Vietnam – Thailand International scientific conference
More than 30 scholars, researchers from Thailand and Vietnam joined the international scientific conference “Vietnam – Thailand: Building a solid strategic partnership in the period of international integration and associate area” associated held by VNUHCM-University of Social Science and Humanities and the Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand held in December 16th.
Attending the seminar were Dr. Vo Van Sen – Rector of VNUHCM-University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ms. Ureerat Ratanaprukse – Consul General of the Consulate General of Thailand in HCM City.
Addressing at the seminar opening, Dr. Vo Van Sen appreciated the strategic cooperation relation between the two countries in recent years. At the same time, he revealed that the conference would focus on discussing on key topics such as the relationship between Vietnam – Thailand, the advantages and challenges in the context of global integration; The current state of economic relations between the two countries and forecast future opportunities; Collaborative research and training; Issues of art-cultural studies between the two countries …
For an overview of the relation between Vietnam and Thailand, Dr. Hoang Van Viet – Director of Thailand Research Center, VNUHCM-University of Social Science and Humanities, commented: “Although the diplomatic relation was established in 1976, the two countries just began to prosper only after a visit to Thailand of Vietnam Prime Minister-Mr. Pham Van Dong in September, 1978. Since 1991, bilateral relations steadily improved, especially after Vietnam joined ASEAN, and developed strongly in the last 10 years. ”
According to Prof. Dr. Mai Ngoc Chu – Dean of Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Social Science and Humanities, VNU-Hanoi, besides these advantages, the strategic cooperation relation of Vietnam and Thailand remained challenging in many ways. He said that nowadays the Thai goods was flooding in Vietnamese market, while Vietnam’s goods to penetrated in the Thai market was still at a modest level. Therefore, Vietnam needed to have timely adjustment to create a balance in the trade balance between the two countries.
Prof. Dr. Mai Ngoc Chu added: “Regarding the South China Sea issue, as China unilaterally launched the nine-dash line to monopolize the area, the attitudes of the ASEAN countries were clearly different. Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia hold a tough stance, but Thailand usually avoid any collision with China. This is a problem with a certain difference between the two countries “.
Since then, Prof. Dr. Mai Ngoc Chu said: “Resolving the comprehensive relation of Vietnam – Thailand will contribute significantly to the development of the ASEAN community, to strengthen the friendly relations between the ASEAN countries, and also between ASEAN and Japan, Korea, China, the US and other countries. ”
The workshop also received numerous reports of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Duc Manh, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duy Dung, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tien Luc …
Dr. Vo Van Sen gave commemorative flowers to Ms. Ureerat Ratanaprukse.
Overview of the seminar.
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