OCS joining hands with Vietnamese Hop Nhat Company

A partnership agreement has been signed by OCS (Japanese Oversea Courier Service Company) and the Hop Nhat Joint-Stock Company, Vietnam. Under the agreement, Hop Nhat will officially become Vietnam's first and sole private company responsible for issuing Japanese language newspapers and other publications in the country, and OCS's local representative for postal and goods express delivery services. According to OCS representatives, the Vietnamese company will provide convenient services for its clients as the company is a member of City Link (Malaysia) and Courier Link (Singapore) and functions as an agent for several other express deliverers, like DHL, Fedex, and TNT among others. From now on, Hop Nhat will serve all of OCS's clients in Vietnam in delivering postal goods between Vietnam and Japan, as well as from Vietnam to other countries within OCS's network. Source: DDDN Translated by Thu Nguyen … [Read more...]

Wonderbuy sells in American style, goes bankrupted in Vietnamese style

VietNamNet Bridge - For the first time in Vietnam, a Vietnamese American-styled retailer--Wonderbuy, has filed for bankruptcy. The story of Wonderbuy should be seen as a good lesson for home appliance retailers.A miss is as good… Wonderbuy supermarket, belonging to Hop Nhat Joint Stock Company, made debut one year ago. At that time, a lot of people, including reporters, once raised a question that why Wonderbuy decided to set up the retail premises at the crossroads of Nguyen Dinh Chieu-Dinh Tien Hoang, which both are one-way roads and located on the left side. It is obvious that the disadvantageous position of the retail premises has badly affected the retailer's business. There is not much traffic on Nguyen Dinh Chieu road, so it would be not too difficult to drop into the supermarket. However, the number of people going on the road and dropping into the supermarket was modest. It would be a big problem for the people going on Dinh Tien Hoang road to drop into the supermarket, … [Read more...]

Central post enterprises fined for violations

The watchdog of the Ministry of Information and Communications has decided to fine five central post companies VND49 million (US$2,950) in total for wrongdoings in conducting post delivery operations. Authorities said the enterprises are from the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Ngai, and Da Nang City. Thanh Tin and Central Hop Nhat Joint Stock companies were discovered charging customers wrong prices and using poor-quality scales. EPS, T.I.M Express and An Duong Trading Import Export Joint Stock companies have been found operating without a license. Reported by Huu Tra … [Read more...]

New Press Law to improve citizens’ rights of speech and press

PANO – Throughout the last two weeks, the 90th anniversary of the Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day was celebrated with various activities taking place across the country. Over the past 90 years, the Vietnam Revolution Press (VRP) has grown up and made great developments. Surprisingly, some overseas press agencies and online websites still have reports based on false and distorted information about VRP and Vietnamese press achievements. With their allegations and shorted-sighted views, they object the progressive amendments to the Press Law and the project to reorganize the Vietnamese press system. Some boldly said that Vietnam has no real freedom of press, and that the "Vietnamese Constitution is opened but the Press Law is closed." Many new rights of press legalized In fact, they have pretended not to understand the amendments to the Press Law and even distorted them in order to ask for a private press. Their arguments are irrational and baseless. They have forgotten the 2013 … [Read more...]

Be alert against poisonous information

PANO – Whenever the country is poised to celebrate a major anniversary, overseas hostile and anti-revolutionary forces enhance coordination with domestic malcontents and political opportunists in deploying sophisticated and wicked tricks and schemes in an attempt to damage the reputation of the Party and State. Particularly, they become more and more active in sabotaging the Party and its high position holders before Party congresses at all levels. Old plot, new tricks With the entire nation striving to successfully fulfill the objectives of the socio-economic development plan to welcome Party congresses at all levels in the buildup to the 12th National Party Congress, plenty of false and distorted information has been posted on social websites and blogs, causing domestic socio-political instability and polluting the information environment. They still use the old means of spreading false information with high frequency and quantity via the internet, but dress it up as the new … [Read more...]

Vietnam always preserves principles of independence and self-reliance

PANO – At this point, the 14th Shangri La Dialogue is still echoed across social networks. Complex geo-political issues and Vietnam’s strategy on defending national sovereignty over its seas and islands remain hot topics for hostile forces to make use of in an attempt to distort Vietnam’s political, security and defense policy and strategy. Some have even asked whether it was time for Vietnam to abandon the "three no" policy: "No joining any military alliance, no allying its self with any country in military terms, no allowing any country to set up a military base in Vietnam, and no relying on one country to oppose a third party." From Vietnam’s theory, historical experiences and geo-political conditions, the Vietnamese people continue to uphold its unchanged principles of independence, self-reliance on making political policy and defence strategy in order to firmly protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity. In doing so, Vietnam is also trying to … [Read more...]

Stop acting as “blind men feeling an elephant”

PANO – A review of the implementation of the socio-economic development plan and State budget in 2014 and the first 6 months of the year is on the agenda to be reviewed by deputies at the 9th National Assembly (NA).Some boldly speculate that there will be some lively debate on the NA floor, with critics suggesting that the "Government’s assessment of national socio-economic development is dishonest and subjective." Six months ago, after the Government delivered its report on the national economic situation at an NA hearing, some dissidents were outspoken on social websites that the "Government has embellished the national economic picture." At that time, official statistics had not been collected. But now official figures (both domestic and international) have demonstrated that the Government’s report on economic development had been truthful and its assessment of the current economic situation had been correct. Accordingly, the country successfully fulfilled almost … [Read more...]

No-one could destroy a nation’s belief

PANO – Each country and each nation in the world has their own symbol of belief. The symbolized belief promotes and gathers national spiritual strength, sentiment and sacred authentication and serves as the most durable and firmest support for the nation to exist and develop. Any interference in a nation’s symbol of belief is to provoke millions of people’s sacred and profound sentiment. Therefore, anyone who tries to distort information about President Ho Chi Minh will never be accepted by the Vietnamese people. Uncle Ho – Vietnamese national symbol of belief Over the past thousands of years, the Vietnamese people have always been grateful to their national founders, great contributors and heroes. It can be said that Vietnamese people always remember the contributions of national founders and heroes has become one of the good cultural features of the Vietnamese people. After many years studying, historical, cultural and military researchers have reached an … [Read more...]

Mechanism of Vietnam-China border meeting brought to new high

Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong PANO – On the occasion of the second Vietnam-China Border Defense Exchange Program held in the Vietnamese border province of Lao Cai and Chinese border province of Yunnan, People’s Army Newspaper reporters had an interview with Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Vietnam, Hong Xiaoyong, on the event and border cooperation between the two countries. The interview is as the follows: Reporter: Ambassador, how do you assess the Vietnam-China border situation since the two countries finished the land-border marker planting work in 2008? Ambassador Hong Xiaoyong: Under the directions of the senior leaders of the two countries, the two sides had conducted a number of negotiation rounds in the spirit of friendship and solidarity, and signed the Agreement on the Vietnam-China land border in 1999. Later in 2008, the two countries completed the on-land border marker planting work, … [Read more...]

Border cooperation fosters Vietnam-China friendly relations

PANO – The Ministries of National Defense of the two countries, Vietnam and China, are to co-organize the second Vietnam-China Border Defense Friendship Exchange Program from May 15th to 18th in the Vietnamese border province of Lao Cai and Chinese border province of Yunnan. In the buildup to the exchange, People’s Army Newspaper (PAN) reporters held an interview on the event with Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics, ­ Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia. The interview is as the follows: Reporter: General, please clarify the purpose and significance of the exchange program in strengthening the bilateral relations of unity and friendship between the two States, Armies and peoples? Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia: Vietnam and China are the two neighboring countries, which share the geological features of mountains and rivers, have similar socio-cultural customs and practices and have enjoyed long-standing friendship traditions. The second … [Read more...]

Truth of May 9th Victory must be honored

PANO – Human beings with common sense are about to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory over fascism (May 9th, 1945 – May 9th, 2015). As usual, the 70th anniversary will be observed in many countries but there is no doubt, the biggest celebration will take place in Moscow, Russia, with the possible participation of a number of heads of state. The world has seen many changes and events over the past 70 years, but the day that Soviet advanced to the final den of the German fascists and completely defeated the German fascism, saving human beings from the genocidal danger, will always be an unblurred milestone in human history: the milestone that marked a victory of human dignity and good judgment over vicious radical nationalism. Nevertheless, there appear some political opportunists in several Eastern European countries and countries of the former Soviet Union, who are trying to distort the historical truth in the aim to downgrade the great value and significance of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam does not participate in any power competition

We must preserve independence and self-reliance, avoid participating in any power game, or relying on one party to confront another, but that does not mean we recoil from threats, Deputy Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh affirmed in an interview with VOV reporters during his recent visit to Washington D.C. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh. Building confidence Reporter: Mister Deputy Defense Minister, what do the Vietnam-US defense relations focus on? General Vinh: The Vietnam-US defense relations are special as the two armies used to fight each other in a long war. Decades after the war, the two states normalized their relations, including defense ties, which play an important part in the overall bilateral relations. The most important element in the Vietnam-US defense ties is confidence building. Both should trust each other and be confident that they will never be each other’s enemy; that they will not use force against each other in any case, … [Read more...]

New Year fireworks at Hoan Kiem Lake

PANO – At 00.00 am, January 1st, 2015 of the lunar calendar (February 19th, 2015), colorful fireworks were shot, lightening the sky over Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi. As planned, Hanoi launched fireworks in 30 places at the Eve. While fireworks at Hoan Kiem Lake were splendid, those at Nhat Tan bridge, the newly inaugurated one across the Red River, were an artistic performance. Reporters of the People’s Army Newspaper Online would like to introduce pictures of fireworks at the two places. Cameramen: Trong Hai – Tuan Son Translated by Thu Nguyen Fireworks at Hoan Kiem Lake Artistic performance of fireworks over the Red River People enjoying fireworks … [Read more...]

State President extends New Year regards

PANO – On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, State President Truong Tan Sang sends New Year message to all Vietnamese at home and overseas. The People’s Army Newspaper Online introduces the English version of the message. State President Truong Tan Sang Hanoi, February 18, 2015 (December 30, 2014 of the lunar calendar) 2015 Lunar New Year Message Dear all Vietnamese compatriots and troops, On the occasion of the 2015 Lunar New Year Festival, I would like to extend warm regards and best wishes to Vietnamese people, servicemen at home and overseas Vietnamese across the world. I also wish every family and individual happiness and success. In 2014, all Vietnamese people stood united in overcoming difficulties and challenges; maintaining peace, socio-political stability; preserving national culture; growing the economy, promoting external activities and international integration. In short, our nation has achieved remarkable results, bringing a happy New Year to all … [Read more...]

Part 1: Artifices to interfere with information

PANO – There have recently appeared a number of articles on the internet with distorted and fabricated information, targeting at the Party and State of Vietnam by continuously blackening, slandering and degrading senior leaders. These articles have undoubtedly aimed at reducing people’s confidence in the Party and State and creating negative psychology in society. In fact, Vietnamese people in general have turned their back on such false information. But some still have had doubts about it. The People’s Army Newspaper, therefore, publishes a series of articles to point out artifices that hostile forces have used to make up fake information, and provide suggestions on measures to neutralize wrong and false information. (Photo for illustration) "Keep telling lies about senior leaders" – an old trick First, to provide readers with a full explanation of why there has been a good deal of false information about Party, State and Army leaders on the internet on the … [Read more...]

Vietnam creates favorable conditions for private sector to develop

PANO – There have recently been rumors saying that the Vietnamese Government is unfair to the private economic sector; as a result, the sector has been contracted and many private firms have gone to bankruptcy. Is this true or not? The People’s Army Newspaper’s reporters have met private businesses and learnt about facts. The following is an insight into the situation. Businesspeople becoming much richer The view considering that the private economy has shrunk and private enterprises have become weaker and weaker and been on the edge of bankruptcy seems one-sided, short-sighted or too pessimistic. According to VnDirect Securities Corporation, an affiliate of a well-known private-owned group, IPA Investments Corporation, as of December 25th, 2014, 80 more US$ millionaires appeared on the Vietnamese securities market. This figure has brought the number of businesspeople with their securities holding valued at over US$ one million up to 395. Among them, President of … [Read more...]

Victory of the Tri Thien-Hue Campaign heralds the fall of Saigon regime

PANO – With the resounding victory of our forces in the Central Highland Campaign and high spirit of our army and people, the Central Military Commission and the General Command decided to launch the Tri Thien-Hue Campaign. The Tri Thien Military Zone and Army Group 2 were entrusted to conduct the campaign, which took place from March 3rd, 1975 to 26th, aiming at encircling and annihilating the enemy units (mainly belonging to enemy Army Group 1 of Military Zone 1) stationed in Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. In the Tri Thien-Hue Battlefield, from late 1974 to early 1975, the enemy organized their units into groupings of entrenched fortifications within the reach of artillery support, which shaped a firm linking defensive system. In every distance of 15km-25km, the enemy built a regiment-level or division-level military base. Those bases functioned as both strong positions for defensive operations and springboards for counterattacks. The enemy force stationed in the zone included … [Read more...]

Central Highland Campaign starts 1975 Spring General Offensive and Uprising

PANO - The Central Highlands played an important strategic role so the enemy had turned the region into a large strategic military base with the aim of wiping out the resistance of the Indo-China nations, preventing our forces from transporting humans and logistics from the North to the South and from the mountainous areas to the plain areas of Zone 5. The enemy forces deployed in the Central Highlands comprised Infantry Division 23, seven commando battalions, 36 battalions of the security force, 230 cannons, and 150 aircraft of the enemy’s Military Zone 2. In general, the enemy deployed strong units in the North of the Central Highlands but the South served as their rear so only some units were stationed there. For our side, the Politburo issued a resolution to liberate the South in 1975. In January 1975, the Standing Committee of the Central Military Commission had a meeting to roll out the Politburo’s resolution and decided to launch the Central Highland Campaign, coded … [Read more...]

Unique military arts in 1972 air-defense operations to protect Hanoi

PANO – In late 1972, the situation in the South was complex and peace negotiations in Paris were tense. The USA tried to resort to military power to improve the situation in South Vietnam and put pressure on our negotiators at the Paris peace negotiation. To realize its plan, the USA opened Operation Linebacker II, using 193 strategic bombers B52 and 1,000 tactical aircraft to strike Hanoi, Hai Phong and several other Northern cities. But Northern military and people did a miracle when shooting down 81 US aircraft, including 34 B52s (16 B52s crashed down on the spot,) captured a number of US pilots live, defeated a US large scale strategic airborne operation, forcing them to sign the Paris Peace Accords on ending the war in Vietnam and making a very important contribution to South liberation and unification of the South. A missile ready to be launched in 1972. Photo: Archived photo Our victory over the US air operation on Hanoi, Hai Phong and other Northern cities in 1972 … [Read more...]

Nguyen Hue Campaign changes power balance in Eastern South

PANO – By August 1971, victories, continuously achieved by the revolutionary forces and people, made the Saigon Army retreat to the defensive position and resist our forces’ offensives. Taking the opportunity, the Politburo decided to open the 1972 strategic defensive in the Southeastern South, Tri-Thien and Central Highlands and shape a general offensive in the entire South Battlefield to decimate a large part of the enemy’s force, and extend the liberated zones. The policy aimed to force the USA to end the war at the negotiation table and our side was ready to prepare force to intensify fighting against the enemy if they kept waging war. Under the policy, the South Central Command and South Military Commission opened a campaign named the national hero of Nguyen Hue in the Southeastern South led by Lieutenant General Tran Van Tra as the commander. The campaign took place from April 1st, 1972 to January 19th, 1973. The Campaign Command chose Road 13 as the main … [Read more...]