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Oct 15, 2019 / 16:19

Vietnam president stresses vigilance of sovereignty protection

Sovereignty protection remains the first and foremost priority in the leadership.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and State President Nguyen Phu Trong has talked about the vigilance of the sovereignty protection amid China-caused rising tensions in the South China Sea. 
State President Nguyen Phu Trong at the meeting with voters on October 15. Photo: VnExpress
State President Nguyen Phu Trong at the meeting with voters on October 15. Photo: VnExpress

Vietnam vows to keep a peaceful environment for economic development and keeping the sovereignty and territorial integrity becomes the first and foremost, the president said at the meeting with his constituents in Hanoi on October 15. 

In the history, Vietnam has been striving for peace but the country also does by all means to keep the sovereignty intact, the president affirmed. 

Border issues remain complex and challenging to each country, in relations with China, Vietnam still keeps the relations good and seeks for the common solutions in solving disputes, avoiding tensions, Trong told the voters in the districts of Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem and Tay Ho. 

He emphasized the importance of the sovereignty protection, adding that the 11th plenary session of the Party Central Committee, which took place between October 7 and 13, spent a day to update the situation. 

At the session, the president asked Party members to keep an eye on the South China Sea situation to point out possible scenarios. “We should make scientific analysis and forecast on the domestic and international situation, mostly those in the South China Sea,” the president noted. 

The president once again talked about the South China Sea, to which Vietnam refers as the East Sea, issues recently at a time when Chinese survey ships have been in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. 

Beijing, by sending ships to Vietnam’s waters, is trying to fabricate what it called “contested waters” over the seas lying entirely within Vietnamese exclusive economic zone through shameless statements and deceitful media. 

At the meeting with the voters, Trong also highlighted the importance of anti-corruption, saying that selecting qualified personnel for the Party’s positions is one of the priorities ahead the 13th National Party Congress which is slated for 2021.