Various activities to mark 100th birth anniversary of Sr. Lt. Gen. Song Hao

Vietnam and China have agreed to intensify the sharing of information and experience in Party building and corruption prevention and control. The agreement was reached during a meeting on September 11 of Tran Quoc Vuong, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of its Inspection Commission, and Yu Chunsheng, Secretary of the Discipline Inspection Commission of China’s Guangzi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The meeting was held within the framework of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to China. At the meeting, Vuong said the cooperation between the two commissions has helped tighten relations between the two parties and the two countries. The Vietnamese Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission always supports collaborative activities and delegation exchanges between Party inspection agencies of the two countries’ localities in order to contribute to the renewal and socialism building cause in each country, he added. The Chinese official affirmed that Guangxi’s Party agencies want to further foster their cooperation with Vietnamese localities, especially in experience sharing in Party building, Party member management and corruption prevention. VNA... [read more]

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President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption struck at Guangdong, China’s largest regional economy, as the Communist Party chief of its capital Guangzhou was put under investigation. Wan Qingliang, previously a vice governor of the southern province, is being probed for "serious violations of discipline and laws," the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website on June 27 without giving further details. The phrase is usually used to signal corruption. Xi started his crackdown after taking control of the party in November 2012, warning that graft threatens its six-decade grip on power. Guangdong, China’s most-populous province, is the latest region to come under the spotlight in a campaign that has ensnared thousands of officials in government, the media and industries including energy and telecommunications. "This corruption campaign is being run on so many levels and has gone on far longer than most people expected," said Ding Xueliang, a professor of politics at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Xi and commission chief Wang Qishan "fear enormously that they may be the last kings of the party and they are fighting to save the regime." The watchdog said in January it punished 182,000 government officials for corruption and abuse of power last year, 13 percent more than in 2012. Du Shanxue, a deputy governor of Shanxi province, and Ling Zhengce, a top provincial official and brother of an aide to former President Hu Jintao, were put under investigation earlier this month. The commission also this month announced a probe…... [read more]

Gen. Truong, Deputy Defense Minister, made that appreciation while working with the Naval Region 3 Command on July 28.  Sr. Lt. Gen. Be Xuan Truong visits Ship 368 of Brigade 172 of Naval Region 3 At the meeting, Rear Admiral Do Quoc Viet, Naval Region 3 Commander, reported on the region’s missions and outstanding outcomes in implementing military tasks, technical work and building a comprehensively strong unit. The Naval Region 3 Command has embraced resolutions and guidelines of the Party and the Central Military Commission on missions of military and safeguarding national sovereignty over its seas and islands as well as directives on technical work. It has also ensured quality, quantity and storage of weapons and technical equipment and improved  repair capacity for its stations while assuring fire safety and comprehensively carrying out the campaign “Good, durable, safe and economical management and use of weapons and technical equipment and traffic safety”. Regarding the coming missions, Gen. Truong asked Naval Region 3 to continue embracing  the Party’s, Central Military Commission’s and Ministry of National Defense’s standpoints, guidelines, resolutions and directives on safeguarding the Fatherland in the current period, especially the mission of defending national sovereignty over its seas and islands. Gen. Truong also urged the command to build forces and conduct training in a regular, elite and modern direction, further ensure good conditions of weapons and technical equipment for such tasks as training, combat readiness, safeguarding national sovereignty over its borders, seas, and…... [read more]

 Delegates in a joint photo Present at the party were Hong Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam; Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong,  member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, permanent member of the Central Military Commission and Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army; other representatives from Vietnamese ministries, departments; and representatives from friendship organizations. Addressing the event, Senior Colonel Luobin, Defense, Military, Naval, Air Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam reviewed the Chinese PLA’s building and development and the relationship between Vietnam and China, two neighboring countries. The Chinese attaché emphasized the ties between the two militaries as an important pillar of the two countries’ relationship. He stressed that the visits of senior leaders of Vietnam and China to each country over the past time have strengthened the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership. He also noted enhanced exchanges of high-ranking military delegations, defense strategic dialogues, effective cooperation in cadre-training and United Nations peacekeeping operations. He hoped that in the coming time, the bilateral defense cooperation would further develop. On behalf of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense’s leadership, Sr. Lt. Gen. Luong Cuong congratulated the Chinese PLA’s personnel on the important day. The Vietnamese officer underscored the long-lasting relationship between the two countries, stressing that it is a valuable treasure that the two Parties, States and peoples should inherit, preserve and develop. Gen. Cuong also laid stress on the comprehensive…... [read more]

The request was made by Senior Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong, member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Minister of National Defense, during the meeting with Song Thu Corporation under the General Department of Defense Industry, on July 27.   Senior Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong chairing the event He also asked the military business to comprehend instructions and resolutions on military and defense missions of the Party, Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defense, and the General Department of Defense Industry and prepare plans for the equitization.  Over the past time, promoting the corporation’s fine tradition, its staff and workers recorded remarkable achievements. In 2016, the corporation built and exported 50 ships to Europe, South America, and Russia and repaired many others. Its last year’s turnover reached VND 2,136 billion and the business has created stable job for more than 1,560 cadres, staff and workers.  The same day, General Truong inspected Factory A32 of Department of Techniques of the Air Defense-Air Force Service. According to its reports, in the first six months of this year, Factory A32 effectively fulfilled all assigned missions. The unit well repaired aircrafts, vehicles and equipment to serve combat readiness and training missions of the Air Defense-Air Force Service. In addition, Party, political, staff and logistics work have been also implemented with remarkable results. Concluding the inspection, General Truong acknowledged the unit’s achievements over the past time and asked its leadership to continue grasping instructions…... [read more]

Gen. Vinh, who is a member of the Party Central Committee, permanent member of the Central Military Commission and Deputy Minister of National Defense, made that commend while chairing a conference to review the service implementation in the first six months of this year, held on July 27 at the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense (MND). The conference assessed that despites complicated developments and increasing unstable situations, tense disputes and conflicts in the region and the world, terrorism- a threat to the world’s security, and globally non-traditional security challenges, the service has been carried out actively, proactively with practical outcomes.  During the conference  Among achievements, bilateral defense ties between Vietnam and other countries have been developing intensively, actively contributing to enhancing trust and maintaining friendship with Vietnam’s partners and to firmly defending national security and territorial integrity. Besides, bilateral defense cooperation have concentrated on training and improving professionalism of personnel engaged in United National peacekeeping operations, overcoming war consequences, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, military technical cooperation, maritime security and defense ties and more. Attentively, due attention has been paid to the defense ties with countries with shared borders and border external affairs are defined as part of the missions of safeguarding the borderline, territorial sovereignty and of strengthening friendship with neighboring countries. Defense external service has well handled the relationship with powerful countries on the basis of mutual benefits, creating strategic balance status and contributing to strengthening the…... [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]