Vietnam doing its best to safeguard sovereignty amid threats: PM

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Faced with threats to its sovereignty, Vietnam is deploying all of its resources and capabilities to protect it, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

Speaking at a meeting with voters in the northern city of Hai Phong Tuesday, he said Vietnam has to pursue diplomatic efforts while also upgrading its defense capacity with advanced equipment and skilled forces.

"We do our best to keep the peace with diplomacy and other measures, but we have to protect ourselves," Dung said

Vietnam also needs to have forces and plans to deal with the threat of social instability posed by subversive groups with both trials and words to convince them, he said. 

Dung also spoke about the issue of corruption, saying the government and Party are "very determined" to fight it. But he warned that it would be a long and "complicated" fight that needs both authorities and people.

Some progress notwithstanding, the issue still causes people to be unsatisfied and angry since it has yet to be "eradicated," he admitted.

"Corruption happens at every level, in every industry and every locality. Though [it is not done by a] majority, just some, it causes outrage and erodes trust among people."

Most officials and Party members are good, but some are corrupt, so it is necessary that competent people work for the Party and those violating rules are expelled, he said.

Online subversion

Earlier, in a written reply to a lawmaker, Dung said the government is trying to improve the management of the Internet, which has been used to disseminate "bad" information about Party and government leaders.

The Venerable Thich Thanh Quyet, a Buddhist leader from the northern province of Quang Ninh, had asked during the last National Assembly session about the government's efforts to deal with online misinformation, but Dung did not get the chance to answer then.

Dung said in his reply that there are agencies designated to look into complaints and suspicions about corruption, and "severely" punish offenders.

He said people should stay "calm" and be "cautious" about "bad information" on the Internet.

"If we rely just on opinions and Internet information to make wrong accusations, it will not be objective. It is what people who spread bad information want to see."

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