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

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. 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. 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 … [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...]

No-one can deny the leadership of the Party (Part 1)

A performance at an exchange to celebrate the 86th founding of the Party (February 3rd 1930-2016). Photo: petrotimes.vn

PANO – The Party has accompanied the nation for 86 years, and over that time it has confirmed its historical role in leading the Vietnamese revolution. These days, when the joyful atmosphere of the traditional lunar New Year is spreading in towns and villages across the country, the Vietnamese people are also celebrating the 86th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the success of the 12th National Party Congress. While most Vietnamese people are expecting a good year for them and the whole nation, some are trying to fabricate stories against the Party on the internet. The People’s Army Newspaper would like to introduce a series of articles to fight back hostile forces’ wrong notions. Part 1: The historical role and mission of the Party has been confirmed In the modern national history, the foundation of the CPV in 1930 is the most important political event for the country and nation. Since then, the role of the Party in leading the … [Read more...]

Part 4: Great progress in social security affairs

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PANO - Another issue that hostile forces target is social security. In their articles spread on social networks and their websites, they hold that the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) takes care of "only Party members but not people in general." They even claim that Party members "look after their personal interests," and as a result, "the 30 years of Doi Moi has brought nothing to the people due to rampant corruption." What is more, they allege that there is not social welfare system in Vietnam, that disadvantaged people in Vietnam are not as supported as people in capitalist countries, and that the 12th National Party Congress does not have anything new relating the poor. The Party for the people During a recent lecture given to military officers and defense workers of Economic Corporation 36 under the Defense Ministry, Dr. Le Xuan Nghia, member of the Council for National Financial and Monetary Consultancy, told a story about the Party’s and State’s concern and care … [Read more...]

Part 3: People’s right to enjoy cultural products increasingly improved

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PANO – Over the past 30 years, localities across the country have always earmarked a considerable part of their budget to invest in cultural facilities and build up cultural institutions with the aim of improving the people’s right to enjoy cultural products. The State has also increasingly invested in the cultural sector in accordance to economic growth. Everyone knows that the status and power of a country depends on a number of factors. Together with a good political system suited to the people’s aspiration, a growing economy and defence forces strong enough to firmly defend the country, culture plays an increasingly important role in the country’s sustainable development. Perceiving the role of culture, the Party and State of Vietnam has crafted directions and policies to promote cultural development, contributing to improving people’s cultural life and rights. Do not judge Vietnamese cultural life like "blind men and elephants" Looking into some … [Read more...]

Part 2: Reforming without decoloring

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PANO – A ‘high-profile online democratic activist,’ who had for years bled his own mind and strength for criticizing the Party and State of Vietnam, has finally turned back to acknowledge that the Party has increasingly consolidated its legitimacy and credibility as the single ruling party in the country after 30 years of reform (Doi Moi). But he is not alone. In fact, many others with hostile views on the Party used to think that the Party would fail to conduct Doi Moi, and as a result, it would lose its leading position. Legitimacy of the Party has increasingly been promoted In recent days, a number of online newspapers in Vietnamese, such as BBC, RFA and VOA, have made people laugh by posting articles about their predictions for Vietnam by the end of 2016. Authors of the articles, who call themselves Dr. A or Professor B, predict that independent labor organizations and political parties would mushroom in Vietnam by the end of 2016, and that they will unite … [Read more...]

Vietnamese youths committing themselves to following the Party

Delegates at the talk.

PANO – The Vietnam People’s Army Newspaper (PAN), in association with the Defense Television and Radio Center and the Defense Youth Board, held a talk titled "Vietnamese youths firmly stepping under the Party banner on January 19th, at the PAN headquarters, Hanoi. This was seen as a significant political activity to celebrate the 12th National Party Congress. Present at the talk were former Member of the Party Central Committee and former First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, Mr. Vu Mao; former Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics, Lieutenant General Hong Cu; Member of the Chair Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Mr. Nguyen Tuc; former Director of the Institute for human Rights, Dr. Cao Thai; Tran Thi Hoi at the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy; Chief of the Press Office under the Information and Education Department of the General Department of Politics, Senior Colonel Nguyen Van Dinh; Miss … [Read more...]

Part 1: The evident truth about Vietnam’s economic growth

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PANO – Not only Vietnamese leaders, managers, experts but also all people can easily acknowledge the great achievements of the 30 years of reform (Doi Moi) as these achievements are reflected in the daily life, the images of cities and provinces and the development of the country. Unfortunately, a few people have not acknowledged, or pretended not to see, the national achievements over the past 30 years; as a result, they have made subjective and incorrect assessments on and blackened the overall picture of the Doi Moi process, which was initiated in 1986 and has been led ever since by the Party. In doing so, they have denied the truth that most Vietnamese people and international friends have recognized. Doi Moi is an important phase of national history, which has marked the comprehensive growth of the Party, State and nation. Although the Party, in its leading the nation, and the State, in its ruling the country, have made a number of mistakes during the Doi Moi process, the … [Read more...]

NA election system creates foundation for democracy

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PANO – On the morning of January 6th, the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly (NA), the State President, the Government and the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee held a State-level ceremony to mark the 70thanniversary of the first General Election (January 6th, 1946 – January 6th, 2016) at the Dien Hong hall of the NA House. Present at the ceremony were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu; former Party General Secretary Noong Duc Manh; State President Truong Tan Sang; former State President Le Duc Anh; Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung; Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung; former Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Van An; President of the Vietnam Father Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan; other senior officials and former officials of the Party, State and National Assembly; leaders of ministries, Central branches and localities; and NA deputies of various … [Read more...]

Vietnam seriously executing international commitments on human rights

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung at the signing ceremony of the revised 1992 Constitution, which was adopted at the sixth session of the 13th National Assembly.

PANO – Human rights are the universal value of mankind and the outcome of struggles throughout human thousand-year history. Today, ensuring the practice of human rights is the common goal of the international community. What is more, human rights are reflected in policies of countries and agendas of international organizations. Since the foundation of the modern Vietnam, it has persistently pursued its policy of honoring and promoting its citizens’ rights and freedom. In so doing, the State of Vietnam has strengthened international cooperation on human rights by adopting international conventions and strictly implementing international commitments on human rights. As a result, the Vietnamese people have now enjoyed all basic human rights and freedom. Boosting international cooperation on human rights Over the past years, Vietnam has continuously striven for its citizens’ human rights and freedom. In doing so, Vietnam has attached importance to its cooperation on … [Read more...]

A big hope for 2016

An image from the 2015 national parade in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Day

PANO – We, the Vietnamese people, have joyfully seen off 2015 and is now welcoming the first days of 2016 with hope. We all are hoping as the 12th National Party Congress is due to take place in the first month of 2016, which will draw up major directions for the country’s development in the next five years. What is more, we are also celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Election Day of the first National Assembly. Looking back at the year of 2015, we feel happy and proud of great achievements in various areas, which have been made from the common effort of the whole Party, State, army and people. Thanks to the effort, the Government has reached mostobjectives set by the National Assembly (NA) with many targets having been exceeded. These good results were more significant when the world’s economic, financial and monetary situations remained complex; some major countries could not maintain their high economic growth; and the price of oil sharply reduced. These … [Read more...]

Defence cooperation contributes to building ASEAN Community

At the first defence policy dialogue between Vietnam and Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

PANO – The ASEAN Community officially comes into being today, December 31st 2015. The face of regional geo-politics has changed dramatically since leaders of the 10 ASEAN member states signed the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on November 22nd, 2015 on the establishment of the ASEAN Community, a historic document marking an enormous change of the bloc. Looking back at the process of realizing the community, people easily see that regional defense and military relations have made a considerable contribution to and played an important part in building the political and security community, one of the three pillars, which have constituted the ASEAN Community. Although the current regional context is creating large potentials and opportunities for further development, defense and military relations and cooperation within ASEAN still face a number of obstacles and challenges. Highlights in regional defense and military cooperation Alongside defense dialogues within the framework of the … [Read more...]

Students and cadets always trust the Party’s leadership

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PANO – In the last days of 2015, university students and military cadets across the country are trying to obtain more and more good academic results to celebrate the upcoming 12th National Party Congress. In general, they have expressed their trust in the Party’s leadership, responsibility for the society, and strong criticisms of hostile forces’ views reflected in articles full of distorted and fake information about the 12th National Party Congress, which have recently been posted on the internet. The People’s Army Newspaper cites several opinions of students and cadets as follows: Luong Ngoc Anh, student of the Ho Chi Minh City Social Sciences and HumanitiesUniversityAbsolute trust in the Party's leadership The Party is a sacred and noble image in the Vietnamese people’s minds and hearts. Other young people and I feel so lucky to grow up and study in peace. We are proud of the national glorious victories in the wars for national independence and … [Read more...]

Real purposes of hostile forces’ arguments for depoliticizing the army

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PANO – There have appeared a series of articles in online blogs and websites that contain unconstructive opinions and irrational arguments. The articles labeled as "forums for readers" or "online exchanges of personal opinions among readers" in fact use false information and irrational arguments to make a claim for an apolitical army in Vietnam. People all know that hostile forces while conducting their strategy "Peaceful Evolution" against the Vietnamese revolution have defined the army as their key target that they should focus acts of sabotage on. In so doing, they seek to reduce the role of Vietnam’s armed forces, particularly the army, and deny the Party’s leadership over the army. Hostile forces post articles claiming that a modern army must be apolitical, that the Vietnamese army’s missions are only to serve the national interests and the Vietnamese people, and protect the country, but should not be put under the leadership of the Party nor strive for … [Read more...]

Necessary to foster public education of national history and traditions

Local people in a group photo at the Vietnam Military History Museum

PANO – In the intensive globalization process, each nation should preserve its own traditions and culture to avoid losing its national identity. For Vietnam, as it is underway to wide and deep international integration, it should continuously criticize and defeat every plot of hostile forces with the aim of distorting our national history and speaking ill of our traditions. We should also more effectively carry out public education on national history and revolutionary traditions among people, especially young ones. PANO introduces several opinions of experts and researchers on this issue. Mr. Le Xuan Niem, Director of the Center for Traditional and History Education under the Vietnam Psychological Education AssociationHistory is the foundations for sustainable national development Our nation has a glorious history and heroic tradition, which have been shaped throughout thousands of years of national building and defense, particularly during the Ho Chi Minh era. As everyone … [Read more...]

No force could stop Vietnamese people from building socialism

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PANO – Hostile forces and political opportunists recently spread distorted information on the internet, saying that the Party and State reduced the frequency of mentioning "socialism" in official documents, and that this might lead to a fast change in ideology, which would then trigger a "reshuffle of the political institution." In doing so, they aimed to cause doubts about the Party’s ideal and goals in the minds of the public, and undermined people’s trust in the Party’s leadership. But their propaganda campaign will certainly go bankrupt as their arguments are not convincing. In fact, these hostile forces’ trick is not new. This time, they counted the frequency of the word "socialism" in recent documents of the Party and speeches of Party and State leaders and then decided that a "silent historic change" is taking place in Vietnam. They even suggest that the low frequency of the word "socialism" mentioned by Party and State leaders means that the … [Read more...]

What is behind the supports for pluralism and a multiparty system?

The Vietnamese people have chosen the Party as the leader of the country.

PANO – Fake democratic activists always use the issue of pluralism and multiparty as an instrument to attack the Communist Party of Vietnam. As usual, they increase the frequency of posting articles on the Internet against the Party and State in the buildup to the 12th National Party Congress. Recently, they posted a number of articles on their personal websites and blogs and invited visitors to those websites and blogs to discuss and exchange views on the articles. Through the online forums and exchanges, they aimed to provoke people into supporting the formation of a pluralist and multiparty system in Vietnam. In their articles, they praise the preeminence of capitalism while speaking ill of socialism. In doing so, they highlight the economic development level and per-capita GDP of several Western economies on the one hand, while on the other hand they deliberately link some limitations of the Party’s leadership and weaknesses of local governments’ management with … [Read more...]

Army asked to successfully fulfill 2016 defence and military missions

General Phung Quang Thanh addressing the conference

PANO–The Central Military Commission and the National Defence Ministry on December 10th held a conference to review the 2015 national defence and military missions. Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission, Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh chaired the conference. Standing Member of the Central Military Commission, Director of the General Department of Politics, General Ngo Xuan Lich; Standing Member of the Central Military Commission, Deputy Defence Minister, Chief of the General Staff, General Do Ba Ty; Standing Member of the Central Military Commission, Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung; Member of the Central Military Commission, Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh; other Deputy Defence Ministers and leaders of the general departments, services, defence agencies, arms, military zones and army corps also attended the conference. The conference was also transmitted live to 120 military … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s persistent policy aims for human rights and people

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PANO – Over the past 70 years, Vietnam has obtained a number of important achievements in human rights. These achievements reflect the fact that that all matters relating to human rights and citizenship have been put into Vietnamese laws, and that the Government and local authorities have always taken human rights for the citizens into account during realization of the Party’s and State’s policies and implementing their missions. Experts offered the above assessments while discussing human rights and practices of human rights at a seminar titled "Vietnam’s human rights achievements over the past 70 years" at the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy, Hanoi on December 9th, 2015. They came to the conclusion that human rights have always been ensured and honoured by the political system, and practices of human rights have been seen in every aspect of life. The Party serves as the "director" The Party serves as the "director" in the process of ensuring and … [Read more...]