MR9 meets with generations of Party committee’s members

NDO – Sen. Lieut. Gen. Luong Cuong, Chairman of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), offered incense to late Gen. Chu Huy Man, former Politburo member, Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, in Hanoi on July 25, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017). >>> Party chief visits nursing centre for revolutionary contributors >>> Thanh Hoa urged to improve care for revolutionary contributors He also visited and presented gifts to Gen. Nguyen Quyet, former Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, and Sen. Lieut. Gen. Pham Thanh Ngan, former Politburo member and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics. On behalf of the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry, Cuong briefed the former leaders on the country’s military and national defence activities as well as gratitude work completed by the whole army. He wished them good health and longevity to continue making precious and practical contributions to the Party’s revolutionary cause and the cause of building the Army. * On the afternoon of July 25, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh visited and presented gifts to families and revolutionary contributors benefiting from preferential policies in Binh Minh town in the southern province of Vinh Long. She also visited Vietnamese Heroic Mother Luong Thi Dinh, whose husband and children lost their lives while…... [read more]

In the meeting with General Fan Changlong, a deputy head of China's powerful Central Military Commission, Carter stressed his commitment to developing "a sustained and substantive US-China military-to-military relationship," the Pentagon said. It said this would be based on a shared desire to deepen cooperation in areas, including humanitarian assistance, disaster response, peacekeeping, counter-piracy, as well as "constructive management of differences". In reiterating US concerns about tensions in the East Sea, Carter called on China and all rival claimants to halt land reclamation and militarization of disputed territory, and to pursue a peaceful resolution in accordance with international law, the Pentagon statement said. Carter also reaffirmed his commitment to reach a consensus by September on a memorandum of understanding aimed at reducing the risk of accidents when the two countries' aircraft operate in close proximity, the statement said. Fan's visit to the Pentagon was part of a week-long visit to the United States, which will include a meeting with US National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House on June 12. Earlier this week, Fan visited the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and US military bases. Wu Xi, deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in Washington, said on June 10 that Fan's trip was aimed at preparing the way for a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.... [read more]

DPRK and RoK on August 25 agreed to end a military standoff that sparked an exchange of artillery fire and had ratcheted up tension on one of the world's most heavily-fortified borders. The two sides also agreed to open a new channel of dialogue to discuss a range of issues with the aim of improving ties, raising hopes for a fresh push to restore talks and exchanges that had been cut off since 2010. "The joint press release published at the contact provided a crucial landmark occasion of defusing the acute military tension and putting the catastrophic inter-Korean relations on the track of reconciliation and trust," the DPRK's KCNA news agency on August 28 quoted Kim as saying in a meeting with military aides. Kim said the accord was reached "thanks to the tremendous military muscle with the nuclear deterrent for self-defense built by the great party as a pivot and matchless ranks single-mindedly united around the party," KCNA said. The comments were made at a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea, the same forum led by Kim last week that warned of military action unless Seoul stopped its propaganda broadcasts. On August 28, the RoK's Unification Ministry said RoK's Red Cross had proposed, in a message sent to the DPRK, to hold working-level talks in the border village of Panmunjom on Sept. 7 to discuss reunions of separated families. Accord on August 25 included a pact to hold the reunions of…... [read more]

The Central Highland Army Corps and Army Corps 15, are most credited as having made significant contributions to developing the region over the years. VOV interviewed major-general Nguyen Xuan Sang who is commander and general director of the Army Corps 15, known as hero of the people’s armed forces and labour hero in the renewal process, and major-general Nguyen Duc Hai, commander of the Central Highland Army Corps, on changes in the region in the past 30 years. Could you elaborate on what your unit has done to help local people? Major-general Hai: As a mobile and key army corps of the Ministry of National Defence, we are always ready to get involved in the cause of protecting and developing the nation. To fulfil the task we have to rely on local people. We have established closely worked with local Party and administration in Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Dak Lak to encourage ethnic minority groups in remote mountainous areas to move to new residential areas. We have successfully persuaded those living scattered in the forest, to resettle in areas where they are guided to cultivate wet rice and build cultural houses. Major-general Sang: We all try to fulfil our duties and responsibilities with love and confidence. We have come to each hamlet to stay and work with people as if in a close-knit family. Major-general Hai: I agree with Sang. The Central Highland Army Corps always stands side by side with local people, especially when floods occur. Another important…... [read more]

The Vietnamese President made the remarks in Hanoi on April 7 at a reception for visiting Chinese Defence Minister Sen. Lieu. Gen. Cao Gangchuan, who is also a Politburo member and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC). President Luong said that the visit of of Mr Gangchuan and the high-level Chinese defense delegation is an important event for the two countries' ties and for the two armies' relations in particular. He added that along with the fruitful development of the neighbourly, traditional and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties and the two States, the two armies' relations reached a new height under the motto of "Friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability, and future-oriented vision" and in the spirit of "good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners." He said he highly appreciated the agreements reached by the two Ministries of Defence, including measures to maintain the regular exchange of information and speed up the conduct of joint patrols on the Gulf of Tonkin. He stressed that the two sides need to increase the exchange of delegations at all levels, particularly in border areas, as well as promote cooperation in military science and technology, and personnel training between the two armies. Mr Luong on this occasion re-affirmed that the Vietnamese State and people consistently pursue the policy of "One China" and resolutely oppose Taiwanese secessionists. The Chinese Defence Minister said that the two armies' friendly cooperation is a part of the friendly,…... [read more]

Mr Manh, who is also Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Military Commission (CPV CMC) made the statement on December 5 at the 2006 Politico-military Conference, held by the CPV CMC and the Ministry of Defence. It is necessary to reform thinking, introduce practical policies and inherit traditions to make the all-people's national defence policies and guidelines an unbeatable power, which will enable the country to prevent and defeat all types of wars, even hi-tech wars, said Mr Manh.The Party leader laid stress on the military and defence tasks of building the all-people's national defence and security adopted at the 10th National Party Congress.The conference was chaired by senior Lieutenant-General Phung Quang Thanh, Deputy Secretary of the CPV CMC and Minister of Defence.... [read more]

State President and Chairman of the Council on National Defence and Security of Vietnam Nguyen Minh Triet sent a congratulatory message to Hu Jintao on being re-elected as Chinese President and Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung cabled a message to Wen Jiabao, who was re-elected Chinese premier. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong sent congratulations to Wu Bangguo for being elected as Chairman of the 11th NPC Sanding Committee. Meanwhile, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Huynh Dam sent his greetings to the newly-elected chairman of the 11th CPPCC National Committee Jia Qinglin. Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan congratulated Vice President Xi Jinping, while Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung sent his greetings to Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem extended his greetings to State councillor Dai Bingguo and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.... [read more]

General Thanh, who is also a member of the Party Politburo and deputy secretary of the Party’s Central Military Commission, wished the Lao People’s Army more achievements in its cause of national construction and defence, hoping that the special solidarity and friendship between the two countries’ parties, states and armies will be strengthened. On behalf of the Party, State and Government of Laos, Ambassador Sunthon Xaynhachac expressed gratitude to Vietnamese officers and soldiers who have shared difficulties with Laos’ army in the past fight against common enemies, as well as in today’s cause of national construction and defence.... [read more]

Mr Manh, who is also head of the Party’s Central Military Commission, praised the efforts of the heroic mobile corps, which has helped maintain national security, foil the “peaceful evolution” scheme of hostile forces and firmly protect a large strategic area. He recalled the corps’ brilliant feats of arms in the past, saying it launched a lightning assault on the Independence Palace - the headquarters of the Saigon puppet regime, arrested all its Cabinet members and contributed greatly to national liberation and reunification. The party leader also highlighted the heavy tasks the corps must undertake in the new context and urged the force to heed the Party’s military line, stay combat ready, anticipate threats and fulfil any task in any situation. The same day, Party leader Manh paid a Tet visit to the Party Committee and administration of Bac Giang province, about 50km from Hanoi. He pointed out difficulties facing Vietnam in 2009 and asked Bac Giang to join hands with the entire nation to prevent economic slowdown, curb inflation, stabilise the macro economy and ensure social welfare. He said that Bac Giang should pay due attention to pouring more investment into disadvantaged areas to narrow the development gap between the highland and lowland areas. He reminded the province to protect the environment while carrying out investment projects and applying advanced technology to production. The Party leader urged Bac Giang to strengthen its Party building work, considering it vital to their success, and to oversee preparations for grassroots-level Party congresses…... [read more]

On visiting his mausoleum, people have the chance to see President Ho resting in peace. The building, located at the centre of historical Ba Dinh Square, has been regularly refurbished to receive Vietnamese and overseas visitors. After President Ho died, in respect to him, the Party and State decided to maintain his body in Hanoi for future generations. Division 69 - the precursor to the Guard for President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum today, was founded on February 16, 1970 with the special task of protecting the late president’s body. No matter how harsh the weather was and how fierce the war of resistance against US imperialists was, the division fulfilled its task. It even managed to move the corpse six times during the war. On August 29, 1975, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was officially inaugurated. The event also marked the traditional day of Division 69. Four months later, the Central Military Commission established an army unit to be in charge of guarding the mausoleum. On May 14, 1976, the Minister of National Defence decided to establish the Command of the Guard for President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum which was entrusted with the task of preserving the corpse, taking care of all the equipment in the building, organising the Honorary Guards and receiving Vietnamese and overseas visitors. As of February 2009, the mausoleum had received more than 37 million visitors, including nearly 4.9 million foreigners from more than 160 countries and international organisations. Over the past 40 years, his body…... [read more]

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