This was confirmed by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia at a discussion on socio-economic situations on October 31, part of the ongoing eighth session of the National Assembly (NA).

According to General Nghia, a member of the Party Central Committee, member of the Central Military Commission, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army and an NA deputy of Tien Giang province, embracing the Party’s viewpoints and the State’s policies, the task force has resolutely upheld the national independence, sovereignty, sovereign rights over the exclusive economic zone and the national interests by peaceful means in accordance with international law while maintaining a peaceful environment, political security, social order and safety for national socio-economic development.

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia speaks at the event.

The senior officer added that the Party and State always listen to people’s wholehearted opinions and cited the Prime Minister as saying that we are determined to make no concessions to issues related to the national independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. However, we should have suitable policies for such issues.

General Nghia emphasized Vietnamese people’s aspirations for maintaining national independence, sovereignty and building a strong, democratic, just and civilized country with prosperous people. To achieve that, the Vietnamese people have to face various challenges including the challenge on defending the national sacred maritime sovereignty.

We have to put the national protection mission in the overall relations of the revolutionary cause, especially in the cause of national industrialization and modernization and socialist construction and protection while inheriting the ancestors’ national safeguarding tradition, Nghia said.

He stressed that in each specific situation, we must have appropriate strategies, assert correctness and righteousness, promote the national integrated strength and take full advantage of international support.

He also underlined that we have been upholding and protecting the national sacred sovereignty over seas and islands by peaceful means and using legal history as one of the important foundations to affirm Vietnam’s righteousness and sovereign rights as regulated in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, international laws and other related treaties.

Together with promoting information dissemination and fights at the scene of dispute, Nghia said that due attention should be paid to upholding the national political stability and diversifying economic approaches, so that we could be active in solving situations related to national sovereignty protection.

He also suggested the enhancement of international cooperation in Fatherland protection and socio-economic development.

Translated by Mai Huong