party building and rectification and in the fight against corruption and wastefulness and in strengthening defence-security and maintaining national sovereignty.

The top leader highlighted the importance of developing culture, education, and science and technology; protecting the environment; ensuring social welfare; strengthening Party building and rectification and the building of a socialist State ruled by law and a transparent and strong political system; stepping up administrative and judicial reforms; fighting corruption and wastefulness; strengthening defence-security; firmly safeguarding national sovereignty; and ensuring political security and social order and safety to make the country develop rapidly and sustainably, according to NDO.

New regulations on fees for quarantine, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19

The Government has issued Resolution No. 16/NQ-CP on fees for quarantine, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.

1. Foreigners and Vietnamese residing abroad if not subject to concentrated quarantine shall have to bear COVID-19 diagnosis expenses.

The above regulation shall not be applicable to members of high-ranking diplomatic delegations, foreign investors, business managers, experts and guested invited by Ministers, Heads of ministerial-level agencies, Government bodies and Chairmen of Provincial People’s Committees.

Agencies and organizations that invite foreign entrants shall have to notify the local Department of Health about the list of the entrants and addresses of their accommodations for organization of medical surveillance and COVID-19 diagnosis.

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(Photo: VNE)

2. Foreigners and Vietnamese residing abroad subject to concentrated quarantine shall have to have valid international insurance certificate guaranteeing medical check and treatment in Viet Nam.

They shall have to isolate themselves at hotels or resorts and bear expenses for transport from port of entry to quarantine facility, COVID-19 diagnosis, and other services announced by the hotels/resorts.

3. Vietnamese people who go abroad for working, studying, tourism, medical treatment and visiting their relatives shall have to be quarantined at concentrated camps when they return to Viet Nam.

If they choose to isolate themselves at hotels and resorts, they have to pay for related services.

If a returnee is member of a poor or near-poor household, expenses will be covered by the State, VGP reported.

Vietnam imposes anti-dumping tax on sugar imported from Thailand

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has decided to levy a temporary anti-dumping tax of 33.88% on sugar imported from Thailand.

This tax rate will be regularly reviewed to ensure a fair, competitive environment if there is a strong shift from importing refined and white sugar to importing raw sugar in order to avoid anti-dumping tax and anti-subsidy at a higher level.

The decision comes after the Ministry of Trade launched an investigation in September 2020 to see if sugar imported from Thailand had received subsidies from the government.

It later found that Thai businesses shipped nearly 1.3 million tonnes of subsidized sugar to Vietnam last year, an increase of 330.4% compared to the previous year.

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The sharp increase in import volume caused serious damage to Vietnam’s sugar industry, forcing plenty of sugar processing mills to halt operation and lay off workers.

According to the ministry, as many as 3,300 workers have lost their jobs and more than 93,000 farmers have been affected by the inefficient operation of sugar mills, as reported by VOV.

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