Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung speaks at the ceremony (Source: cand)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a ceremony in Hanoi on September 22 to launch Vietnam’s Diplomatic Bluebook 2015 which highlights the country’s foreign policies and outstanding achievements of the diplomatic sector last year.

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said that the book, the first of its kind in Vietnam, also reviews Vietnam’s external affairs in the past five years, while spotlighting new points of the external guidelines approved at the 12th National Party Congress.

The book comprises of six chapters, with one dedicating to an overview of the regional and world situations in 2015 and Vietnam’s stances, while the country’s outstanding bilateral diplomatic activities in 2015 and in the past five years are presented in the second chapter.

The third chapter deals with Vietnam’s multilateral diplomatic policy, including diplomatic activities within the framework of the United Nations, ASEAN and international cooperation in democracy and human rights.

The role of diplomacy in serving national development and defence is discussed in the fourth chapter, which covers economic and cultural diplomacy, overseas Vietnamese-related affairs. The fifth chapter deals with the Party’s and National Assembly’s external affairs and people-to-people diplomacy, while the major features of the 12th National Party Congress’s foreign policy constitute the sixth one.

The book provides detailed analysis of the seven new features in the external relation policy of the 12th Party Congress, including the goal of “safeguarding the ultimate interests of the nation”; relations with major powers and partners important to the national development and security; major guidelines for international integration; the major guidelines for national defence; the new approach to people-to-people diplomacy; and the major guidelines for foreign relations in defence and security.-VNA