International integration serves the nation’s development

International integration contributes much to the country’s industrialization, modernization, construction and defense in the new stage, said a Party Central Committee member at the ongoing 11th National Party Congress in Hanoi on January 14.

Pham Binh Minh, who is also Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister, said external activities over the past five years were synchronously carried out, harnessing the strength of the Party’s foreign affairs, State and people-to-people diplomacy.

To implement the external policy of the 11th National Party Congress, Minh mentioned the following proposals:

First, grasp thoroughly the guidance on international integration in a proactive and responsible manner, focusing on actively and proactively catching opportunity, effectively creating and taking advantages and dealing with challenges from the process of integration.

Promptly develop a comprehensive strategy on international integration with specific goals and roadmaps for each stage, particularly until 2020 in the immediate term and in the areas of economic development, defense, security and social culture.

Secondly, carry out the guideline on “synchronous and comprehensive implementation” of external affairs orientations adopted by the 11th Congress, stepping up the unified management of external activities. Improve coordinating efficiency of external activities of the Party, State, National Assembly, localities and people-to-people diplomacy, as well as coordination between branches, channels and agencies at all levels involved in external affairs.

Thirdly, along with the implementation of new diplomatic orientations and guidelines, it is necessary to carry out major orientations of the external policy in the renewal stage, especially the direction on “upgrading established diplomatic ties to a profound, stable and sustainable plane”.

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