The meeting also saw Politburo member, State President and member of the commission’s Standing Board Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Politburo member, Prime Minister and member of the commission's Standing Board Pham Minh Chinh; Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Vo Van Thuong; and Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the commission and Minister of National Defense Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (standing) addresses the meeting in Hanoi on June 17.

The meeting announced the Politburo’s decision on the assignment of members of the commission and its Standing Board. Accordingly, the Central Military Commission (2020-2025 term) comprises 25 members, while its Standing Board is staffed by six, including Party General Secretary Trong, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

It also reviewed the leadership and instruction over the implementation of military and defense tasks in the first half of 2021, and put forth tasks for the second half.

In his remarks, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong asked the commission to be well aware of its responsibility, and build an army that is absolutely loyal to the Fatherland, Party, State and people.

He praised the commission, the Ministry of National Defense, and officers and soldiers for achievements they have recorded in the first half of this year.

The military should be the pioneer in the fight against bad deeds, corruption, individualism and phenomena of degradation, and set an example for the entire society, the Party leader stressed.

He also urged the army to drastically protect the Party’s ideological foundation and fight against wrong and hostile views.

During the six-month period, relevant forces have closely controlled the national border, prevented illegal entry and exit, organised COVID-19 quarantine and provided timely support for localities hit by the pandemic, contributing to containing the disease nationwide, the meeting heard.

Such efforts have been appreciated by the Party, State and people.

Bilateral and multilateral defense external activities and UN peace-keeping operations have been stepped up, helping to raise the image, position and prestige of Vietnam and the Vietnam People’s Army in the international arena.

Translated by Song Anh