Vietnam learns from India’s experience in promoting soft power

In his speech, Ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh described Ho Chi Minh as a great leader of Vietnamese people, a hero of national liberation, a world cultural figure as well as the first leader establishing a firm foundation for Vietnam-India relations. Thanh expressed his wish that the Vietnam-India strategic partnership will grow steadily in all sectors in the interests of their people and regional and global peace, stability, cooperation, and development. President of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee, Geetesh Sharma, said Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh are two most famous foreign names among Indian people, noting that from every aspect, President Ho Chi Minh is the most brilliant figure of the era. On the occasion, Sharma also debuted his book about the President and the traditional friendship between the two nations. Vietnamese Embassy and India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee representatives laid wreaths at President Ho Chi Minh statue in Kolkata central park.... [read more]

According to ambassador Diem, the two countries should define new targets and measures to develop bilateral relations to meet the requirements of their people and to serve peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world. The Chairman of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee, G. Sakmar, said the two countries have emerged as fast-growing economies and attractive destinations for investors. He said positive changes in the economic field would help boost the trade relations between the two countries and they should be prepared to welcome a brighter future. The Chairman expressed his hope that the recent announcement by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on India's willingness to engage with ASEAN countries in "Open Sky" policy would bring opportunities for Vietnam and India to intensify tourism and trade cooperation.... [read more]

Mr Dam congratulated India on its rapid development in recent times and expressed his belief that the country will continue to play its important role in maintaining global peace and strengthening cooperation with other countries. After briefing the Indian guests on VFF operation, Mr Dam stressed that the organisation not only unites all patriotic Vietnamese citizens but also strengthens solidarity and friendship with international friends. He said he hopes that the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee will assist VFF to expand exchanges and cooperation with the Indian government and people. President Geetesh Sharma noted that both India and Vietnam share many cultural similarities and that India wants to promote cooperation with Vietnam, especially in culture, journalism and communications. The Indian delegation has been in Vietnam to attend an international conference to introduce the Vietnamese literature to the world.... [read more]

Krishna stated this during his talks with Hoang Binh Quan, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and Head of its Commission for External Relations, who paid a visit to India from April 6-12. Quan briefed his host on Vietnam’s recent situation, its socio-economic achievements in 2010 and the results of the CPV’s 11 th National Congress in early 2011. Both host and guest agreed to increase the exchange of visits at all levels and soon convene the 14th meeting of the Inter-governmental Committee in Vietnam to seek ways of boosting the exchange of Vietnamese and Indian investments. The officials were unanimous that the two sides should discuss measures to raise bilateral trade turnover to US$5 billion by 2015 and further promote cooperation in the fields of culture, education, training, science, technology, human resources development, security and national defence. During his trip, Quan held separate meetings with National Security Advisor S. Menon; Head of the ruling National Congress Party’s Department for Foreign Affairs Karan Singh; Politburo member of the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) Pander; Secretary of the Communist Party of India Central Committee S. Phaidi; the Vice President and Secretary General of the Bharatiya Janata Party (India People’s Party); and the Chairman of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee. The Vietnamese Party official also visited the state of Karnataka and the School of Public Policy and met with representatives of Vietnamese students in Bangalore city.... [read more]

He expressed his delight at the growing bilateral ties between the two countries, attributing it to both sides’ efforts to boost cooperation in a wide range of fields, such as politics, diplomacy, culture, education, and people-to-people contacts as well as support at international forums. The leader stressed the need to open more direct air routes connecting big cities of India and Vietnam. Lauding the committee’s contributions to boosting the friendship between Vietnamese and Indian peoples, the President said he appreciates Sharma’s sentiments to the late President Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam through his book about the late leader’s life in Hindi language. Sharma said India has taken a lot of activities to bolster its friendship with Vietnam, which included those engaged by the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee in West Bengal state. Sharma’s committee, in particular, issued many publications on the nation and people of Vietnam, including those about President Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnam-India relations, and a book on 40 th anniversary of Vietnam-India diplomatic ties and five years of bilateral strategic partnership.... [read more]

VUFO receives Ho Chi Minh memorabilia from India Strengthening ties with India The presentation ceremony was held by the Indian Embassy, the Vietnam-India Friendship Association and the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO). Addressing the event, the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam, Ranjit Rae, highlighted the fine development of bilateral ties. He said that the launch of the book is part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Rae said Vietnam plays an important role in India’s Look East policy, and India is keen to invest more in the Vietnamese market. The book’s author, who is also Chairman of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee of West-Bengal state, is currently on a visit to Vietnam from May 20 to June 1. Over the past four decades, Sharma has strongly supported the Vietnamese people in their past struggle against foreign aggressors, as well as their current process of national construction and defence. He has made significant contributions to boosting Vietnam-India relations, especially in the fields of trade and culture. Sharma also wrote a book on Vietnam-India relations from the beginning to the 21st century. His most recent work on traces of Indian culture in Vietnam has been translated into Vietnamese and published in Ho Chi Minh City. According to the Indian scholar, ties between India and Vietnam date back to more than 2,000 years when Hindu traders from the Bhagalpur region established the ancient Champa kingdom in central Vietnam.... [read more]

Present at the inauguration of a Vietnamese book stall which was chaired by President of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Geetesh Sharma are Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, a prominent thinker of India, and Anup Kumar Matilal, Director of the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre. On display are many publications on Vietnam’s history and culture, literary and its Dien Bien Phu victory, as well as rare photographs of Late President Ho Chi Minh. Scholars and high-ranking officials highly appreciated Vietnam’s literature, culture and history. They said the participation of Vietnam in the event will help bring Vietnam and India have closer ties. Kolkata Int’l Book Fair is expected to attract about 2 million visitors until its closing on February 10.... [read more]

The seven-day event displays 50 photos featuring the temples, towers, and statues of the ancient kingdom of Champa. The photos were taken by India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee President Geetesh Sharma and Committee Secretary General Kusum Jain during their visits to Vietnam. Sharma and Jain said the photos prove there once existed a kingdom of Hindi/Champa people in the central coastal region between Binh Thuan and Quang Nam provinces. Over the past 40 years, Sharma has supported the Vietnamese people in their struggle for national independence as well as in the country’s national construction efforts. He is heavily involved in the recent delegation exchanges strengthening trade and cultural ties between India and Vietnam. He explained the exhibition aims to help the younger generations of both countries recognise their cultural similarities, contributing to the consolidation of India-Vietnamrelations. Sharma has also written books on the Vietnam-India relationship, including one on bilateral relationship since its establishment. Danang City People’s Committee Chairman Van Huu Chien sent a letter congratulating Sharma on the exhibition, citing it as a worthwhile addition to the traditional relationship between the two nations. Chien is confident that Sharma will made a greater effort to promote relations between Danang and Indian partners.... [read more]

On display are photographs of temples, towers and statues left over from the ancient kingdom of Champa, which were taken by India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee President Geetesh Sharma during his visits to Vietnam. They were all focused on the historical traces of ancient kingdom of Champa in the central region of Vietnam stretching from Quang Nam to Binh Thuan provinces, showing a link between the ancient cultures of India and Vietnam nearly 2000 years ago. President Geetesh Sharma said his photographic exhibition aims to give young generations a fresh insight into the cultural similarities of the two countries. The exhibition has attracted a large number of visitors, including state officials, writers, poets, social and cultural activists, and media workers.... [read more]

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