Deputy Defense Minister visits military businesses

TOKYO, July 28 -- Embattled Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Inada, 58, an Abe protege who shares his conservative views and had been suggested as a possible future premier, had already expected to be replaced in a likely cabinet reshuffle next week that Abe hopes will help rebuild his ratings. Support for the prime minister has sunk below 30 percent in some polls, due to scandals over suspected cronyism and a view among many voters that he and his aides took them for granted. Abe apologised "to the people from my heart", in comments to reporters carried live on national television after Inada announced her resignation. He said Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida would add the defence portfolio to his duties, to eliminate any gap at a time when Japan faces tough security challenges, such as from a volatile North Korea. "I want to make every effort to maintain a high degree of vigilance and protect the security of the people," Abe said. Abe had drawn fire from both ruling and opposition party lawmakers for retaining Inada despite her perceived incompetence. "He should have thrown Inada under the bus long ago … doing so on the eve of a cabinet reshuffle only looks like desperation," said Jeffrey Kingston, director of…... [read more]

Cessna C-208B Grand Caravans ​provided forthe Philippines. (Nguồn: ABS-CBN News) Hanoi (VNA) - The United States sent two surveillance aircraft and began delivering weapons to the Philippines on July 27 to help the Asian nation fight Islamist militants. The two Cessna C208B planes, which together with their equipment are worth more than 30 million USD, will track Islamic State (IS) group-styled gunmen as well as patrol maritime borders, US ambassador Sung Kim and Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. The US has also flown P3 Orion surveillance aircraft over Marawi while US Special Forces troops based in the southern region of Mindanao have been operating drones, which aimed at helping Philippine forces locate the militants. Ambassador Sung Kim said the US had also begun delivering nearly 1,000 rockets, hundreds of pistols and grenade launchers purchased by the Philippines. Washington will transfer to the Philippine military aerial surveillance systems to further bolster the country’s capabilities to fight those that threat peace and security of the Philippines. These are the latest support from Washington to help President Rodrigo Duterte root out militants who have been fighting government troops in the southern city of Marawi for more than two months. Last week, the US Ambassador affirmed the US will provide a very important support for the Armed Forces of the Philippines in terms of information and intelligence sharing, training, technical advice as well as equipment grants. He also noted that American troops are present …... [read more]

The Chinese air force will keep conducting drills at sea regardless of whatever interference it may encounter, China's state broadcaster reported, following reports that Chinese warplanes flew near Japan and Taiwan in recent days. "The air force's distant sea training has become normal, systemic and practical," China Central Television quoted air force spokesman Shen Jinke late on Thursday as saying. The operations "have faced and dealt with a variety of forms of interference and obstruction, but no matter the obstruction we will carry on just as in the past," Shen said. "No matter who shadows us we will fly often and frequently," he said, adding that the flights were legal and reasonable. The air force said on its microblog earlier this month its planes had recently flown through both the Miyako Strait - which lies between two southern Japanese islands - and the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines. China's long-range flight drills at sea, which started three years ago, were not targeted at any specific country or region, Shen was quoted as saying. But the flights have raised concern among China's neighbours. On Tuesday, Taiwan's defense ministry responded to a series of recent flybys by Chinese fighter and reconnaissance aircraft, saying the self-governed island was prepared to defend itself against China. A Taiwanese Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) (below) monitors a Chinese Xian H-6 bomber near Taiwan's air defence identification zone July 20, 2017. Picture taken July 20, 2017. Ministry of National Defense/Handout via Reuters Beijing claims…... [read more]

The activities have educated the younger generation about Vietnam’s triumphant history and encouraged them to work harder for national construction.  The Vietnam War Veterans’ Association and the Vietnam Young Volunteers’ Association have co-organized activities to honor war veterans in the Central Highlands and help them locate former comrades.  The events have helped young people learn more about history and the national resistance wars, and rallied them to activities to pay gratitude to social beneficiaries. Lieutenant-general and Vice President of the Vietnam War Veterans’ Association Nguyen Song Phi said, "The soldiers, after returning from military service, worked in many different fields. Many of them have engaged in activities to help young people build their own careers. Many war veterans’ children are now successful businesspeople. Their families have been role models for fellow villagers.” The Youth Union of Quang Tri province, the Youth Military Committee, the Political Department of Military Zone 4, and local agencies and organizations burnt incense to pay tribute to war martyrs at Truong Son cemetery. 1,500 Youth Union members and students attended the ceremony. Senior lieutenant-colonel Dinh Quoc Hung, Head of the Youth Military Committee and chief organizer said, “We want to remind young people of our traditions and of our ancestors’ merits. They should fully understand their responsibility in national construction and defense.  Young people have participated in programs to pay gratitude to martyrs, invalids, and their families.” Young people in Can Tho city have regularly engaged themselves in the movement called “Remembering the source of…... [read more]

The Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, is visiting Vietnam from July 26 to 30. The visit will allow him to see firsthand the positive contribution Australia’s defense partnership with Vietnam is making and is also an important opportunity to look at the future of the bilateral defense cooperation program. “Australia has a longstanding and strong history of engagement in Vietnam,” Australian Charge D’Affaires Layton Pike said. “We are working with Vietnam and other countries to ensure our region is safe, secure, and prosperous. Australia’s defense cooperation program in Vietnam is part of this commitment.” Vice Admiral Griggs will meet with the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, and the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Senior Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Minh, at the Ministry of Defense in Hanoi. He will also meet with the Air Force-Air Defense, Navy and Coast Guard leaders to discuss further bilateral cooperation in a range of specialist areas, including maritime security. Vice Admiral Griggs will deliver a speech to Ministry of Defense personnel on overcoming the challenges posed by Australia’s military modernization efforts. He will also visit the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center to discuss Vietnam’s current and future contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations. His visit to Vietnam is one part of an extensive regional tour, including visits to Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam, in which he will discuss Australia’s enduring cooperation with regional military forces. VN Economic Times... [read more]

Hanoi, July 27 (VNA) – A delegation of Party, State, Government, National Assembly and Vietnam Fatherland Front leaders on July 27 laid wreaths at the Monument for Heroic Martyrs and paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi on the 70th anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day.  The delegation included Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man and Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.  At the Monument for Heroic Martyrs, the delegation commemorated fallen combatants who laid down their lives to safeguard the country, as well as contributors to the cause of national liberation, construction and protection.  The same day, several delegations, including those from the Central Military Commission – the Ministry of National Defence, the Central Public Security Commission – the Ministry of Public Security, the Government Office, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and the Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Fatherland Committee of Hanoi, also laid wreaths in tribute to heroic martyrs and paid homage to President Ho Chi Minh.  The Vietnam Invalids and Martyrs Day is a special chance for the entire country to commemorate millions of martyrs and war invalids who sacrificed their lives and health during the wars. VNA/VNP ... [read more]

Additionally, the government asked the Ministry to work with the National Traffic Safety Committee to issue the document “ Traffic Culture” to junior high school students in the third quarter of this year for implementation in the academic year of 2017-2018. Moreover, the Ministry should urge departments of education and training to adopt measures and increase information of traffic safety. Awareness of obedience to road rules and traffic culture should be added in curriculum in preschools and primary school to educate kids. The Deputy PM requested to spread information of orders and raise drivers’ awareness while travelling in streets. Passenger bus drivers, teenagers in countryside are taught road regulations first because they are likely to cause accidents. Local administration should increase people’s awareness of traffic safety through loudspeaker. People’s committees in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and big cities must work out the plan to restore urban traffic orders including managing sidewalk for parking, business. The Department of Transport was assigned to design software to supervise traffic and provide images of violators so that traffic cops can impose fines on them. When it comes to limiting personal vehicle, Mr. Binh ordered to improve public transportation as well as build suitable roadmap for each locality’s socio-economic condition and protect vehicle’s owner especially poor people and near-poor people. In addition, traffic police must enhance handling in “hot spots” for accidents. The Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Security were urged to set up station to check vehicle’s loading capacity…... [read more]

The mission visiting VNMAC On behalf of the VNMAC, Deputy General Director of the center Nguyen Hanh Phuc affirmed that defense cooperation between Vietnam and countries in the world have been developing in both scope and scale, contributing substantially to strengthening and building the environment of peace, stability, and development in the region and the world on the basis of mutual respect for independence and territorial integrity and interests of each country. He also hoped that foreign military attachés to Vietnam continue to contribute to boosting cooperation between the Vietnam People’s Army and their armed forces and the relations between VNMAC and international organizations in easing consequences of bombs, mines and explosives in Vietnam. The military attachés were then introduced to the functions and missions of VNMAC, the real situation of unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination in Vietnam, the National Program for Mine Action (Program 504) of Vietnam, and the support and cooperation proposals from the international community. On behalf of the military attachés, Indian Defense Attachés to Vietnam, Colonel Paranvir Singh Punia, acting head of the military attachés mission in Vietnam, thanked the center for the warm reception and believed that the visit was a chance for military attachés to Vietnam to learn more about the UXO consequence mitigation activities in Vietnam. Translated by Huu Duong... [read more]

  d General Ngo Xuan Lich (right) receiving the New Zealand's defense mission At the reception for the mission, General Ngo Xuan Lich highly valued the results of the earlier talks co-chaired by Deputy Defense Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and the New Zealander Secretary of Defense. The defense minister held that Vietnam - New Zealand bilateral defense ties have seen encouraging achievements over the past time in implementing cooperation deals within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation signed in 2013. He proposed that based on the results of the mission’s visit to Vietnam this time, a cooperation plan be mapped out in accordance with demands and potentials of each side, especially focusing on such fields as sharing of experiences in joining UN peacekeeping operations, search and rescue, natural disaster consequence mitigation, training, information sharing, and more. The two side at the talk  Earlier, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and New Zealand’s Secretary of Defense Helene Quilter co-chaired the talks between the defense missions of the two countries. In the frank and open atmosphere, the two sides exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern and proposed approaches to boost bilateral defense cooperation.  Accordingly, the two sides agreed to increase exchange of delegations; actively bring into play existing dialogue mechanisms; enhance language training cooperation and sharing of experiences in joining UN peacekeeping operations and search and rescue; and boost consultancy and cooperation in…... [read more]

We, today’s generation of the Vietnamese people, are well implementing President Ho Chi Minh’s teaching: “Sick soldiers, wounded soldiers, families of servicemen and martyrs are those who have made great contributions to the Fatherland and people. Therefore, we all feel duty bound to pay gratitude, love and support them.” In the reality, the Party, State and people always respect and highly value the great contribution and sacrifice of troops and people who have devoted their youth, flesh and blood, and even their lives to the Fatherland. The Party and State has given first and foremost priority to the policy for national contributors, and paid due attention to educating people from all walks of life, particularly young ones, about sense of responsibility, duty and gratitude to national contributors.  (Photo for illustration) Although the country’s economy faces difficulties, the Party and State always take good care of national contributors, promote gratitude activities, issue more favorable policies for national contributors, and restlessly improve living conditions of national contributors. Party committees and authorities from the Central level to local one earmark a considerable amount of resources for searching and collecting remains of martyrs as well as building and upgrading cemeteries of martyrs and other memorial projects. As a result, pay-back movements have been developing in depth and width, and now become a national cultural beauty and humane feature continuously upheld by the whole people and society. In spite of the great effort of the Party and State,…... [read more]

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