In reply to reporters’ queries about Vietnam’s stance on Ban Ki-moon’s
re-election, at a regular press briefing on June 23, Foreign Ministry
Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga said Vietnam congratulates Ban Ki-moon on
his reappointment as Secretary General of the United Nations for another term.
Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga
Vietnam believes that with the cooperation of UN member nations, Ban Ki-moon will make more contributions to UN work and the peace and development of all nations, she said.
Vietnam always attaches importance to multifaceted cooperation with the UN and will continue to work closely with Ban Ki-moon.
Asked about, the Chinese newspaper Global Times which ran a series of articles with its sharp tongue about Vietnam-China relations in connection with both sides’ sovereignty in the East Sea, Ms Nga reiterated “Vietnam’s clear-cut stand that is to settle all issues, including those related to the East Sea, by peaceful means and through dialogues on the basis of international laws.
"The newspaper’s commentary is lacking in goodwill and not true, badly affecting bilateral relations between the two countries and hurting the feelings of Vietnamese people. The newspaper is nothing but the voice of a certain group of people and does not represent the Chinese people. So I think the Chinese people as well as other people in the region and the world cannot share and agree with such comments lacking in goodwill."
Ms Nga affirmed that Vietnam always wants to develop ties of friendship and cooperation with China. The two countries have made significant efforts to build a strategic comprehensive partnership so Global Times’ comments are far from meeting the aspiration of the two countries’ people.
Regarding the exchange of activities between Vietnamese and US navy forces, Ms Nga said Vietnam has carried out similar activities together with the navies of some countries and their calls at Vietnamese ports are quite normal. The upcoming activities between the US and Vietnam navy forces are annually scheduled and agreed upon to strengthen cooperation between the two navies in doing some humanitarian work and exchange professional experience.