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...]

Vietnamese forces confident about participating in Brunei ADMM+ maneuver

Members of the participating Vietnamese delegation studying the plans for the upcoming exercises and operations

PANO – Within the framework of the ongoing ADMM+ Maneuver 2016 on maritime security and counterterrorism in Brunei, representatives of the participating delegations held meetings on May 2nd in the Multinational Coordination Center at Muara port. Delegates at the meetings discussed ideas and worked out the final draft program for steering exercises with the participation of real forces at sea and counterterrorism operations. Careful preparations for the maneuver During the meetings, leaders of the participating delegations focused their discussion on scenarios, situations, and actions of the Maneuver Command, as well as on the activities of participating forces. Delegates discussed different views in a frank and thorough manner, and finally agreed on the general program. Meanwhile, the participating delegations actively prepared forces and assets for the upcoming exercises. They also expressed their satisfaction with the host’s organization and logistic supplies. The … [Read more...]

Vietnamese forces ready to participate in and to contribute to success of ADMM+ Maneuver 2016

The Chief of the Brunei Defense Forces addressing the opening ceremony

PANO – A grand ceremony to open the ADMM+ Maneuver 2016 on maritime security and counterterrorism was held on the morning of May 3rd in the Multinational Coordination Center, Muara port, Brunei. All participating forces and 18 ambassadors of the ADMM+ member countries attended the ceremony. Promoting confidence and cooperation among ADMM+ member countries Addressing the opening ceremony, Major General Pato Paduka Reri Mohd Tawih bin Adullah, Chief of the Brunei Defense Forces, said this multinational maneuver - with the participation of all ADMM+ member countries - demonstrates that regional countries share common concerns formaritime safety, maritime security, and counterterrorism in the region. He acknowledged the participation of ADMM+ member defense forces. He said that participating countries demonstrated their national responsibility for regional security, as well as their willingness to build confidence and promote cooperation among ADMM+ member countries. The host … [Read more...]

Different views of democracy and human rights should not be barriers to international cooperation

Human rights, including all citizens' right to vote, ensured in Vietnam

PANO – Each country in the world has its own pattern of democracy and pursues its own human rights values. In other words, patterns of democracy and human rights vary among nations. But this does not obstruct cooperation between nations in the modern world. Unlike political thinking during the Cold War, these days political ideology, democracy and human rights are no longer seen as the sole criteria for cooperation and relations between nations. This does not mean the current world neglects democracy and human rights. On the contrary, countries around the world pay attention to democracy and human rights and consider these issues their national sociopolitical priorities. Today Western countries appear to increasingly respect other countries’ patterns of democracy and human rights. The days of international political dictatorship – when Western powers unilaterally imposed their values as international standards to assess, accuse and interfere in other … [Read more...]

Lao Party General Secretary and State President to visit Vietnam to deepen bilateral ties

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith. Source: VNA

PANO – General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Bounnhang Vorachith will pay an official visit to Vietnam on April 25th to 27th. He will visit at the invitation of both the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Tran Dai Quang. The visit of the Lao General Secretary and State President will take place at a time when Laos’ politics is generally stable, its economy keeps growing at a rate of more than 7 percent, its national defense and security is maintained, and its international relations are expanded. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, Laos’ GDP increased 7.5 percent. Meanwhile the average per capita income reached US$ 1,920 and trade revenue stood at US$8 billion. At the same time, Laos invested thousands of billions of Lao kip from the State Budget and mobilized nearly three billion US dollars from both the private sector and foreign … [Read more...]

Defense Minister’s visit to Russia confirms Vietnam’s policy on international integration

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PANO – General Ngo Xuan Lich, Member of the Politburo and Defense Minister, will lead a high-ranking Vietnamese military delegation paying an official visit to Russia at the invitation of General Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu, Russian Defense Minister. During the visit, the Vietnamese Defense Minister will also take part in the fifth Moscow International Security Conference and in the meeting between the host defense minister and the leaders of military delegations of ASEAN countries. Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang, Chief of the Defense External Affairs Department, gave an interview to the People’s Army Newspaper. Reporter: Can you reveal the main purpose of the official visit of the Vietnamese Defense Minister to Russia? Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang: Looking at the schedule, we can see three main activities: Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich’s official visit to Russia; Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and the Vietnamese delegation participating in the fifth … [Read more...]

Chinese forces should treat Vietnamese fishermen humanely: Vietnamese Coast Guard officer

Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Coast Guard, leader of the Vietnamese Coast Guard mission to the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol.

PANO – Amid the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol in the shared fishing grounds in the Tonkin Gulf, reporters from the People’s Army Newspaper interviewed Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Coast Guard, leader of the Vietnamese Coast Guard mission to the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol. The interview follows: Reporter: Can you clarify the objectives and meaning of the joint patrol in the shared fishing grounds in the Tonkin Gulf? Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau: The joint patrol is an annual activity conducted by Vietnamese and Chinese maritime enforcement forces, under the signed agreement on fishery inspection between the two sides. It aims to preserve maritime resources, protect the maritime environment, and maintain sustainable exploitation of maritime resources. The joint patrol also contributes to promoting solidarity and friendship between the two nations. The event also provides a good chance for the two … [Read more...]

Two Japanese training warships docks at Cam Ranh international port

The Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam checking the squad of honor of the two Japanese vessels

PANO – The current visit of two Japanese self-defense training ships to Vietnam has demonstrated the growth in defense relations and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan. Two training warships of the Japanese maritime self-defense force anchored at Cam Ranh international port in Khanh Hoa province on April 12 to start a four-day visit (April 11-15) to Vietnam. Representatives of the Vietnamese National Defense Ministry, Navy, local military forces, and civilian authorities hosted a warm reception for the two Japanese vessels and the 500 officers and sailors onboard. At the reception, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Fukada Hiroshi read a letter from Japanese Defense Minister Nakatani Gen. The Japanese Defense Minister sent his greetings to the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense, the Navy, and the local government. He also expressed his wish to foster the bilateral defense ties between Japan and Vietnam. The Japanese Defense Minister also highlighted Cam Ranh International … [Read more...]

Defense integration aims to protect the country

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PANO – Defense integration is an important part of Vietnam’s international integration process. Therefore, promoting defense integration - in line with the Resolutions of the 12th National Party Congress and the 10th Military Party Congress - will contribute to safeguarding the Fatherland of Vietnam. Regarding external affairs, the documents of the 12th National Party Congress emphasize: "Ensuring the nation’s best interests, on the basis of international law, equality, and mutual benefit among nations, while pursuing a foreign relations policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development; multilateralizing and diversifying foreign relations; proactively promoting international integration; being a reliable friend and partner; and being a responsible member of the international community. "Regarding cooperating while struggling in foreign relations: external affairs aims to ensure a stable, peaceful environment and to maximize international … [Read more...]

Vietnam contributing to ensuring human rights in the world

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PANO – On the sidelines of the 31st Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc offered an interview, reviewing two years of Vietnam’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council.Reporter:How do you assess Vietnam’s participation in the UN Human Rights Council?Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc: After two thirds of its tenure as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Vietnam has demonstrated its image and role in the leading UN human rights council, and improved its status in the international community.Although this is the first time Vietnam has participated in the UN Human Rights Council, it has proved to be an active and responsible member. Together with other members of the council, it has successfully resolved a number of international issues and challenges in human rights. Every year, Vietnam sends a high-level delegation to attend the Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council. In this forum, Vietnam … [Read more...]

Pham Van Dong – a knowledgeable revolutionary

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PANO – Former Prime Minister Pham Van Dong started his revolutionary career when he was a very young intellect. He was born on March 1st, 1906 to an intellectual family in Duc Tan commune, Mo Duc district, Quang Ngai province. During his revolutionary career, he had several other names, such as Lam Ba Kiet, To and Tong. On the occasion of his 110th birth anniversary, PANO would like to introduce the former Prime Minister’s life and revolutionary career. Pham Van Dong was sent to study in Hue, Vietnam’s Capital City under the Nguyen dynasty. In 1924, he graduated the junior secondary education level at the Hue National School (a famous Vietnamese secondary school) and continued to Buoi School, a famous secondary school in Hanoi (Chu Van An Secondary School).He studied there for only two years and did not finish the secondary education level as he decided that school could not help him much in approaching major contemporary ideologies. He then left school and went … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s support to foster ASEAN-US relations for practical results

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PANO – The USA is one of the leading economic partners of ASEAN. At the end of 2014, the two-way trade value between ASEAN and the USA reached US$ 216 billion, and US investment in ASEAN totaled US$ 226 billion. On the evening of February 17th, Vietnamese Prime Minister and his entourage returned to Hanoi, successfully concluding their participation in the ASEAN-US Leaders Summit in Sunnylands, California, the USA. On the occasion, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung gave an interview to the press. Reporter:Could you clarify the meaning of the recent ASEAN-US Special Leaders’ Summit?Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung: This ASEAN-US Leaders Summit bears a special meaning. It is special from the name of the summit to its agenda and its outcomes. First, this has been the first summit between ASEAN and its partner country since the birth of the ASEAN Economic Community. This shows that the USA highly values ASEAN’s position and its central role in the … [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

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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...]