The win in the recent election by left-wing candidate Francois Hollande is a good sign for France-Vietnam relationship, said former French Ambassador to Vietnam Claude Blanchemaison.
The ASEM Initiative for the Rapid Containment of Pandemic Influenza was jointly launched in Hanoi on May 25 by Japan and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).
This will be the first foreign ministers’ meeting since the membership of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) increased to 45 and it will act as a bridge between the two summits- ASEM 7 and ASEM8 with the implementation of decisions made by ASEAM leaders.
Asian and European journalists and financial experts are gathering in Hanoi to discuss the impact of the global financial crisis, the urgency of the two continents’ cooperation in dealing with those challenges as well as the world’s post-crisis future.
Forty-five artists from Asia and Europe will attend the 2008 international music festival in Vietnam (Cracking Bamboo) from September 15-22, according to the Goethe Institute in Hanoi.
Three of 47 museums, which have their exhibits displayed on the website showcasing Asian and European masterpieces, are from Vietnam, namely the Museum of Ethnology, Fine Arts Museum and Museum of Vietnamese History.
Heads of State and Government from the 39 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) began their 6th summit in Helsinki, Finland on September 10. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered a speech reviewing the ASEM process after the fifth summit in Hanoi and proposing future orientations for the grouping.