Vietnamese Embassy in RoK marks National Day

To justify its comments, the US Department of State listed a number of actions taken by the Vietnamese Government that are alleged to have violated fundamental human rights. Among them, the department said Vietnamese people holding different views still face detention. On what ground could the department come up with such a biased judgement when there was no suppression or imprisonment of dissidents in Vietnam, except for some people who attempted to undermine the efforts of the law-governed VietnameseState to protect the stability and unification of the country. While Vietnamese people were jubilantly celebrating the traditional lunar New Year Festival (Tet) three weeks ago, a group of extremists led by Nguyen Van Ly in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue contacted and joined reactionary elements overseas in an attempt to undermine the cause of national construction and development. On February 18, the police took legal proceedings against Ly on charges of producing, storing and distributing anti-Vietnamese State material. In early March, the investigating police also arrested Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan in Hanoi on charges of dispersing such material. Any nation and any genuine government in the world would strictly deal with law-breakers. The Vietnamese Government’s above-mentioned action was only aimed at consolidating the country’s socio-political stability, creating favourable conditions for economic development, improving people’s living conditions and better protecting fundamental human rights. Only those still bearing a grudge against Vietnam are brazen enough to accuse it of violating human rights. The US Department of State falsely…... [read more]

With regards to Vietnam, the department spent more than 50 pages looking at the practices of almost all fundamental human rights in the country, including the right to freedom of speech, press, assembly and democracy as well as policies on these issues. According to the report, all political opposition movements in Vietnam are prohibited and so-called dissidents continue to be arrested and detained. The report goes on to state that the National Assembly elections in May 2007 were “neither free nor fair”. These are biased and groundless allegations about the situation in Vietnam. In Vietnam, no one is arrested for holding different political and religious views. Only those who act illegally face legal charges. In May 2007 National Assembly elections were a major national political event. Vietnamese voters went to the poll to cast their ballots in a free, fair and democratic manner to fulfil their civic responsibility and obligation. This was acknowledged by many foreigners, including politicians from western countries, while visiting Vietnam on the occasion of the elections. Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam Ajay Chibber has stated that no place in Vietnam has been left behind in poverty reduction efforts. The country has achieved equitable development in education, trade and infrastructure. Notably, the literacy rate in Vietnam has risen to 95 percent, which is higher than in other dynamically developing economies such as China and India. About 95 percent of the households have been connected to the national power grid compared to 50 percent in…... [read more]

VOV in the front line of emulation A week after its establishment, two VOV news bulletins in English and French appeared in the first transmission of the Vietnam News Agency. In the following years VOV joined efforts with the Vietnamese people in the protracted resistance wars against French colonialists and US imperialists, as well as with its affiliates such as the Vocie of Southern Resistance, Saigon-Cho Lon, Interregion Five, Liberation CP90, Northwest-Northern Vietnam-Cao Bac Lang and Tram Cave broadcasting stations, Bach Mai, Me Tri and CK2 transmitting stations and others in the formation of a united voice of Vietnam. In the resistance war against French colonialists, VOV had to relocate its station for 14 times to ensure its broadcasts uninterrupted. After the US air blitz over Hanoi on the nights of Dec. 21 and 22, 1972, the technical facilities of VOV were badly damaged, but the Voice of Vietnam continued echoing over the country and some parts of the world. Hundreds of VOV’s reporters, singers and artists engaged in the two protracted resistance war. Dozens of them laid down their lives on the battlefield. The current archives of VOV still keeps 30,000 broadcasting hours or 50,000 programmes on tapes and discs which are of historical value. They have been digitalized for long-term maintenance and use such as real sound from the old battles, plants, construction sites, immortal songs, particularly Ho Chi Minh’s voice reading the Declaration of Independence and appealing for national resistance, and Saigon puppet generals’ statement of surrender.…... [read more]

The main streets leading to Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake and Thong Nhat Park, had filled up with people. Tran Van Tien, a resident of Hanoi, said that his family had come to find a good spot very early. Set off at 9:00pm, the fireworks display was really a spectacular event, broadcast live on VTV. Together with the display, people also had the chance to enjoy a concert, which included more than 400 singers and dancers, martial artists, and pupils from around the capital city. The event began with a Lion dance, followed by a performance of VOVINAM (Vietnamese martial art), and songs about the Vietnamese people and their country. The audience also enjoyed video clips featuring Hanoi’s history, from the Dinh Dynasty to the day when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence (September 2, 1945). Firework displays and concert were also held in other locations across the country to celebrate National Day.... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and State President Nguyen Minh Triet sent baskets of flowers to congratulate the VNA. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam attended the event. At the ceremony, participants commemorated President Ho Chi Minh – the beloved leader of the nation and the founder of the VNA (previously called Viet Nam Thong tan xa and now Thong tan xa Vietnam) – as well as fallen combatants, including more than 260 VNA staff members, who had laid down their lives for the Fatherland’s independence and freedom. Recalling the VNA’s 65-year history, General Director Tran Mai Huong said that on September 15, 1945, the VNA transmitted to the world its first bulletin in Vietnamese, English and French that featured the historic Declaration of Independence read by President Ho Chi Minh at Ba Dinh Square to establish the Democratic Republic of Vietnam 13 days ago, along with the member list of the Provisional Government of the new Vietnam. That historic day became the founding day of the VNA. Having joined the entire nation in the struggles for national liberation, re-unification, construction and development, generations of VNA officials and reporters have upheld the spirit of bravery and readiness for sacrifice and hardship to contribute remarkably to the common cause and make up the glorious tradition of a State-owned news agency. The VNA has already been honoured with two Hero titles, namely the Hero of the People’s Armed Forces during…... [read more]

Cuba: US must take responsibility for Vietnamese AO/Dioxin victims Over the past 50 years since US forces sprayed Agent Orange in Vietnam, there have been serious consequences to overcome. Not only was the environment and ecosystem seriously damaged, but millions of Vietnamese people have continued from extreme sickness, poverty, despair and misery. The harmful effects of AO caused the deaths of thousands of babies, many still in the wombs of their mothers. With every passing day, AO victims have to witness their children and grandchildren in pain; some of whom are slowly dying of the dioxin chemical. “Fifty years is too long for those who bear the scars of AO on their body and for the land laid waste by ecocide to be healed”, said Jeanne Mirer, co-coordinator of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign (USA). “The time for justice for AO victims is now”. She added that there is a growing understanding of the need for justice for AO victims. Millions of people are calling for the US Government, which is liable for the spraying of AO in Vietnam, to accept responsibility for cleaning up the areas where AO still lies and to care for the victims who live with health problems. Those who made such obscene profits from the manufacture of AO - particularly the chemical company giants, Down and Monsanto - will not escape public censure and protest until they invest in compensating their victims. Over the past years, the Party and State have issued…... [read more]

At the event, Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Cuong spoke about the great significance of September 2, 1945 when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Over the past 69 years, Vietnam has recorded significant accomplishments in national construction and defence and played a dynamic and responsible role in dealing with regional and international issues. Cuong highlighted the tremendous achievements in bilateral cooperation between the two nations, especially after President Truong Tan Sang and Barack Obama established a comprehensive partnership in 2013. At the meeting, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel congratulated Vietnam’s National Day, hoping that the two countries will further promote cooperation in new fields in the future. Vietnam is one of the top ten countries with the highest number of students studying in the US, showing the two nations’ due educational investment. Daniel emphasised that 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of normalisation of bilateral ties and 40 years of since the end of the US war in Vietnam and expressed his hope that bilateral relations will flourish in the future. The same day, Lao Ambassador to Thailand Ly Bounkham congratulated Vietnam on its National Day and expressed his belief that special traditional ties between Vietnam and Laos will grow in the future. For his part, Vietnam Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Tat Thanh showed his pride in the special ties, voicing his conviction that Lao and Vietnamese representative…... [read more]

At the opening ceremony, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong emphasised that the event provided a venue for researchers, scholars, businesspeople and representatives from a number of US non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to review the VUS operation over the past 69 years. Hong said it was on October 17th 1945, just 45 days after President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence, giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, that the Vietnam-USA Society (VUS) was founded under the name of the Vietnam-America Friendship Association (VAFA). This was a first bilateral friendship association of Vietnamese people with international friends, Hong said. Hong said the VUS has conducted activities in line with each period in the national history and Vietnam-US relations, adding that it should make more contributions to strengthening bilateral ties, especially on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of normalisation of diplomatic ties in 2015. VUS President Nguyen Tam Chien recalled major activities over the past 69 years and asserted that it will continue to accelerate exchanges to enhance mutual understanding among two peoples, especially young generations, in the fields of education and culture, and coordinate with US friends to deal with war aftermath issues, such as Agent Orange/Dioxin, bomb and mine disposal and helping people with disabilities. Participants in the workshop also gave ideas and measures to accelerate the implementation of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of normalisation of diplomatic ties next year, contributing to bolstering comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and…... [read more]

“For Vietnam, the United States will always be a key partner, and our commitment to multi-faceted cooperation should not be questioned,” the President wrote. In the letter, the Vietnamese State President said that in spite of the geographical distance between the two countries, Vietnam and the US seem to have a common relationship history dating back almost to the birth of America. The Vietnamese Declaration of Independence for example opens with Thomas Jefferson's immortal words, "All men are created equal, they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness." The relationship between the two countries has been tumultuous and has a sorrowful past, the Vietnamese President said, while confirming, “today, in the immediate and long-term interests of our two countries, Vietnam and the US are working hard to forge a new chapter in our shared history”. The President also wrote that after a turbulent past, time has helped to heal the wounds that previously divided the two nations, but now unprecedented opportunities exist for both countries to build a more sustainable and fruitful relationship. He also expressed his hope that his visit to the US will help tighten bilateral relations and expand cooperation. President Triet also said Vietnam has emerged today as one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing economies in the world, and is now known worldwide as a safe and stable country boasting an attractive business and investment environment. Vietnam, he added, is showing itself to be…... [read more]

*** The Los Angeles Times wrote that the talks with President Bush on June 22 meant President Triet became the highest-level Vietnamese leader to meet President Bush at the Oval Office since the end of the Vietnam War more than three decades ago. The paper quoted the two leaders after an hour talk as saying that they had a “direct and open exchange” of views on a number of issues, including ongoing cooperation in efforts to ascertain the fate of US servicemen missing in action (MIA), as well as the lingering effects on the Vietnamese population of Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the US military during the Vietnam war. *** The Washington Post said during the talks with visiting President Triet, US President Bush hailed the growing trade ties between the two countries and the signing of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) which could lead to formal free-trade talks. The paper wrote that President Triet's visit was the latest step in the US-Vietname relations since President Bill Clinton normalized ties in 1995 and became the first American leader to visit the country in 2000. President Bush followed suit with a trip to Vietnam last November to attend the 14th APEC leaders’ meeting. The US exported roughly US$1 billion in goods to Vietnam last year and imported US$8.4 billion, a tenfold increase since President Bush took office. *** Japanese newspaper Yomiuri in its June 24 edition ran news about the talks between Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and…... [read more]