Defense integration aims to protect the country


Defense integration is an important part of Vietnam’s international integration process. Therefore, promoting defense integration - in line with the Resolutions of the 12th National Party Congress and the 10th Military Party Congress - will contribute to safeguarding the Fatherland of Vietnam.
Regarding external affairs, the documents of the 12th National Party Congress emphasize:
“Ensuring the nation’s best interests, on the basis of international law, equality, and mutual benefit among nations, while pursuing a foreign relations policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development; multilateralizing and diversifying foreign relations; proactively promoting international integration; being a reliable friend and partner; and being a responsible member of the international community.
“Regarding cooperating while struggling in foreign relations: external affairs aims to ensure a stable, peaceful environment and to maximize international support for national development and for the improvement of people’s living standards; to safeguard national independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Fatherland, Party, State and people; to promote the country’s status and position in the world; and to contribute to peace, national independence, democracy and social advancement of nations across the world.”
Given the Resolution of the 12th National Party Congress, the Resolution of the 8th Meeting of the 11th Party Central Committee on the strategy to protect the Fatherland in the new context, and the Resolution of the 10th Military Party Congress: the defense external affairs sector has increased cooperation activities and plans to beef up cooperation with other countries in the future.
Within the framework of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting, Vietnam has proactively proposed a number of major ideas on establishing new regional security and defense mechanisms over the years, including the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+).
Defense relations between Vietnam and regional countries have continuously been strengthened. And strategic trust between Vietnam and nations of the ASEAN Community and other international partners has been consolidated. Vietnam also continues its defense integration in an active and profound manner. Such defense integration activities have contributed much to strengthening national defense capabilities and promoting the national position in the international arena.
So far, Vietnam has established diplomatic relations with 185 out of the 193 member states of the United Nations (UN). At the same time, the country has forged strategic and comprehensive partnerships with all of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. As for defense cooperation, Vietnam has interacted with 80 countries and territories across the world, including leaders in military science and technology, such as the USA, Russia, the UK, France and Germany.
While the situation in the region and world remains complex and unpredictable, defense integration should be emphasized to augment national capabilities and to enhance our ability to protect the Fatherland.
The main external affairs guidelines adopted by the 12th National Party Congress require defense integration to focus on the following issues:
First, defense integration should be closely linked with, and facilitate, sociopolitical, cultural and economic integration, to promote national development and defense.
This requirement is very important. Sociopolitical, cultural and economic integration - and defense integration – are closely related. Economic integration is central to boosting the activities of the other areas.
So defense and security integration should depend on a foundation of economic, political and sociocultural integration. Meanwhile, the defense integration process creates a peaceful environment for national socioeconomic development and facilitates the country’s international integrity.
But it should be understood that economic integration will make the economy more dependent on the regional and global economy. Even more so after the country has signed and joined multilateral trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as well as bilateral trade agreements with the Eurasia Economic Union, the European Union, Japan, South Korea, the USA and China.
Meanwhile, defense integration will promote understanding and cooperation among nations in dealing with nontraditional security threats and in preventing armed conflicts that may lead to war in the region and world. So defense integration has two goals: Increasing partners while reducing adversaries; and promoting the country’s position and power. These objectives create favorable conditions for the country to boost international integration in the political, sociocultural and economic arenas. Plus, defense and security integration can help boost national development and defense.
Second, defense integration can help Vietnam’s defense forces catch up with advanced military forces in the region and world.
Increased defense integration allows the military to participate in more regional and global activities. This requires the military to improve defense knowledge, military skills, expertise, professionalism of personnel and weapons,  and equipment to the level of other armies in the region and world.
Via cooperation activities, the military will gain increased insight into new generations of weapons and equipment, as well as their features, and absorb the latest warfare doctrines and military tactics. With this knowledge, Vietnam can craft a sound strategy on weaponry development to better safeguard the nation.
Defense integration, particularly international military cooperation and exchange activities, can also help the military learn best practices in military organization, military training, war fighting abilities, and military skills from other armies. So defense integration provides a good opportunity for the Vietnamese military to achieve international standards for military development.
Third, it is necessary to implement the commitments of regional and global cooperation mechanisms for the prevention of nontraditional security threats – and for UN peacekeeping missions – in order to raise Vietnam’s status in the international arena.
The defense integration process – and the implementation of the commitments of ADMM and ADMM+ – have generated a number of new issues for Vietnam’s national defense. For example, the country has to earmark significant human and material resources to participate in regional security and defense events, as well as in UN peacekeeping missions. So the country’s defense force has to adapt  its personnel training program to meet international standards. Meanwhile, Vietnam must also acquire military assets suitable to multinational security and defense activities.
In conclusion, the current regional and global context requires Vietnam to deepen its international integration process. Defense integration, which aims to preserve a peaceful environment for national development and to safeguard the Fatherland, is an important part of this process. To promote defense integration, it is necessary to fulfill the three above requirements stated in the latest Party documents on foreign affairs.

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John Smith 15/4/16 13:39

Nowadays, international integration in defense industry is inevitable to bring into play the integrated strength to build and develop Vietnam defense industry so that it can meet the requirements of the mission of constructing and protecting the Fatherland.

Deck Hero14 15/4/16 13:40

To ensure an effective and oriented integration for the industry, it is necessary to grasp all the opportunities, challenges, and be determined to pursue the goals and orientation set out.

Gentle Moon 15/4/16 13:41

For the past years, significant achievements have been gained during the implementation of this policy which helped solve many urgent problems both in the short term and in the long term.

Pack Cassiopian 15/4/16 13:42

This is a fundamental change in the relationship between Vietnam and its partners in the international market of weapon trading and military technology transferring.

LawrenceSamuels 15/4/16 13:43

we have gradually integrated, signed and strictly complied with international rules on weapon inspecting, on the basis of ensuring member nations’ interests and respecting international law.

Jane smartnic 15/4/16 13:46

Since Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization, many of its enterprises have enjoyed high growth rate with export sales estimated at tens of millions USD per annum.

Only Solidar 15/4/16 13:47

Success of international cooperation projects in the field of DI has initially contributed to reaffirming the country’s pledge: Viet Nam is a trustful partner, respectful of its international commitments and responsible for peace keeping operations in the world; at the same time, made certain progress in the quality of researching, designing, and manufacturing ability of the DI.

yobro yobro 15/4/16 13:49

More effort need to be put into the struggle to remove barriers and embargoes of some countries against Vietnam in military goods transaction and technology (especially high-end) transferring.

Love Peace 15/4/16 13:50

Weapon and military technology trading and transfers are governed by many particular documents, including multilateral, bilateral and even unilateral rules of some influential powers.

MaskOf Zero 15/4/16 13:51

DI international integration must be closely linked with the orientation of political mission of the industry in the cause of developing and defending the nation, ensuring the combination between defense and economy.

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