Well-prepared Vietnam ready for U23 Asian Cup


Philippe Troussier said Vietnam were confident to overcome challenges at the 2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup in Qatar and his side targeted a Paris Olympics’ place from this tournament.

Vietnam are in Group D with Uzbekistan, Kuwait and Malaysia, according to the result of a draw conducted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) this week for 16 teams.

Group A consists of Qatar, Australia, Jordan and Indonesia, while Group B gathers Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates and China, and Group C brings together Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Thailand and Tajikistan.

The tournament, a Paris Games qualification, is slated for April 15-May 3 in four host cities in the host country of the 22nd FIFA World Cup last year.

Vietnam were the first team to secure a spot in the finals. The team topped Group C with seven points in the qualifiers. Under Troussier, the team had a 6-0 victory over Guam and beat Yemen 1-0 before drawing 2-2 with Singapore in a match of mere formality as they had already secured the top spot.

This will be the fifth time that Vietnam will compete in the Cup. Their best result was second place in the 2018 edition.

“To me, each group and each rival brings different challenges,” said Troussier, who respected all rivals.

“We all know that the AFC U23 Cup Finals is special for all teams in general and me in particular, because it is also a qualifier of the 2024 Olympics held in France. Regarding the three opponents in the same group with Vietnam, Uzbekistan are theoretically considered the strongest team because they have regularly won good results at youth tournaments at the continental level in recent years.

“I think Kuwait and Malaysia will be direct rivals of Vietnam for the second place at the knockout stage. But as I said, no match will be easy because they have the same dream as us, which is to go as far as possible and have a place at Paris 2024,” said Troussier.

The French tactician currently manages both the national senior team and the U23 squad. He has his advantages in watching his play
ers’ practice and progress, and building plans for each side.

In preparation for the upcoming tournament, Troussier picked a number of young players to train and compete with the national team at the World Cup qualification matches.

Among them, defenders Phan Tuan Tai and Vo Minh Trong, midfielder Nguyen Thai Son and striker Nguyen Dinh Bac received complimentary words from their coaches.

‘I have worked with these U23 players for almost nine months. We have experienced many matches in different tournaments of different levels, including the tough and high-pressure World Cup qualifiers.

“With such good preparation and foundation, I believe these players and the entire team will be confident to play at the upcoming Cup.

“We will continue to improve to be maximally ready against the continent’s top opponents. Of course, in the remaining time, I will coordinate closely with the Vietnam Football Federation to build up the best plan for the tournament.’

In Qatar, teams will compete in round robin format in th
e group stage. The two strongest ones will advance to the quarter-finals.

The top three finishers will qualify for the Paris Games, while the fourth-placed team will participate in a playoff against an opponent from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a chance to compete at the Olympics./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese artists win Francophone Economic Forum awards


Vietnamese artists have received the Francophone Economic Forum (FFA) awards for their works at the exhibition of arts and handicrafts of the Francophone community held in Paris from November 24-26.

Accordingly, painter Dang Canh and sculptor Jean-Pierre Vong were awarded for their stand displaying paintings and sculptures from Vietnam.

As a member of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, Canh has had numerous solo exhibitions in Vietnam and France, including cities like Versailles, Grand Palais, Paris. He was notably selected to exhibit his works at the international exhibition “Artistes du Monde” in Cannes.

Jean-Pierre Vong, a painter and sculptor, was born in Vietnam and has actively engaged in the art field in France, and attended various art exhibitions and displays.

The event was held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties, leaving a profound impression on international friends./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese artists win Francophone Economic Forum awards


Vietnamese artists have received the Francophone Economic Forum (FFA) awards for their works at the exhibition of arts and handicrafts of the Francophone community held in Paris from November 24-26.

Accordingly, painter Dang Canh and sculptor Jean-Pierre Vong were awarded for their stand displaying paintings and sculptures from Vietnam.

As a member of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, Canh has had numerous solo exhibitions in Vietnam and France, including cities like Versailles, Grand Palais, Paris. He was notably selected to exhibit his works at the international exhibition “Artistes du Monde” in Cannes.

Jean-Pierre Vong, a painter and sculptor, was born in Vietnam and has actively engaged in the art field in France, and attended various art exhibitions and displays.

The event was held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties, leaving a profound impression on international friends./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Bright prospect for Vietnam-Japan relations: Japanese scholar


Dr Tomotaka Shoji, Director of the Regional Research Division at the National Institute for Defence Studies under the Japanese Ministry of Defence, has said that Vietnam-Japan relations have potential for further development.

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency’s resident correspondent ahead of President Vo Van Thuong’s official visit to Japan from 27-30, the Japanese scholar said that in the context that this year marks the 50th founding anniversary of Japan-Vietnam diplomatic ties and the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation, the visit is an opportunity for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and President Thuong to reaffirm the strength of the bilateral relations and further development of bilateral/multilateral ties.

According to Dr. Shoji, Japanese people consider Vietnam an ideal tourist destination due to its close geographical location, attractive sites and cuisine. He assessed that Vietnam is a very fast-growing economy and its people are full of energy.

He also expr
essed his delight that Vietnamese people feel familiar with Japan and Japanese people find that Vietnamese people are very friendly, especially when there are many Vietnamese people living in the East Asian country. The feeling of familiarity plays an important role in promoting Japan’s cooperation with Vietnam, he continued.

Regarding the strengths of the Vietnam-Japan relations, Shoji affirmed that the two countries can establish and maintain strong bilateral relations thanks to geographical proximity, ethnic sympathy, and economic complementarity and converging strategic interests.

He said that the first strength is economic collaboration, emphasising that bilateral cooperation in this field has obtained strong progress. Japan has long valued economic cooperation in its foreign policy. With strong economic potential, Japan wants to promote its advantages to strengthen relations with Vietnam. Security is also a very important area of cooperation, Shoji said, elaborating that the two sides have many prospe
cts for cooperation in this regard.

Touching on challenges in the bilateral relations, he said that despite good relations between the two countries, Vietnam and Japan still need to resolve a number of issues, including policies relating to technical apprentices. It is necessary for the two countries to maintain and deepen their relationship by collaborating more in areas such as sustainable economy, environmental protection and regional security, Shoji said. He expressed his confidence that cooperation in the economic and security fields between the two countries will continue to develop in the coming time.

Shoji noted that there are many issues that affect not only Vietnam and Japan, but also other countries in the world, such as climate change. Each country is facing different problems, such as the environment. Therefore, he believed that Japan and Vietnam should work together to solve these problems and this could be a potential area of cooperation in the future./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Bright prospect for Vietnam-Japan relations: Japanese scholar


Dr Tomotaka Shoji, Director of the Regional Research Division at the National Institute for Defence Studies under the Japanese Ministry of Defence, has said that Vietnam-Japan relations have potential for further development.

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency’s resident correspondent ahead of President Vo Van Thuong’s official visit to Japan from 27-30, the Japanese scholar said that in the context that this year marks the 50th founding anniversary of Japan-Vietnam diplomatic ties and the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation, the visit is an opportunity for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and President Thuong to reaffirm the strength of the bilateral relations and further development of bilateral/multilateral ties.

According to Dr. Shoji, Japanese people consider Vietnam an ideal tourist destination due to its close geographical location, attractive sites and cuisine. He assessed that Vietnam is a very fast-growing economy and its people are full of energy.

He also expr
essed his delight that Vietnamese people feel familiar with Japan and Japanese people find that Vietnamese people are very friendly, especially when there are many Vietnamese people living in the East Asian country. The feeling of familiarity plays an important role in promoting Japan’s cooperation with Vietnam, he continued.

Regarding the strengths of the Vietnam-Japan relations, Shoji affirmed that the two countries can establish and maintain strong bilateral relations thanks to geographical proximity, ethnic sympathy, and economic complementarity and converging strategic interests.

He said that the first strength is economic collaboration, emphasising that bilateral cooperation in this field has obtained strong progress. Japan has long valued economic cooperation in its foreign policy. With strong economic potential, Japan wants to promote its advantages to strengthen relations with Vietnam. Security is also a very important area of cooperation, Shoji said, elaborating that the two sides have many prospe
cts for cooperation in this regard.

Touching on challenges in the bilateral relations, he said that despite good relations between the two countries, Vietnam and Japan still need to resolve a number of issues, including policies relating to technical apprentices. It is necessary for the two countries to maintain and deepen their relationship by collaborating more in areas such as sustainable economy, environmental protection and regional security, Shoji said. He expressed his confidence that cooperation in the economic and security fields between the two countries will continue to develop in the coming time.

Shoji noted that there are many issues that affect not only Vietnam and Japan, but also other countries in the world, such as climate change. Each country is facing different problems, such as the environment. Therefore, he believed that Japan and Vietnam should work together to solve these problems and this could be a potential area of cooperation in the future./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

PM chairs consultation conference on master plan for southeastern region


Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired the 2nd conference of the Coordinating Council for the Southeastern Region in Ho Chi Minh City on November 26 to consult about the Master Plan of the region for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050.

PM Chinh, who is also chairman of the council, said in his opening speech that following the 13th National Party Congress, the National Assembly and the Government have issued resolutions to realise the Politburo’s resolutions on socio-economic development for regions, including the southeastern region.

So far, the drafting, appraisal and approval of 107 out of 111 master plans in the national planning system have been completed. Therefore, the building and perfection of the master plan for the southeastern region have advantages, the government leader said.

He requested that the master plan for the southeastern region should take into account leveraging human and natural resources, culture, history, and external resources such as finance, technology, and managemen
t to fully and sustainably develop the southeast into a dynamic and growth-driving region of the country.

The PM asked delegates to discuss development perspectives and directions for the region, delving deeper into the solutions mentioned in the regional master plan which will be submitted to the council for consideration before being presented to the PM for final approval./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency