Lao mother saves life of Vietnamese soldier

NDO – A ceremony was held in Hanoi on July 18 to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic relations (September 5, 1962-2017) and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty on Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977-2017). Held jointly by the Vietnamese Party Central Committee, the National Assembly, the President’s Office, the Government Office, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and Hanoi authorities, the ceremony welcomed the attendance of senior leaders and former leaders from both countries, as well as former Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and military experts who assisted Laos in conflicts, in addition to revolutionary contributors and Lao students studying in Vietnam. Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said that Vietnam and Laos are close neighbours, sharing the Mekong River and Truong Son Mountain Range, the two countries and people have a long-standing, loyal tradition. Especially, since the establishment of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Lao People's Revolutionary People's Party, that relationship has been increasingly expanded, developed and elevated to a new height. Under the motto of, “Helping a friend is to help yourself," the two peoples of Vietnam and Laos always stand shoulder to shoulder to further enhance the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, holding the relations as an invaluable asset, precious resource and extremely important factor in ensuring the success of each country's revolution, the top Vietnamese leader stressed. General Secretary Trong stated that 55 years ago, amidst…... [read more]

NDO - Today the people of Vietnam and Laos are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty on Amity and Cooperation. Together with this event, the two countries are also celebrating the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Both are significant events, marking a new milestone in the history of Vietnam-Laos relations while also affirming its historic significance to the development of the bilateral relationship in this new period. Geographical and historical proximity has brought Vietnam and Laos closer together for generations. During the wars against foreign aggressors, as well as during periods of national construction and defence, the two countries have always stood side by side. The blood and sweat of Vietnamese soldiers and experts blends with the sweat and blood of Lao soldiers and people becoming an invaluable asset in the hearts of the two countries’ people, a noble symbol of the special solidarity and fighting allegiance between the two countries, a rarity in the history of relations between nations throughout the world. 55 years ago, following the signing of the Geneva agreement on Laos, Vietnam and Laos established diplomatic relations, opening a new chapter in the bilateral relationship. On July 18, 1977, the two countries signed the Treaty on Amity and Cooperation on the foundation of the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity, the unity in fighting and the unshakable friendship between the people of Laos and Vietnam, the great comradeship between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP),…... [read more]

A memorial built in memory of 64 Vietnamese naval soldiers who were killed defending the country’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago against Chinese invaders in 1988 was inaugurated on Saturday in south-central Khanh Hoa Province. The VND150 billion (US$6.61 million) memorial park was built in over two years, starting March 13, 2015. On Mar 14, 1988, a fierce sea battle initiated by invading Chinese warships took place around the Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef, which is part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago off the coast of Khanh Hoa Province. The clash left three Vietnamese ships destroyed, three Vietnamese combatants dead, 11 soldiers injured, and 70 others missing, according to a media note issued by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL), which oversees the memorial park’s construction. China later returned to Vietnam ten prisoners of war, while 64 Vietnamese naval soldiers have since remained missing and are considered as having perished in the battle, the note read. During the battle, many Vietnamese soldiers stood in a circle around the fatherland’s flag to protect it as an action to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelago. The fearless circle of soldiers has since been respectfully referred to as ‘the immortal circle’ by the Vietnamese media and public, giving inspiration to the design of the memorial. According to VGCL, construction of the memorial park, which cost a total of VND150 billion ($6.61 million), was funded by donations from members of labor unions across the country. …... [read more]

Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan said that mirroring the bravery of Vietnamese soldiers who always take hard work on themselves, Viettel always puts national interests and the interests of the people above its own business interests, helping Vietnam develop into a better country.   Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan lauded Viettel's achievements during the joint working session Minister Tuan said that mirroring the bravery of Vietnamese soldiers who always take hard work on themselves, Viettel always puts national interests and the interests of the people above its own business interests, helping Vietnam develop into a better country. During the recent working session at Viettel with Minister of Defence General Ngo Xuan Lich, Minister Tuan had a thorough look at the corporation from an economic viewpoint. Viettel accounts for 50 per cent of the revenue of the biggest ICT enterprises Minister Tuan emphasised, "After 30 years of establishment, Viettel has created a turning point in the history of Vietnam’s development by leveraging telecommunications and IT to not only raise the status of the Vietnamese technology diaspora and national defence, but spread the image of Vietnam across the world. According to industry leaders, the 2016 profits of the five leading telecom enterprises, including Viettel, VNPT, MobiFone, VTC, VNPost, was VND417.3 trillion ($18.4 billion) and their tax contributions amounted to VND49.5 trillion ($2.2 billion). Of the five enterprises, Viettel contributed 61.5…... [read more]

NDO – On July 12 the southern province of Dong Nai held a solemn memorial service to honour and rebury the remains of 72 martyrs who died during the battle at Bien Hoa airport, on January 31, 1968. Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Education and Communications, Vo Van Thuong, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, former President Truong Tan Sang, former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and leaders of the Ministry of Defence, Dong Nai province and relatives of the martyrs, from 23 provinces and cities nationwide, attended the ceremony held at the cemetery for martyrs in Dong Nai province. In his eulogy at the memorial service, Le Van Danh, Secretary of the Bien Hoa municipal Party Committee, praised the contributions and sacrifices of millions of people who spared their youth and sacrificed their lives for the cause of national liberation and reunification. During the war, Bien Hoa and Bien Hoa airport in particular were key battlefields, with strategic significance towards the north eastern gateway of Saigon, the headquarters of Saigon's regime. The battle at Bien Hoa airbase, at dawn on January 31, 1968, was an important battle in the general offensive and uprising of the revolutionary troops during the Tet Offensive in 1968, in wearing out the enemy forces and destroying their technical logistical grounds and planes. However, due to an imbalanced correlation regarding forces and equipment, the revolutionary forces suffered huge losses with many soldiers bravely sacrificed. Through veteran sources, along with…... [read more]

Multiple artifacts and fragments of human bone have been found during an ongoing excavation at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, where a possible mass grave site is said to contain the remains of hundreds of Vietnamese soldiers killed during wartime. The first signs of human remains were found on Monday, four days after the first sod was turned at the southern airport in search of the mass grave. Artifacts such as shirts, backpacks, parachute fabric, belts and leather wallets were discovered at around noon at the excavation site to the west of the airport, according to Major General Tran Huu Tai, deputy political commissar of Vietnam’s 7th Military Region. Shortly after discovering the artifacts, members of the search team also found bone fragments suspected to belong to Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers who were killed during the Tet Offensive of 1968. The Tet Offensive was a military campaign of surprise attacks on several commands and control centers throughout U.S.-controlled southern Vietnam, including the Tan Son Nhat airbase, launched by the People’s Army of Vietnam in 1968. The name of the offensive comes from the Tet holiday, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year, when the first major attacks took place. Ongoing excavations at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Clip: Tuoi Tre The discoveries have solidified the idea that a second mass grave is present at Tan Son Nhat, after the first one containing the remains of 182…... [read more]

NDO – An arts programme themed ‘Commemorating Our Companions’ was held in Hanoi on July 8 to mark the 70th anniversary of War Invalids' and Martyrs' Day (1947-2017). The event, hosted by the Vietnam War Veterans’ Association, was attended by National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu and former President Truong Tan Sang, among other Party and State leaders. The programme featured songs and dances praising their love for the motherland, as well as the exploits of the Vietnamese soldiers who sacrificed their lives for national independence. At the event, Vietnamese heroic mothers, heroes of people’s armed forces, outstanding war veterans and businesses, were presented with presents and certificates of merit in recognition of their contributions to the country. A total of VND 69 billion (US$ 3 million) was raised by businesses and donors for the Vietnam National Fund for Vietnamese Children, the Fund for Study Encouragement and the Fund for Supporting Students, among others. The same day, Politburo member, Secretary of Party Central Committee (PCC) and Head of PCC Economics Commission Nguyen Van Binh led a delegation in offering incense and flowers at the Truong Son and Road 9 National Martyrs' Cemeteries, in Quang Tri province. The delegates expressed their gratitude and deep appreciation for the huge contributions made by the war martyrs, who laid down their lives to bring independence and freedom to the country and happiness to the people. Also yesterday, General Ngo…... [read more]

The grave is suspected to be located in an open field to the west of the airport near the end of one of its runways. According to Major General Tran Huu Tai, deputy political commissar of Vietnam’s 7th Military Region, if the information that there is such a grave proves accurate, it should contain the remains of hundreds of Vietnamese soldiers killed during the Tet Offensive of 1968. The Tet Offensive was a military campaign of surprise attacks on several commands and control centers throughout US-controlled southern Vietnam, including the Tan Son Nhat airbase, launched by the People’s Army of Vietnam in 1968. The name of the offensive comes from the Tet holiday, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year, when the first major attacks took place. The piece of land where the excavation is being carried out used to be under the management of the 370th Air Force Division before being transferred to estate developer CT Land for a commercial project. Search operations for the possible mass grave will be conducted just 100 meters from the site of a similar excavation that took place in 1995 and uncovered the remains of 182 soldiers. Major General Ngo Tuan Nghia, political commissar of the Ho Chi Minh City Military Command, said the excavation would be done by motorized machines until any sign of human remains is found, upon which the work would be continued by hand. The first sod was turned on July 6 after a seminar…... [read more]

Field surveys and excavations are underway at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to search for a mass grave said to contain the remains of hundreds of Vietnamese soldiers killed in wartime. The grave is suspected to be located in an open field to the west of the airport near the end of one of its runways. According to Major General Tran Huu Tai, deputy political commissar of Vietnam’s 7th Military Region, if the information that there is such a grave proves accurate, it should contain the remains of hundreds of Vietnamese soldiers killed during the Tet Offensive of 1968. The Tet Offensive was a military campaign of surprise attacks on several commands and control centers throughout U.S.-controlled southern Vietnam, including the Tan Son Nhat airbase, launched by the People’s Army of Vietnam in 1968. The name of the offensive comes from the Tet holiday, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year, when the first major attacks took place. The piece of land where the excavation is being carried out used to be under the management of the 370th Air Force Division before being transferred to estate developer CT Land for a commercial project. Search operations for the possible mass grave will be conducted just 100 meters from the site of a similar excavation that took place in 1995 and uncovered the remains of 182 soldiers. Major General Ngo Tuan Nghia, political commissar of the Ho Chi Minh City Military Command, said…... [read more]

Construction work has stopped after a potential mass grave dating back to the American War was inside HCM City's Tan Son Nhat Airport.    Photos indicating the position of the mass graves found Dong Nai provincial officials have been searching for the mass grave at Bien Hoa Airport for years and with the assistance of two US veterans, Bob Connor and Martin Strones, they found a mass grave of around 150 Vietnamese soldiers killed in the Tet Offensive in 1968. The US veterans continued providing more documents about another grave of soldiers also killed in the Tet Offensive to the west of Tan Son Nhat Airport. This is also an on-going construction site for the registry centre for aircraft equipment and other facilities. Nguyen Xuan Thang, head of the search team, said they had transferred the documents to the 7th Military Region Command. The documents had been sent to the Department of Policy and the Politburo to halt all constructions to search for the graves.    Suspected positions of the graves Thang said he found two photos indicating the position of the mass grave but one was on the 1st day of Lunar January while the other is on the 2nd day. After having more information from the US, it is suspected that they are two graves. The US had dug a long grave to bury 157 soldiers in the west of the airport and there is another grave for 600 soldiers nearby. In 1995, the local authorities had dug…... [read more]




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