Ho Chi Minh’s Testament guides diplomacy to success

(VOV) - In his Testament, President Ho Chi Minh set out major orientations for the diplomatic sector to follow under any circumstances, and the reality is the sector is on the road to success.

Tran Viet Thai, vice director of the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides insight into the nature of President Ho’s teachings for the diplomatic sector, through an exclusive interview granted to VOV online.

Following are the excerpts from the interview.

VOV: How has the Party and people followed his teachings enshrined in the Testament? How has the diplomatic sector realised his Testament?

Thai: I can say what Vietnam has done during the past 45 years proves the fact that we have seriously followed and realised President Ho’s teachings.

The diplomatic sector alone has made lots of important achievements, elevating Vietnam’s profile globally. Following are the three most outstanding results of the sector.

ho chi minh’s testament guides diplomacy to success hinh 0
President Ho Chi Minh welcomed Indian President Rajendra Prasad in an visit to Vietnam in 1959

First of all, the sector successfully completed protracted negotiations of the 1973 Paris Peace Agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Indochina. The agreement changed power relationships in favour of the Vietnamese revolution, culminating in the final, glorious victory in 1975.

Second, in the 1980s and early 1990s, the sector introduced a number of proper policies, helping Vietnam get rid of western embargoes and gradually expand relations with partners, laying firm foundations for the country to carry out the Doi Moi (Renewal) process and international integration comprehensively.

Last but not least, in recent years the sector has continued to reap important achievements, especially in maintaining a peaceful and stable environment and making use of external resources for national socio-economic development, while firmly defending national independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

VOV: In his Testament, President Ho entrusted our party with the task of fostering international solidarity with fraternal communist parties. Could you further elaborate on his teaching? What message do you think President Ho wanted to deliver to successors?

Thai: Throughout his revolutionary life, President Ho paid special attention to the relationship between fraternal communist parties, because he had worked for Communist International and clearly known the value and significance of the communist and workers’ movements for the Vietnamese revolution.

He was upset about the discord between communist parties in the world. Therefore, he was interested in re-building and strengthening solidarity between these fraternal parties, showing his responsibility and sentiments towards international communist and workers’ movements.

ho chi minh’s testament guides diplomacy to success hinh 1
PM Nguyen Tan Dung (second from right) attended the World Economic Forum on East Asia in the Philippines in May 2014

Through his testament, he wanted to confirm that the Communist Party of Vietnam is a genuine Marxist party, an integral part of international communist and workers’ movements. This means international solidarity is a lofty task our party has to fulfil. It is not only the command of mind, but also the obligation of a compassionate and tolerant man in an evolving word.

By and large, given the current context Vietnam is an integral part of the international community. We are obliged to contribute to peace, stability and sustainable development of the international community. In turn, a strong international community will help Vietnam successfully implement development tasks.

VOV: How has the realisation of President Ho’s testament impacted the diplomatic sector, particularly during the Doi Moi (Renewal) process?

Thai: Undoubtedly his teachings have had a big influence on the diplomatic sector and its staff.

First of all, his teachings encourage the sector to work hard for the ultimate goal of meeting the task on national construction and defence. President Ho instilled a firm belief in victory, solidarity, and justice in diplomats, creating an enormous, inexorable strength, helping the sector surmount all difficulties and challenges.

Second, President Ho pointed out a big but glorious task for the sector is consolidating solidarity within the party and the sector itself, contributing to national socio-economic development and humankind’s common struggle for peace, national independence and social progress.

ho chi minh’s testament guides diplomacy to success hinh 2
Realising his teachings, the diplomatic sector has introduced a policy of expanding international relations, gradually elevating Vietnam's status globally. In the photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) visited Vietnam in December 2013

VOV: What should we do to realise President Ho’s desire to build a peaceful, unified, independent, democratic and wealthy nation while contributing the world’s revolutionary cause?

Thai: This is his last, burning desire in the Testament, and we have well performed this task. In the face of regional and global complications at present, I think we should stand firm on the path selected by the party and President Ho, which is successfully building socialism and firmly defending the regime.

We should seriously grasp and implement President Ho’s teachings, primarily those on solidarity within the party and various sectors, as well as international solidarity. It is important to fulfil socio-economic development and poverty reduction tasks outlined by the recent 11th National Party Congress.  

The diplomatic sector needs to further renew and improve the efficiency of diplomacy in the new era, and accelerate international integration to deepen our international relations, making a practical contribution to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the rest of the world.