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...]

Different views of democracy and human rights should not be barriers to international cooperation

PANO – Each country in the world has its own pattern of democracy and pursues its own human rights values. In other words, patterns of democracy and human rights vary among nations. But this does not obstruct cooperation between nations in the modern world. Unlike political thinking during the Cold War, these days political ideology, democracy and human rights are no longer seen as the sole criteria for cooperation and relations between nations. This does not mean the current world neglects democracy and human rights. On the contrary, countries around the world pay attention to democracy and human rights and consider these issues their national sociopolitical priorities. Today Western countries appear to increasingly respect other countries’ patterns of democracy and human rights. The days of international political dictatorship – when Western powers unilaterally imposed their values as international standards to assess, accuse and interfere in other … [Read more...]

Lao Party General Secretary and State President to visit Vietnam to deepen bilateral ties

PANO – General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Bounnhang Vorachith will pay an official visit to Vietnam on April 25th to 27th. He will visit at the invitation of both the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Tran Dai Quang. The visit of the Lao General Secretary and State President will take place at a time when Laos’ politics is generally stable, its economy keeps growing at a rate of more than 7 percent, its national defense and security is maintained, and its international relations are expanded. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, Laos’ GDP increased 7.5 percent. Meanwhile the average per capita income reached US$ 1,920 and trade revenue stood at US$8 billion. At the same time, Laos invested thousands of billions of Lao kip from the State Budget and mobilized nearly three billion US dollars from both the private sector and foreign … [Read more...]

Defense Minister’s visit to Russia confirms Vietnam’s policy on international integration

PANO – General Ngo Xuan Lich, Member of the Politburo and Defense Minister, will lead a high-ranking Vietnamese military delegation paying an official visit to Russia at the invitation of General Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu, Russian Defense Minister. During the visit, the Vietnamese Defense Minister will also take part in the fifth Moscow International Security Conference and in the meeting between the host defense minister and the leaders of military delegations of ASEAN countries. Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang, Chief of the Defense External Affairs Department, gave an interview to the People’s Army Newspaper. Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang Reporter: Can you reveal the main purpose of the official visit of the Vietnamese Defense Minister to Russia? Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang: Looking at the schedule, we can see three main activities: Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich’s official visit to Russia; Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and the Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Chinese forces should treat Vietnamese fishermen humanely: Vietnamese Coast Guard officer

PANO – Amid the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol in the shared fishing grounds in the Tonkin Gulf, reporters from the People’s Army Newspaper interviewed Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Coast Guard, leader of the Vietnamese Coast Guard mission to the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol. Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Coast Guard, leader of the Vietnamese Coast Guard mission to the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol. The interview follows: Reporter: Can you clarify the objectives and meaning of the joint patrol in the shared fishing grounds in the Tonkin Gulf? Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau: The joint patrol is an annual activity conducted by Vietnamese and Chinese maritime enforcement forces, under the signed agreement on fishery inspection between the two sides. It aims to preserve maritime resources, protect the maritime environment, and maintain sustainable … [Read more...]

Two Japanese training warships docks at Cam Ranh international port

PANO – The current visit of two Japanese self-defense training ships to Vietnam has demonstrated the growth in defense relations and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan. Two training warships of the Japanese maritime self-defense force anchored at Cam Ranh international port in Khanh Hoa province on April 12 to start a four-day visit (April 11-15) to Vietnam. Representatives of the Vietnamese National Defense Ministry, Navy, local military forces, and civilian authorities hosted a warm reception for the two Japanese vessels and the 500 officers and sailors onboard. At the reception, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Fukada Hiroshi read a letter from Japanese Defense Minister Nakatani Gen. The Japanese Defense Minister sent his greetings to the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense, the Navy, and the local government. He also expressed his wish to foster the bilateral defense ties between Japan and Vietnam. The Japanese Defense Minister also highlighted Cam Ranh International … [Read more...]

Defense integration aims to protect the country

PANO – Defense integration is an important part of Vietnam’s international integration process. Therefore, promoting defense integration - in line with the Resolutions of the 12th National Party Congress and the 10th Military Party Congress - will contribute to safeguarding the Fatherland of Vietnam. Regarding external affairs, the documents of the 12th National Party Congress emphasize: "Ensuring the nation’s best interests, on the basis of international law, equality, and mutual benefit among nations, while pursuing a foreign relations policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development; multilateralizing and diversifying foreign relations; proactively promoting international integration; being a reliable friend and partner; and being a responsible member of the international community. ADMM+ Hanoi in 2010 "Regarding cooperating while struggling in foreign relations: external affairs aims to ensure a stable, peaceful environment and to … [Read more...]

Vietnam contributing to ensuring human rights in the world

PANO – On the sidelines of the 31st Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc offered an interview, reviewing two years of Vietnam’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council. Reporter:How do you assess Vietnam’s participation in the UN Human Rights Council? Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc: After two thirds of its tenure as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Vietnam has demonstrated its image and role in the leading UN human rights council, and improved its status in the international community. Although this is the first time Vietnam has participated in the UN Human Rights Council, it has proved to be an active and responsible member. Together with other members of the council, it has successfully resolved a number of international issues and challenges in human rights. Deputy Minister Ha Kim Ngoc at an international event. Photo: VNA Every year, Vietnam sends a high-level delegation to attend the … [Read more...]

Pham Van Dong – a knowledgeable revolutionary

PANO – Former Prime Minister Pham Van Dong started his revolutionary career when he was a very young intellect. He was born on March 1st, 1906 to an intellectual family in Duc Tan commune, Mo Duc district, Quang Ngai province. During his revolutionary career, he had several other names, such as Lam Ba Kiet, To and Tong. On the occasion of his 110th birth anniversary, PANO would like to introduce the former Prime Minister’s life and revolutionary career. Pham Van Dong was sent to study in Hue, Vietnam’s Capital City under the Nguyen dynasty. In 1924, he graduated the junior secondary education level at the Hue National School (a famous Vietnamese secondary school) and continued to Buoi School, a famous secondary school in Hanoi (Chu Van An Secondary School).He studied there for only two years and did not finish the secondary education level as he decided that school could not help him much in approaching major contemporary ideologies. He then left school and went … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s support to foster ASEAN-US relations for practical results

PANO – The USA is one of the leading economic partners of ASEAN. At the end of 2014, the two-way trade value between ASEAN and the USA reached US$ 216 billion, and US investment in ASEAN totaled US$ 226 billion. On the evening of February 17th, Vietnamese Prime Minister and his entourage returned to Hanoi, successfully concluding their participation in the ASEAN-US Leaders Summit in Sunnylands, California, the USA. On the occasion, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung gave an interview to the press. Reporter: Could you clarify the meaning of the recent ASEAN-US Special Leaders’ Summit? Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung: This ASEAN-US Leaders Summit bears a special meaning. It is special from the name of the summit to its agenda and its outcomes. One session of the Summit. Photo: channelnewsasia.com First, this has been the first summit between ASEAN and its partner country since the birth of the ASEAN Economic Community. This shows that the USA highly … [Read more...]

No-one can deny the leadership of the Party (Part 1)

PANO – The Party has accompanied the nation for 86 years, and over that time it has confirmed its historical role in leading the Vietnamese revolution. These days, when the joyful atmosphere of the traditional lunar New Year is spreading in towns and villages across the country, the Vietnamese people are also celebrating the 86th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the success of the 12th National Party Congress. While most Vietnamese people are expecting a good year for them and the whole nation, some are trying to fabricate stories against the Party on the internet. The People’s Army Newspaper would like to introduce a series of articles to fight back hostile forces’ wrong notions. Part 1: The historical role and mission of the Party has been confirmed In the modern national history, the foundation of the CPV in 1930 is the most important political event for the country and nation. Since then, the role of the Party in leading the … [Read more...]

Part 4: Great progress in social security affairs

PANO - Another issue that hostile forces target is social security. In their articles spread on social networks and their websites, they hold that the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) takes care of "only Party members but not people in general." They even claim that Party members "look after their personal interests," and as a result, "the 30 years of Doi Moi has brought nothing to the people due to rampant corruption." What is more, they allege that there is not social welfare system in Vietnam, that disadvantaged people in Vietnam are not as supported as people in capitalist countries, and that the 12th National Party Congress does not have anything new relating the poor. The Party for the people During a recent lecture given to military officers and defense workers of Economic Corporation 36 under the Defense Ministry, Dr. Le Xuan Nghia, member of the Council for National Financial and Monetary Consultancy, told a story about the Party’s and State’s concern and care … [Read more...]

Part 3: People’s right to enjoy cultural products increasingly improved

PANO – Over the past 30 years, localities across the country have always earmarked a considerable part of their budget to invest in cultural facilities and build up cultural institutions with the aim of improving the people’s right to enjoy cultural products. The State has also increasingly invested in the cultural sector in accordance to economic growth. Everyone knows that the status and power of a country depends on a number of factors. Together with a good political system suited to the people’s aspiration, a growing economy and defence forces strong enough to firmly defend the country, culture plays an increasingly important role in the country’s sustainable development. Perceiving the role of culture, the Party and State of Vietnam has crafted directions and policies to promote cultural development, contributing to improving people’s cultural life and rights. Photo for illustration: VNA Do not judge Vietnamese cultural life like "blind men and … [Read more...]

Part 2: Reforming without decoloring

PANO – A ‘high-profile online democratic activist,’ who had for years bled his own mind and strength for criticizing the Party and State of Vietnam, has finally turned back to acknowledge that the Party has increasingly consolidated its legitimacy and credibility as the single ruling party in the country after 30 years of reform (Doi Moi). But he is not alone. In fact, many others with hostile views on the Party used to think that the Party would fail to conduct Doi Moi, and as a result, it would lose its leading position. Legitimacy of the Party has increasingly been promoted Photo for illustration In recent days, a number of online newspapers in Vietnamese, such as BBC, RFA and VOA, have made people laugh by posting articles about their predictions for Vietnam by the end of 2016. Authors of the articles, who call themselves Dr. A or Professor B, predict that independent labor organizations and political parties would mushroom in Vietnam by the end of 2016, and … [Read more...]

Vietnamese youths committing themselves to following the Party

PANO – The Vietnam People’s Army Newspaper (PAN), in association with the Defense Television and Radio Center and the Defense Youth Board, held a talk titled "Vietnamese youths firmly stepping under the Party banner on January 19th, at the PAN headquarters, Hanoi. This was seen as a significant political activity to celebrate the 12th National Party Congress. Delegates at the talk. Present at the talk were former Member of the Party Central Committee and former First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, Mr. Vu Mao; former Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics, Lieutenant General Hong Cu; Member of the Chair Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Mr. Nguyen Tuc; former Director of the Institute for human Rights, Dr. Cao Thai; Tran Thi Hoi at the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy; Chief of the Press Office under the Information and Education Department of the General Department of Politics, Senior Colonel … [Read more...]

Part 1: The evident truth about Vietnam’s economic growth

PANO – Not only Vietnamese leaders, managers, experts but also all people can easily acknowledge the great achievements of the 30 years of reform (Doi Moi) as these achievements are reflected in the daily life, the images of cities and provinces and the development of the country. Unfortunately, a few people have not acknowledged, or pretended not to see, the national achievements over the past 30 years; as a result, they have made subjective and incorrect assessments on and blackened the overall picture of the Doi Moi process, which was initiated in 1986 and has been led ever since by the Party. In doing so, they have denied the truth that most Vietnamese people and international friends have recognized. Doi Moi is an important phase of national history, which has marked the comprehensive growth of the Party, State and nation. Although the Party, in its leading the nation, and the State, in its ruling the country, have made a number of mistakes during the Doi Moi process, the … [Read more...]

NA election system creates foundation for democracy

PANO – On the morning of January 6th, the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly (NA), the State President, the Government and the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee held a State-level ceremony to mark the 70thanniversary of the first General Election (January 6th, 1946 – January 6th, 2016) at the Dien Hong hall of the NA House. Present at the ceremony were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu; former Party General Secretary Noong Duc Manh; State President Truong Tan Sang; former State President Le Duc Anh; Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung; Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung; former Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Van An; President of the Vietnam Father Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan; other senior officials and former officials of the Party, State and National Assembly; leaders of ministries, Central branches and localities; and NA deputies of various generations. The … [Read more...]

Vietnam seriously executing international commitments on human rights

PANO – Human rights are the universal value of mankind and the outcome of struggles throughout human thousand-year history. Today, ensuring the practice of human rights is the common goal of the international community. What is more, human rights are reflected in policies of countries and agendas of international organizations. Since the foundation of the modern Vietnam, it has persistently pursued its policy of honoring and promoting its citizens’ rights and freedom. In so doing, the State of Vietnam has strengthened international cooperation on human rights by adopting international conventions and strictly implementing international commitments on human rights. As a result, the Vietnamese people have now enjoyed all basic human rights and freedom. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung at the signing ceremony of the revised 1992 Constitution, which was adopted at the sixth session of the 13th National Assembly. Boosting international cooperation on human … [Read more...]

A big hope for 2016

PANO – We, the Vietnamese people, have joyfully seen off 2015 and is now welcoming the first days of 2016 with hope. We all are hoping as the 12th National Party Congress is due to take place in the first month of 2016, which will draw up major directions for the country’s development in the next five years. What is more, we are also celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Election Day of the first National Assembly. Looking back at the year of 2015, we feel happy and proud of great achievements in various areas, which have been made from the common effort of the whole Party, State, army and people. Thanks to the effort, the Government has reached mostobjectives set by the National Assembly (NA) with many targets having been exceeded. An image from the 2015 national parade in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Day These good results were more significant when the world’s economic, financial and monetary situations remained complex; some major … [Read more...]

Defence cooperation contributes to building ASEAN Community

PANO – The ASEAN Community officially comes into being today, December 31st 2015. The face of regional geo-politics has changed dramatically since leaders of the 10 ASEAN member states signed the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on November 22nd, 2015 on the establishment of the ASEAN Community, a historic document marking an enormous change of the bloc. Looking back at the process of realizing the community, people easily see that regional defense and military relations have made a considerable contribution to and played an important part in building the political and security community, one of the three pillars, which have constituted the ASEAN Community. Although the current regional context is creating large potentials and opportunities for further development, defense and military relations and cooperation within ASEAN still face a number of obstacles and challenges. At the first defence policy dialogue between Vietnam and Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Highlights in regional defense … [Read more...]