General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong attends and delivers speech at a political-military conference for the entire army (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong has requested the army to maintain its core role in the all-people defence and security.

Attending a political-military conference for the entire army in Hanoi on December 26, Trong, who is also Secretary of the Central Military Commission, stressed the need to strengthen the nation’s defence potential.

The military should coordinate closely with ministries, sectors and localities in building defensive zones and defence planning in combination with socio-economic development nationwide, he instructed.

The Party leader also requested the military to intensify collaboration with the police and other forces in the fight against crime, smuggling and trade fraud along the borderline and at sea to ensure social security and order, and to stay ready to take part in search and rescue missions.

He emphasised the importance of building an army with firm political will and absolutely loyal to the nation, the Party and people, which has streamlined but appropriate structure and high combating capacity.

The army need to thoroughly grasp the Party’s foreign policy of independence and self-reliance and intensify the defence sector’s external relations, thus contributing to protecting the nation’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, he added.

Reports at the conference said in 2017, the military force continued providing effective advices for the Party, Government and localities on defence matters. It has been the major force in building people-based defence and security, as well as in maintaining political stability and social order and safety.

The military have reformed the content and methods of training to improve combat capacity, while playing the main role in many social activities such as fixing damages caused by natural disasters, conducting search and rescue operations and contributing to poverty reduction and new-style rural building, particularly in far-flung, border and island areas.-VNA