Obama announces new sweeping policy on Cuba: Why now?

Editor’s Note: Dr. Terry F. Buss is a Fellow at the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He wrote this op-ed exclusively for Tuoi Tre News. In his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama promised to improve diplomatic relations with Cuba and eliminate a 50 year long embargo. On Wednesday, Obama proclaimed that he was now going to reverse the … [Read more...]

70 years of development of the heroic Vietnam People’s Army – Major Events (Part 3)

PANO - Together with the Dien Bien Phu Campaign ending the anti-French war and the Ho Chi Minh Campaign driving American imperialists out of the country, in wartime, Vietnamese troops and people conducted such typical campaigns as: President Ho Chi Minh observing the battle of Dong Khe (1950). A filed photo Part 3: Typical campaigns in the resistance wars against French and … [Read more...]

Four senior officers promoted to Sr. Lt. Gen.

PANO - President Truong Tan Sang on December 19th hosted a ceremony announcing the decisions on promotions from Lieutenant General to Senior Lieutenant General of four high-ranking officers of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA). President Truong Tan Sang (C) and the newly-promoted officers The newly-promoted officers are member of the Party Central Committee (PCC), … [Read more...]

Deputy Defence Minister visits Military Zone 7

PANO - Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defence, on December 19th led a mission of the ministry to work with the Military Zone 7 Command on the implementation of the 2014 military and defence missions. A soldier from Division 302 under Military Zone 7 in a training Lieutenant General Tran Don, the military zone’s commander, … [Read more...]

Army’s 70-year anniversary celebrated in France, Japan, Indonesia

The 70 year-history of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) has been written with glorious victories, inspiring national liberation movements of suppressed nations around the world in the past as well as significantly contributing to the current national defence and construction, said Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son. The ceremony held in Paris to mark the army's 70th … [Read more...]

Army units commended for mission fulfillment

PANO - Senior Lieutenant Geneneral Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Minister of National Defence, on December 19th praised the Party committees of the General Staff and Military Zone 1 for their good achievements in implementing assigned missions over the past year. Sr. Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty (standing) highly appreciating Military … [Read more...]

First battle against US troops

PANO - In early 1965, the Johnson-McNamara Plan, part of the US strategy in Vietnam (called the "Special Warfare") in the 1961-1965 period, was in danger of bankruptcy. That directly affected the survival of the Saigon regime. In that context, in March 1965, the USA urgently sent more troops to South Vietnam with the aim of sustaining the Saigon government. On March 8th, 1965, … [Read more...]

70 years of development of the heroic Vietnam People’s Army – Major Events (Part 2)

PANO - After prompt preparations, on December 22nd, 1944, at Tran Hung Dao forest in Hoang Hoa Tham commune, Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang province (present Tam Kim commune, Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang province), the Vietnam Armed Unit for National Liberation was officially founded. The unit had three sections, composed of 34 members selected from Cao-Bac-Lang guerrillas … [Read more...]

Int’l press highlights Vietnam’s rescue of 12 trapped workers

Major news agencies around the world such as AP, AFP and Reuters on December 19 run articles on Vietnam’s successful rescue of 12 trapped workers in a collapsed hydropower plant tunnel. 12 trapped workers rescued. Photo: qdnd.vn AFP of France reported that with tireless efforts by rescuers, the 11 men and one woman were led from the tunnel in good health. Part of the … [Read more...]

Hanoi ceremony marks army’s 70th founding anniversary

A solemn ceremony was held in Hanoi on December 20 to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the 25th All People’s Defence Day (December 22). President Truong Tan Sang addressing the event. Photo: qdnd.vn The event was attended by Party General Secretary and Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Military … [Read more...]

70 years of development of the heroic Vietnam People’s Army – Major Events (Part 1)

PANO - In celebration of the 70thfounding anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army (December 22nd 1944) and the 25th whole people’s defence day (December 22nd 1989), the People’s Army Newspaper Online would like to present some materials marking the historical events of the Vietnam People’s Army, including the directive to establish the Vietnam Armed Unit for … [Read more...]

Paintings auctioned for poor children

PANO - The Sakura Montessori International School on December 19th hosted a charity program for poor children in Hanoi. The painting "Beloved Vietnam" made of egg-shell pieces, seeds and wool being sold at VND 18 million In this program, some paintings, drawn by the school’s kids, featuring the One Pillar Pagoda, sunflowers, peacocks, beloved Vietnam and made of … [Read more...]

Televised program recaptures VPA’s glorious time

PANO - A number of songs and reports shown on in a TV program, titled "Restlessly singing the marching song". The program was broadcast live on VTV1 by Vietnam Television on the evening of December 19th, brought the audience nationwide back magnanimous moments of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) during 70 years of its establishment, fighting and development. "Singing … [Read more...]

Commando help extinguish forest fire

PANO - 65 troops from Commando Brigade 113 of the Commando Arm on December 19th helped local authorities and people put out a blaze in the pine woods under the management of the Forestry Science Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Thanh Cao village, Ngoc Thanh commune, Phuc Yen town, Vinh Phuc province. The blaze broke out at around 2am the … [Read more...]

Army units hold activities celebrating 70 years of VPA

PANO - Units in the whole army on December 19th organized many activities in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the 25th anniversary of the Whole-People Defence Festival. The Command of Military Zone 2 held a get-together for leaders of the zone, Army Corps 29, Front 397, secretaries of party committees of provinces where … [Read more...]

PM proposes orientations for GMS co-operation

Honesty and sincerity in affiliation among member states are crucial to build a GMS community spirit, said PM Nguyen Tan Dung. (Image credit: VGP) NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has proposed four orientations for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) co-operation, stressing the need to ensure the balance of economy, human and environmental factors in the … [Read more...]

Foreign NGOs provide $300mn in aid for Vietnam in 2014

Foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have provided Vietnam with an estimated US$300 million in aid in the year to date, according to the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO). Five hundred international NGOs are operating in Vietnam with 42 more coming and 10 leaving, a representative from the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) said at a … [Read more...]

Remittance ‘grey market’ thrives towards year-end

VietNamNet Bridge – Remittances are pouring into Vietnam towards the year’s end, but most of this money is bypassing the official banking sector. Agents including gold shops and foreign exchange counters, which are not allowed to trade foreign currencies, are some of the most popular routes for money to pour into the country. There are also illegal groups which … [Read more...]

Turkey begins antidumping probe into Vietnam, Malaysia steel over dishonest China exporters

The import department under the Turkish Ministry of Economy has launched an antidumping probe into steel imports from Vietnam and Malaysia, the Vietnam Competition Authority (VCA) announced Friday. The Turkish side unveiled the investigation into Vietnam’s cold rolled stainless steel welded tubes in an announcement on December 12, the VCA, under the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Int’l press hails Vietnam’s rescue of trapped workers

Major news agencies around the world such as AP, AFP and Reuters on December 19 run articles on Vietnam’s successful rescue of 12 trapped workers in a collapsed hydropower plant tunnel. AFP of France reported that with tireless efforts by rescuers, the 11 men and one woman were led from the tunnel in good health. Part of the tunnel of Da Dang-Da Chomo hydroelectric … [Read more...]