Hero once named “1 defeats 20″ wins new victory

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PANO - Bui Ngoc Du, who was famous for a series of victories in the war against the Americans, is now renowned for his success in economic activities and his supports for his old comrades in Mang Yang District, Gia Lai. During the war, Bui Ngoc Du was a brave, brilliant and resourceful soldier, who achieved many victories. His most remarkable victory, that later became a source of inspiration for music composer Huy Thuc to write the once-favorite song "Dong suoi La La" (La La stream), happened on February 28th, 1967. At the time, Bui Ngoc Du was the commander of a platoon of company 12, battalion 10, regiment 848, division 320. On the morning of the day, he led his platoon of 9 troops to break down all of enemy's attacks on the assigned defence point, safely protecting a friendly ammunition store. During the combat, some 200 enemy troops with modern equipment, weapons and supported by planes and heavy artilleries launched 15 attacks on the platoon's position on a nameless hill in … [Read more...]

Individuals praised for following the late president’s moral

Addressing the meeting, Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his wish that each delegate will share with people in their localities about lessons and experiences from other outstanding individuals. Outstanding individuals around the country were praised for "Studying and following Ho Chi Minh's moral example" at a meeting in Hanoi on January 24. Delegates from seven cities and provinces across the country shared their practical experiences in studying and following Ho Chi Minh's moral example. Truong Thi Nhan from Hanoi talked about her experiences in mobilising people's contributions to educational encouragement. Bui Ngoc Du from Mangyang district, the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai , said he strove after President Ho's example of thrift, transparence and dedication to work and the people. Meanwhile, Dang Kim Thuy, chief care worker at the General Hospital of southern Bac Lieu province tried to follow Uncle Ho's selflessness and wholehearted … [Read more...]

Bright examples praised in following Uncle Ho’s moral

Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong has praised outstanding individuals around the country in the "Studying and following Ho Chi Minh's moral example" campaign at a meeting in Hanoi on Jan. 24. He expressed his wish that each delegate will share with people in their localities about lessons and experiences from other outstanding individuals. Delegates from 7 cities and provinces shared practical experiences in studying and following Ho Chi Minh's moral example. Truong Thi Nhan from Hanoi talked about her experiences in mobilising people's contributions to encourage education. … [Read more...]

Festival to promote education investment

The 2nd Ho Chi Minh City Education Development Festival will showcase advanced schooling models in Vietnam and abroad and promote investment in education. The four-day event would be larger than last year since the city Department of Education would co-ordinate with various Ministry of Education agencies to organise it, Huynh Cong Minh, director of the former, said. "The event will encourage renovation of the education system and seek investment from international organisations," Minh told the media yesterday. Representatives from various departments and agencies would participate in an investment promotion forum, he added. Text books and learning aids will be on sale at the exhibition which will also provide students and their parents information about overseas educational institutions. At a forum titled "Library is the heart of the school" to highlight the essential role of libraries at schools and encourage reading among students, visitors can hold exchanges with popular … [Read more...]

National reconciliation: Listen to your heart’s call

An art performance highlighting the Vietnamese people's great unity bloc. (Photo for illustration)

PANO – It has been 40 years since the war ended but national reconciliation remains an issue for open discussion. Recently, we had a debate with an American friend on a social website and the debate has elicited us to write an article about national reconciliation. We have an American friend, named Kyle Horst, who has business in Vietnam and often travels between Vietnam and the USA. Although he has lived for years in Vietnam, he has not really understood the story about the Vietnamese reconciliation after the war. The reason why he could not see the Vietnamese reconciliation process is that he sometimes read online articles posted by some hostile individuals. Although Kyle has good sentiment and sympathy with Vietnam and its people due to a long time living in the country, he cannot have an insight into the long story about Vietnamese reconciliation, which is not easy even for Vietnamese people without the background knowledge and experience. 21 years was long enough for … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Party Chief’s visit to USA: A milestone in Vietnam-USA ties

Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and US President B. Obama at talks.

PANO – Right after Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong successfully concluded his official visit to the United States of America (USA), Chief of the Central Commission for External Relations, Hoang Binh Quan, gave an interview to the press on the visit. The People’s Army Newspaper presents the interview as the follows: A historic visitReporter:Over the past days, the international and domestic opinion highly valued the Vietnamese Party General Secretary’s visit to the USA and viewed it as a historic visit. What do you think about the general assessment of the outcomes of the visit?Mr. Hoang Binh Quan: It is true that the visit has drawn a special attention from the press at home and overseas. With all the happenings relating to the visit, from the time to the agenda and reception, the visit was a historic event and an important milestone in the Vietnam-USA relations. I can clarify my point as the follows: First, this is the first time the Party … [Read more...]

Vietnam always pursues self-reliance policy

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (2nd from left) receiving former US President Bill Clinton. Photo: VNA

PANO – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid an official visit to the United States of America from July 6th to 10th, at the invitation of the Administration of US President Barack Obama. The visit was to boost the comprehensive partnership between the two nations. Generally, the press and media in Vietnam and the USA and across the world highly valued the visit and cheered the development in relations between the two nations. However, before and during the historic visit, several overseas-based online newspapers expressed negative views on Vietnam, and some websites and blogs even tried to direct the public opinion toward their bad perspectives. They also distorted information, fabricated stories, aiming to speak ill of Vietnamese leaders and misrepresent the Party’s policies. Everyone knows that Vietnam practices freedom of information, press and expression. In such a circumstance, websites and blogs are free to post anything but they should keep in mind the … [Read more...]

New Press Law to improve citizens’ rights of speech and press

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PANO – Throughout the last two weeks, the 90th anniversary of the Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day was celebrated with various activities taking place across the country. Over the past 90 years, the Vietnam Revolution Press (VRP) has grown up and made great developments. Surprisingly, some overseas press agencies and online websites still have reports based on false and distorted information about VRP and Vietnamese press achievements. With their allegations and shorted-sighted views, they object the progressive amendments to the Press Law and the project to reorganize the Vietnamese press system. Some boldly said that Vietnam has no real freedom of press, and that the "Vietnamese Constitution is opened but the Press Law is closed." Many new rights of press legalized In fact, they have pretended not to understand the amendments to the Press Law and even distorted them in order to ask for a private press. Their arguments are irrational and baseless. They have forgotten the 2013 … [Read more...]

Be alert against poisonous information

The 9th Defence Party Congress.

PANO – Whenever the country is poised to celebrate a major anniversary, overseas hostile and anti-revolutionary forces enhance coordination with domestic malcontents and political opportunists in deploying sophisticated and wicked tricks and schemes in an attempt to damage the reputation of the Party and State. Particularly, they become more and more active in sabotaging the Party and its high position holders before Party congresses at all levels. Old plot, new tricks With the entire nation striving to successfully fulfill the objectives of the socio-economic development plan to welcome Party congresses at all levels in the buildup to the 12th National Party Congress, plenty of false and distorted information has been posted on social websites and blogs, causing domestic socio-political instability and polluting the information environment. They still use the old means of spreading false information with high frequency and quantity via the internet, but dress it up as the new … [Read more...]

Vietnam always preserves principles of independence and self-reliance

Minister of National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh talks with troops of Division 312, Military Zone 1. Photo: mod.gov.vn

PANO – At this point, the 14th Shangri La Dialogue is still echoed across social networks. Complex geo-political issues and Vietnam’s strategy on defending national sovereignty over its seas and islands remain hot topics for hostile forces to make use of in an attempt to distort Vietnam’s political, security and defense policy and strategy. Some have even asked whether it was time for Vietnam to abandon the "three no" policy: "No joining any military alliance, no allying its self with any country in military terms, no allowing any country to set up a military base in Vietnam, and no relying on one country to oppose a third party." From Vietnam’s theory, historical experiences and geo-political conditions, the Vietnamese people continue to uphold its unchanged principles of independence, self-reliance on making political policy and defence strategy in order to firmly protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity. In doing so, Vietnam is also trying to … [Read more...]

Stop acting as “blind men feeling an elephant”

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PANO – A review of the implementation of the socio-economic development plan and State budget in 2014 and the first 6 months of the year is on the agenda to be reviewed by deputies at the 9th National Assembly (NA).Some boldly speculate that there will be some lively debate on the NA floor, with critics suggesting that the "Government’s assessment of national socio-economic development is dishonest and subjective." Six months ago, after the Government delivered its report on the national economic situation at an NA hearing, some dissidents were outspoken on social websites that the "Government has embellished the national economic picture." At that time, official statistics had not been collected. But now official figures (both domestic and international) have demonstrated that the Government’s report on economic development had been truthful and its assessment of the current economic situation had been correct. Accordingly, the country successfully fulfilled almost … [Read more...]

No-one could destroy a nation’s belief

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PANO – Each country and each nation in the world has their own symbol of belief. The symbolized belief promotes and gathers national spiritual strength, sentiment and sacred authentication and serves as the most durable and firmest support for the nation to exist and develop. Any interference in a nation’s symbol of belief is to provoke millions of people’s sacred and profound sentiment. Therefore, anyone who tries to distort information about President Ho Chi Minh will never be accepted by the Vietnamese people. Uncle Ho – Vietnamese national symbol of belief Over the past thousands of years, the Vietnamese people have always been grateful to their national founders, great contributors and heroes. It can be said that Vietnamese people always remember the contributions of national founders and heroes has become one of the good cultural features of the Vietnamese people. After many years studying, historical, cultural and military researchers have reached an … [Read more...]

Mechanism of Vietnam-China border meeting brought to new high

Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong

PANO – On the occasion of the second Vietnam-China Border Defense Exchange Program held in the Vietnamese border province of Lao Cai and Chinese border province of Yunnan, People’s Army Newspaper reporters had an interview with Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Vietnam, Hong Xiaoyong, on the event and border cooperation between the two countries. The interview is as the follows: Reporter:Ambassador, how do you assess the Vietnam-China border situation since the two countries finished the land-border marker planting work in 2008?Ambassador Hong Xiaoyong: Under the directions of the senior leaders of the two countries, the two sides had conducted a number of negotiation rounds in the spirit of friendship and solidarity, and signed the Agreement on the Vietnam-China land border in 1999. Later in 2008, the two countries completed the on-land border marker planting work, which has been considered significant, promoting neighboring friendship and … [Read more...]

Border cooperation fosters Vietnam-China friendly relations

The two sides' border troops joining the first Vietnam-China Border Defense Friendship Exchange Program in March 2014.

PANO – The Ministries of National Defense of the two countries, Vietnam and China, are to co-organize the second Vietnam-China Border Defense Friendship Exchange Program from May 15th to 18th in the Vietnamese border province of Lao Cai and Chinese border province of Yunnan. In the buildup to the exchange, People’s Army Newspaper (PAN) reporters held an interview on the event with Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics, ­ Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia. The interview is as the follows: Reporter: General, please clarify the purpose and significance of the exchange program in strengthening the bilateral relations of unity and friendship between the two States, Armies and peoples?Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia: Vietnam and China are the two neighboring countries, which share the geological features of mountains and rivers, have similar socio-cultural customs and practices and have enjoyed long-standing friendship traditions. The second … [Read more...]

Truth of May 9th Victory must be honored

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and former soldiers. Source: thanhnien.com.vn

PANO – Human beings with common sense are about to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory over fascism (May 9th, 1945 – May 9th, 2015). As usual, the 70th anniversary will be observed in many countries but there is no doubt, the biggest celebration will take place in Moscow, Russia, with the possible participation of a number of heads of state. The world has seen many changes and events over the past 70 years, but the day that Soviet advanced to the final den of the German fascists and completely defeated the German fascism, saving human beings from the genocidal danger, will always be an unblurred milestone in human history: the milestone that marked a victory of human dignity and good judgment over vicious radical nationalism. Nevertheless, there appear some political opportunists in several Eastern European countries and countries of the former Soviet Union, who are trying to distort the historical truth in the aim to downgrade the great value and significance of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam does not participate in any power competition

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh.

We must preserve independence and self-reliance, avoid participating in any power game, or relying on one party to confront another, but that does not mean we recoil from threats, Deputy Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh affirmed in an interview with VOV reporters during his recent visit to Washington D.C. Building confidenceReporter:Mister Deputy Defense Minister, what do the Vietnam-US defense relations focus on?General Vinh: The Vietnam-US defense relations are special as the two armies used to fight each other in a long war. Decades after the war, the two states normalized their relations, including defense ties, which play an important part in the overall bilateral relations. The most important element in the Vietnam-US defense ties is confidence building. Both should trust each other and be confident that they will never be each other’s enemy; that they will not use force against each other in any case, rather they should cooperate with each other to … [Read more...]

New Year fireworks at Hoan Kiem Lake

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PANO – At 00.00 am, January 1st, 2015 of the lunar calendar (February 19th, 2015), colorful fireworks were shot, lightening the sky over Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi. As planned, Hanoi launched fireworks in 30 places at the Eve. While fireworks at Hoan Kiem Lake were splendid, those at Nhat Tan bridge, the newly inaugurated one across the Red River, were an artistic performance. Reporters of the People’s Army Newspaper Online would like to introduce pictures of fireworks at the two places. Cameramen: Trong Hai – Tuan SonTranslated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

State President extends New Year regards

State President Truong Tan Sang

PANO – On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, State President Truong Tan Sang sends New Year message to all Vietnamese at home and overseas. The People’s Army Newspaper Online introduces the English version of the message. Hanoi, February 18, 2015 (December 30, 2014 of the lunar calendar) 2015 Lunar New Year Message Dear all Vietnamese compatriots and troops, On the occasion of the 2015 Lunar New Year Festival, I would like to extend warm regards and best wishes to Vietnamese people, servicemen at home and overseas Vietnamese across the world. I also wish every family and individual happiness and success. In 2014, all Vietnamese people stood united in overcoming difficulties and challenges; maintaining peace, socio-political stability; preserving national culture; growing the economy, promoting external activities and international integration. In short, our nation has achieved remarkable results, bringing a happy New Year to all people. In 2015, we should continue … [Read more...]

Part 1: Artifices to interfere with information

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PANO – There have recently appeared a number of articles on the internet with distorted and fabricated information, targeting at the Party and State of Vietnam by continuously blackening, slandering and degrading senior leaders. These articles have undoubtedly aimed at reducing people’s confidence in the Party and State and creating negative psychology in society. In fact, Vietnamese people in general have turned their back on such false information. But some still have had doubts about it. The People’s Army Newspaper, therefore, publishes a series of articles to point out artifices that hostile forces have used to make up fake information, and provide suggestions on measures to neutralize wrong and false information. "Keep telling lies about senior leaders" – an old trick First, to provide readers with a full explanation of why there has been a good deal of false information about Party, State and Army leaders on the internet on the turn of 2014 and 2015, … [Read more...]

Vietnam creates favorable conditions for private sector to develop

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PANO – There have recently been rumors saying that the Vietnamese Government is unfair to the private economic sector; as a result, the sector has been contracted and many private firms have gone to bankruptcy. Is this true or not? The People’s Army Newspaper’s reporters have met private businesses and learnt about facts. The following is an insight into the situation. Businesspeople becoming much richer The view considering that the private economy has shrunk and private enterprises have become weaker and weaker and been on the edge of bankruptcy seems one-sided, short-sighted or too pessimistic. According to VnDirect Securities Corporation, an affiliate of a well-known private-owned group, IPA Investments Corporation, as of December 25th, 2014, 80 more US$ millionaires appeared on the Vietnamese securities market. This figure has brought the number of businesspeople with their securities holding valued at over US$ one million up to 395. Among them, President of … [Read more...]