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Vietnam’s Communist Party leaders warn of challenges ahead

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Senior members of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party caution that their country faced opportunities and challenges ahead, as they began a key meeting to set the nation’s path for the next five years. Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong declared, “Globalization and global integration are on the right track, but they are met with the rise of extreme nationalism, strategic competition and trade wars.” Trong said the coronavirus pandemic compelled the world to strategically adjust policies. The National Party Congress will also be choosing the nation’s top leaders. Trong is likely to be selected for a third five-year term as the nation’s most powerful leader.last_img read more

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Top Chinese diplomat urges closer ties with US under Biden

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China’s top foreign policy adviser is urging closer ties with the U.S. under the Biden administration, while saying Washington must “effectively respect China’s position and concerns on the Taiwan issue.” Yang Jiechi said the sides will have their differences but should not allow them to derail relations. In remarks to the influential U.S. National Committee on United States-China Relations, Yang continued the positive tone China is taking toward the new U.S. administration. Under former President Donald Trump, ties sunk to a new low over differences on trade, human rights and Taiwan, the self-governing democracy that China claims as its own territory and threatens to bring under its control by military force.last_img read more