Activities celebrate August Revolution anniversary

India and Indonesia have developed their time-honoured relationship with Vietnam. The Indian people have supported Vietnam in its past wars of resistance for national independence and unification and in its current process of Doi Moi (Renewal) and economic development. Top Vietnamese and Indian leaders have maintained regular exchanges of reciprocal visits, established a strategic partnership between the two countries, and provided mechanisms for bilateral cooperation. They have established the Joint Commission for Cooperation in Economics, Culture, Science and Technology, and conducted political consultations between their Ministries of Foreign Affairs. They have signed many agreements on bilateral cooperation and supported each other in regional and international forums. As part of its foreign policy of diversification and multilateralisation of international relations, Vietnam always attaches great importance to developing relations with India. In turn, via its Look East policy, India wants to expand relations with countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Vietnam. Since the two countries established diplomatic ties nearly 40 years ago, their cooperative relations have grown and flourished in many areas: politics, culture, education-training, and science-technology, bringing practical results to both sides. India has provided more than 100 scholarships for Vietnamese students annually to study agriculture, informatics, English and remote sensing under bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects. It has also provided assistance and cooperated with Vietnam in science-technology, human resources development for the IT industry, and animal and plant cross-breeding. Regular cultural and people-to-people exchanges have helped increase mutual understanding, solidarity and friendship. Indonesia is Vietnam’s long-standing…... [read more]

After 1954, the US ousted the French, ignored the Geneva Agreement and assisted Ngo Dinh Diem to establish a puppet administration in southern Vietnam in an attempt to invade the country and impose neo-colonialism in Indochina. The Diem-Nhu administration herded people into strategic villages and took brutal revenge on former fighters from the war of resistance against the French, sparking hatred all over the south. In 1960, under the Party leadership, the southern people launched a general uprising and tore apart large parts of the puppet administration. The revolutionary armed forces grew stronger and stronger and the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam was set up. Against that backdrop, the US strengthened its economic aid, and increased its supply of weaponry and advisors to wage a "special war". However, that war was immediately halted by the southern people and armed forces. In 1964, US troops landed in southern Vietnam to launch a "local war" along with air strikes against the north. The northern people and the army shot down many US aircraft, destroyed their warships and totally defeated the US air and naval war of destruction. Meanwhile, the southern people and armed forces won repeated victories on all battlefields. In particular, the General Offensive and Uprising during the Mau Than lunar year in Spring 1968 dealt a telling blow to the US-puppet forces and gained a new position of strength for the southern revolution. As a result, the US "local war" strategy was useless and President Johnson had…... [read more]

Among the delegates was Nguyen Thi Binh, former State Vice President and former Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam, who signed the agreement. Addressing the workshop, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh noted that 35 years ago on January 27, 1973 the Paris Peace Accords on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam was signed, putting an end to the longest and toughest negotiations and marking the most glorious victory in the history of the Vietnamese diplomacy. He said the 1973 Paris conference was a long but glorious battle of wits for the the Vietnamese diplomats who, under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, succeeded in creating a change in Vietnam’s military tactics of both “fighting” and “negotiating” at the same time, leading to the complete victory of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign and national reunification in 1975. Deputy FM Minh said that the agreement was a combined victory of the fight on the military, political and diplomatic fronts, forcing the US to stop bombing the north and turning the tide on the battlefield helping Vietnam to defeat the Saigon puppet regime later. All the presentations at the workshop highlighted the Party’s leadership, the worldwide support and the Ho Chi Minh wisdom during the negotiation process. Mr Minh affirmed that the Paris Peace Accords marked the enormous growth of Vietnamese diplomacy during the Ho Chi Minh Era and offered valuable lessons. He said that they are the lessons about maintaining…... [read more]

The conference took 202 formal sessions, 14 preliminary sessions and 22 private meetings between the special advisors of the concerned parties. As many as 174 sessions were held for the plenary four-party conference. Ly Van Sau, former Deputy Head of the Vietnam Broadcasting Committee and former Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Radio the Voice of Vietnam was the chief spokesperson for the delegation of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam. On the 35th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, Mr Sau recalled some of the most important moments in an interview granted to VOVNews. VOVNews: The Paris Peace Accords was the result of negotiations over more than four years and eight months. What do you think about this victory? Ly Van Sau (R) at the press briefing after the 1973 Paris Conference Mr Sau: The agreement was signed in Paris at 11.30am on January 27, 1973 after four years, eight months and 16 days of negotiations. Thirty-five years ago, the Vietnam War had been the biggest and longest war after World War II. It was the first time the US had engaged in a big war far away from its mainland. It was also the first time in its long history that the US had been bogged down in the Vietnam War which was then described as a dirty war, captured great public attention. It was viewed as a fight between David and Goliath. Every war comes to an end, and the war between the US and Vietnam…... [read more]

State President Nguyen Minh Triet made this remark at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on December 19 of almost 200 delegates who are former members of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NFLSV) and agencies of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam (PRGRSV). The president expressed gratitude to the fallen combatants, war invalids and people from all walks of life, who had sacrificed for the Fatherland’s independence and freedom. President Triet stressed that the NFLSV, PRGRSV and the alliance of pro-nation, democracy and peace forces played an extremely important role and contributed greatly to the struggle for the liberation of the South. The voice and the flag of NFLSV gathered and united people from all walks of life, all social classes in the resistance war against the US aggressors to regain national independence, he said. Many participants brought back memories and stories of historical witnesses, including Nguyen Thi Binh, who once held the positions of Vice State President, member of the NFLSV Central Committee and Foreign Minister of the PRGRSV; Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Thoi Bung, former Deputy of National Defence; Le Hieu Dang, former Deputy Secretary General of the alliance of pro-nation, democracy and peace forces; and Buddhist nun Thich Nu Ngoat Lien. The function was co-hosted by the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee and the VFF HCM City Chapter and aimed to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of NFLSV, which falls on December 20.... [read more]

The celebration was attended by politburo member and member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee’s Secretariat, Truong Tan Sang, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, CPV Secretary and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Ha Thi Khiet and President of the VFF’s Central Committee, Huynh Dam along with other Party and State leaders. In his speech, Mr Dam recalled the establishment of the NLF, which marked a turning point in the southern revolution and was an indispensable part of the history and creativity of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh. During the 15-year period from the NLF’s establishment to the 1975 Great Spring Victory, Vietnamese soldiers and people liberated all of south Vietnam for national unification, glorifying the national history, in which the NLF played a very important role. The Vietnamese Party and State always praise the NLF’s significant contributions to national liberation, Mr Sang said. He asked the VFF to uphold the NLF’s glorious tradition by diversifying activities, promoting patriotic emulation movements and encouraging all Vietnamese people to make more contributions to the cause of national construction and defence. On the occasion, the Party and State presented the Order of Great Unity to 70 NLF former leaders and members of the Advisory Council of the provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam and the Alliance of National, Democratic and Peace Forces in recognition for their contributions to building the great national unity bloc, socialism and national defense.... [read more]

President Truong Tan Sang made the statement at a January 25 reception in Hanoi for international delegates attending the 40th anniversary of the Paris Agreement signing. Representatives from France, Russia, the US and Laos recalled unforgettable memories and their support to the two Vietnamese negotiation delegations of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam at the Paris conference four decades ago. They affirmed they and progressive people around the world, including people from countries with political and cultural differences, stood shoulder to shoulder and supported Vietnam’s just struggle for peace. The Paris Agreement was a great source of encouragement for peace and justice loving people across the world. Vietnam with its rising status at international forums needs to become involved in resolving global issues to make the 21st century a period of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, they said. Addressing the event, President Sang thanked international friends, including progressive people from the US, for their support to Vietnam’s just struggle. He said he hopes they will continue to stand side by side with Vietnam during the process of national construction and defence. Vietnam always demonstrates its role as a reliable and responsible member of the international community thereby contributing to other countries’ peaceful environment and development, Sang added. The same day, Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong, international delegates and representatives from relevant agencies attended a tree-planting ceremony at Hanoi’s Hoa Binh…... [read more]

Exhibits are divided into three parts, with the first looking at the historical background of the Vietnamese resistance war against US aggression, the second dwelling on the Paris conference in 1973, and the third on the Great Victory of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign in April 1975. Heavy losses in Southern Vietnam in the late 1960s forced the US to negotiate a peace agreement with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam. However, the US sought by all means to delay and not sign the agreement. Negotiations had to last for several years, and bitter defeat in both northern and southern fronts, especially its plan to bombard Hanoi in late 1972, prompted the US to sit down at the negotiating table and sign the agreement in Paris on January 27, 1973, putting an end to the war in Vietnam and restoring peace in the country. The Paris agreement was a big diplomatic victory of Vietnam, marking a turning point in the national revolutionary cause, said Nguyen Xuan Huong, head of the National Archives Centre III, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition on December 27. After the signing, the US withdrew its troops from southern Vietnam, creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese people to reinforce the struggle liberating the south and unifying the entire nation in 1975.... [read more]

(VOVworld)- 44 years ago, following the “Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the air” victory, the US signed the Paris Agreement and withdrew its troops from Vietnam, leading to Vietnam’s eventual total liberation in 1975. Hero Pham Tuan flew Mic-21 and downed a B-52 bomber 44 years ago, the US launched an air attack deploying B-52 fighters over Hanoi and other cities in northern Vietnam. The operation was intended to redeem the US’s failure on the southern battle front and reassure Vietnam to make concessions at the Paris Conference. But the creative leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the ideology of President Ho Chi Minh and the determination of the Vietnamese people and army fought off the attack shooting down 81 US warplanes, 34 of them B52s. Vietnam’s Air Defense Force shot down 53 American warplanes, 32 of them B52s. Lieutenant General Pham Tuan, who was three times honored with the Hero title, was one of the pilots who shot down an American B52bomber:“Our victory was thanks to an accurate analysis on the US’s strategy. President Ho Chi Minh forecast that the US would lose after they were defeated in Hanoi’s airspace and that the US would mobilize B52s to attack Hanoi. Being able to forecast the situation, we won”. The “Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the air” victory after 12 days and nights in December, 1972 forced the US to sign the Paris Agreement and end its war in Vietnam. This was the victory of Vietnamese people’s wisdom and staunch spirit.…... [read more]

Haitian President Jocelerme Privert, Bolivian President Evo Morales, former Haitian President René Préval and former Brazilian Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff were among prominent guests at the event, along with leaders and representatives from many other countries. Addressing the commemoration, Cuban President Raul Castro vowed to protect the Fatherland and the socialist revolution, asserting that Cuba would overcome all challenges, obstacles and threats in the process of building socialism. President Raul also revealed that, according to the wishes of the late Commander in Chief, Cuba would not use the name of the revolutionary leader for its historic and public facilities. Earlier, the motorcade carrying Fidel’s ashes arrived in Santiago de Cuba after four days of travelling the country, recreating the journey to independence, called "the Caravan of Liberty", during the uprising led by him in 1959. On December 4 (Cuban time), the legendary leader was buried in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in the city, which is also the rest place of Cuban national hero Jose Marti and many other historical Cuban figures. * During the commemoration, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto asserted that the Cuban revolutionary leader was a close friend of Mexico, who promoted a bilateral relationship based on respect, dialogue, friendship and solidarity. He said that Mexico was a country of significant meaning to the life of Fidel, where he met his fellow comrade Che Guevara. The country was also the place where Fidel and Che conducted training for first Cuban revolutionary fighters to prepare for…... [read more]

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