India’s The Economic Times newspaper has posted an article titled "APEC Summit: Recognition of Vietnam's Economic Achievements and Challenges Ahead" by Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury.

The newspaper hailed Vietnam as one of the fastest growing economies amid the global economic slowdown, saying it has attempted to harmonise interests, seek common ground to bridge differences, and promote cooperation among APEC members while hosting the APEC meeting.

Meanwhile, Japan Times (Japan), The Independent (Singapore), South China Morning Post (Hongkong, China), all also published Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang’s article titled “APEC Vietnam 2017 – Fostering a shared future in a changing world”.

In addition, Malaysian media heightened Vietnam’s achievements of inclusive growth. Notably, The Malay Mail Online posted an article “APEC in Vietnam to promote innovation and inclusiveness” to introduce the activities under APEC 2017 Year in Vietnam, as well as bring out positive comments on Vietnam’s outcomes after its thirty years of reforms.

The APEC event held in Vietnam put the emphasis on Hanoi’s fast-tracking of innovation and inclusiveness, while the country will also bank on efforts to deepen regional cooperation, the article said.

Especially, Xinhua News Agency (China) also published articles on the event. The article said this year's APEC Economic Leaders' Week is held under the theme of "Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future."

Under the theme of "Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future," Vietnam set four priorities during its rotating APEC chairmanship this year - promoting sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth; deepening regional economic integration; strengthening micro, small and medium enterprises' competitiveness and innovation in the digital age; and enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change, the article said.

Vietnam is becoming one of the leading players in the region, said Maria Zelenkova, a research fellow at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies in a recent analysis.

“Vietnam is the centre of close attention on the part of the leading countries of the Asia-Pacific region,” the Russian researcher said, adding that this is due to the increasing role of the country in the international arena, caused by a number of interrelated reasons.

Meanwhile, in a number of conferences in the framework of the APEC summit, Mr. Kim Sang Yeol, Vietnamese honourable Consul General in Gwangju-Chonnam region, the Republic of Korea, made positive comments on Vietnam’s socio-economic development after more than 30 years of Doi Moi (reform), and expressed his belief in the Southeast Asian country’s economic potential.

Kim, who is also General Director of Hoban Construction Co., Ltd and President of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), highlighted that Vietnam is a promising market which offers favourable conditions for foreign investors, including those from the RoK, to enlarge their business.

On November 12th, at the 16th meeting of the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) Council and the 20th ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) Meeting took place in Manila, the Philippines, in preparation for the 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of ASEAN congratulated Vietnam on successfully completing its role as the APEC Chair in 2017, while speaking of the country’s initiative of holding ASEAN-APEC Informal Dialogue, as this was a good chance for ASEAN to expand its relations with partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

Established in 1989, APEC comprises 21 economies, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Vietnam.

Vietnam joined APEC in 1998, and first hosted APEC in 2006./.

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