Vietnamese border guards. Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Military and defence achievements obtained during 30 years of renovation have significantly contributed to heightening Vietnam’s position and role on the international stage, heard a Defence Ministry’s conference in Hanoi on December 16.

The renovation policy adopted at the sixth Party Congress in December 1986 aimed to reform the country comprehensively, including the military and defence areas.

Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Chairman of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, underscored that the Party leadership over the military is an immutable principle, which ensures that the army stays firm in proper political-military orientations to accomplish successfully all assignments of the Party and State.

The Party’s leadership over the military is absolute, comprehensive and direct in all fields, reflecting the close relations between the Party and the army, Cuong, who is also Secretary of the Party Central Committee, said.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Le Chiem, Deputy Defence Minister, said that over the past 30 years implementing the nation-building and defence tasks, defence areas in provinces and cities have been strengthened. The people-based defence has been developed with close association with the socio-economic development to support the national construction and defence.

The people’s armed forces, especially the Vietnam People’s Army, have become more elite and modern with strong performance, contributing to firmly safeguarding independence, sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity, and maintaining a peaceful and stable environment for the country to thrive, he noted.

Participants at the conference also clarified lessons withdrawn during the 30-year renovation that are applicable to the building of military and defence reinforcement.

According to Associate Prof. Dr. Dinh Quang Hai from the Institute of History Study, said that the integration of economic development and defence is an effective policy to develop the country and reinforce the military in peace time.

He stressed the need to strengthen the national unity bloc and the relationship between the Party and people and bolster the people’s trust in the Party and State.

With his practical experience in the building and operation of the Military Zone 2 in the reform period, Major General Pham Duc Duyen, Vice Political Commissar of the Military Zone 2 held that it is crucial to focus on strengthening the leadership and direction over the building of strong defence areas in each zone while fostering the coordination among forces, sectors and localities during the implementation of military and defence tasks.

He also underscored the importance of building pure and strong Party organisations at all levels to enhance political firmness in military zones.-VNA