General Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnam’s greatest military hero

On May 27, 1948, he was conferred the title of highest-ranking General by the Late President Ho Chi Minh at the age 37

General Vo Nguyen Giap, former Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People's Army, passed away on October 4, but Vietnamese people will remember him for his great devotion to national independence. For the Vietnamese Army, he was a brilliant military strategist who planned historic battles that shine in Vietnamese history. Some revolutionary photos of General Vo Nguyen Giap taken from the book "General and Commander-in-Chief Vo Nguyen Giap": pubished by the Authority of Foreign Information, Service under the Ministry of Information and Communications in 2011): … [Read more...]

In photos: Historic milestones in General Giap’s life

Here are some archive images depicting historic milestones in the life of General Giap:

Legendary Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap started his career as a history teacher. He later became a politician and the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army. To many generations of Vietnamese, General Giap is a symbol of strong will and national pride. Legendary Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap started his career as a history teacher. He later became a politician and the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army. To many generations of Vietnamese, General Giap is a symbol of strong will and national pride. General Vo Nguyen Giap, whose real name is Vo Giap, was born on August 25, 1911, in An Xa village, Loc Thuy commune, Le Thuy district, in the central province of Quang Binh. In 1930, at the age of 19, he was arrested and imprisoned in Thua Phu prison in Hue province during the Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Uprising against the colonial French regime. On December 22, 1944 in Cao Bang, the Vietnam Propaganda Liberation Army was established with 34 members led by Vo Nguyen … [Read more...]

65 Years of Construction and Development

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The National Political Publishing House, formerly the Truth Publishing House, was established on December 5, 1945 and managed by late Party General Secretary Truong Trinh. Over the past 65 years, the Publishing House has been closely attached to and made a great contribution to the cause of development of Vietnam's revolution. When the North was completely liberated (October 1954), with its tasks of popularizing lines and policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), State and Marxism and Leninism to educate the socialist thoughts, the true patriotism and proletarian internationalism, the Publishing House promoted the translation and publication of great works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Particularly, from 1959 to 1965, the Publishing House completed the publication of the book "Capital" by Kart Marx and works of Lenin and President Ho Chi Minh. The headquarter of the National Political Publishing House at No.24 on Quang Trung Street, Hanoi. Ph.D Nguyen Duy Hung, … [Read more...]

VN-France association marks 60th founding anniversary

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VGP - The Viet Nam-France Friendship and Cooperation Association (VFFCA) have celebrated its 60th anniversary in Ha Noi (July 2, 1955 - July 2, 2015). VFFCA Chairman Nguyen Huy Quang said that the association’s establishment came from a suggestion by late President Ho Chi Minh 60 years ago. Since then, the association has made considerable contributions to Viet Nam’s anti-American resistance war and recent national construction and defence cause. The association supported Viet Nam’s post-war reconstruction efforts, poverty reduction campaigns, the regional and global integration process, and the defence of national sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the industrialisation and modernisation processes. French Ambassador to Viet Nam Jean-Noël Poirier pledged the embassy’s continued support for the VFFCA to further promote the friendship and cooperation between the two countries’ peoples and deepen their strategic partnership. On this … [Read more...]

Vietnam-France Friendship Association sees 60 years of development

Ambassador to Vietnam Jean-Noël Poirier addresses the ceremony

PANO – The Vietnam-France Friendship Association (AAVF), now the Vietnam-France Friendship and Cooperation Association (AACVF), marked its 60th founding anniversary in Hanoi on June 27th. Present at the ceremony were former Vice State President Nguyen Thi Binh and French Ambassador to Vietnam Jean-Noël Poirier. AACVF Chairman Nguyen Huy Quang said that the association’s establishment came from a suggestion by late President Ho Chi Minh 60 years ago. Since then, the association has made considerable contributions to Vietnam’s anti-American resistance war and recent national construction and defence cause. On this occasion, the association was presented with a certificate by the Vietnamese Prime Minister. The same day, an exhibition "Vietnam-Ho Chi Minh: Vietnam-France Friendship" was kicked off at the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organization, 105A Quan Thanh Street, Hanoi. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Party chief bids adieu to DPRK ambassador

HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday praised the positive contributions made by outgoing ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Chang II, to enhancing bilateral relations. Receiving the envoy in Ha Noi yesterday, he congratulated the people of DPRK on their achievements in the nation-building process. Trong expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Workers' Party, citizens of the DPRK would reap greater benefits in the coming years. He also said he was very happy with the development of time-honoured friendship and solidarity between the two countries nurtured by late presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-sung. Ambassador Kim Chang II praised Viet Nam's achievements in developing the country, maintaining political stability, protecting territorial sovereignty and increasing its position in the international arena. The strong partnership between the two Parties had created a firm political foundation for … [Read more...]

Party chief says farewell to DPRK ambassador

Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong spoke highly of positive contributions that Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Chang In has made to enhancing the two countries’ relations while receiving the outgoing diplomat in Hanoi on June 26. Congratulating DPRK people on their achievements during the nation-building process, the General Secretary believed that under the leadership of the Workers’ Party, they will reap more fruits in the coming time. He said he is delighted at the development of the bilateral time-honoured friendship and solidarity between the two countries, nurtured by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-sung. The Party chief hoped the ambassador, in his new position, will continue his contributions to developing the ties. Ambassador Kim Chang In praised Vietnam’s achievements in developing the country, maintaining political stability, protecting territorial sovereignty and increasing position … [Read more...]

Party chief farewells DPRK ambassador

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At the reception (VNA) NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong spoke highly of positive contributions that the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Chang In has made, effectively enhancing the two countries’ relations, while receiving the outgoing diplomat in Hanoi on June 26. Congratulating the DPRK people on their achievements in national development, the General Secretary expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Workers’ Party, they will continue to reap benefits in the coming time. He said that he is delighted at the development of the bilateral long-standing friendship and solidarity between the two countries, nurtured by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-sung. The Party chief hoped the ambassador, in his new position, would continue making contributions to developing the ties. Ambassador Kim Chang In praised Vietnam’s achievements in developing the country, maintaining … [Read more...]

Statue of late President Ho Chi Minh to be placed in Czech Republic

Mayor of Chrastava town Michal Canov and the Vietnamese delegation at the school (Photo:Vietnam+) Vietnam would like to place a rock column or a statue of President Ho Chi Minh in Chrastava town in the Czech Republic as a commemoration of his visit to the local school which was accommodating 100 Vietnamese army children at the time. Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Truong Manh Son made the proposal during a working session with senior officials from the Liberec province. He updated his hosts on Vietnam’s recent socio-economic achievements, highlighting the business potential for enterprises from the Czech Republic and the Liberec province in particular. The host welcomed the Vietnamese delegation’s initiative to mark the late leader’s visit, saying it is significant for the local people as well as the Vietnamese community in the province. They also supported the close economic cooperation between the two nations and praised the Vietnamese community … [Read more...]

Exhibition marks centenary birthday of late Party chief

Late Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh met Hanoi's senior officials (Photo: VNA) An exhibition offering a comprehensive view on the life of late Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh and achievements of the Doi Moi process that he strongly promoted opened in Hanoi on June 22. The display at the National Library of Vietnam at No. 31 Trang Thi Street is being held in celebration of his 100th birth anniversary (July 1, 1915). Nearly 1,000 exhibits, including books, newspapers, articles and documentary films, offer an insight into Linh’s life and revolutionary activities along with his articles and speeches on military, defence, life settlement and goods distribution. Visitors can take a closer look at his column "Nhung viec can lam ngay" (Things to be done immediately) in Nhan dan (People) newspaper, which attacked negative phenomena in society and therefore created an open and democratic social atmosphere in the late 1980’s. Featured items also cover the … [Read more...]

Party leader felicitates the press

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (third, right) visits the Vietnam News Agency's booth at the 2015 Spring Newspaper Festival . — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

HA NOI (VNS) — For the 90th anniversary of Viet Nam's Revolutionary Press Day, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong called on the Vietnamese press to continue its important role in promoting national renewal, global integration and protecting the country's sovereignty. In a note to the press released yesterday, the Party leader sent his best wishes to media professionals. "As society develops and the role of the media in daily life becomes more important, the media will only face more challenges as its responsibilities grow," he noted. "For the past 90 years, the revolutionary press of Viet Nam, founded by the late President Ho Chi Minh, has always been there during the nation's toughest times. It has stood alongside the Party and the people, fighting for national independence and socialism," Trong wrote. During the country's last 30 years of reform, the media had contributed a great deal to the nation's development, he affirmed, stressing that the media was an important … [Read more...]

The iconic buildings of Vietnamese cities

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VietNamNet Bridge – The ancient Khue Van Cac in Hanoi, the highly stylized Tram Huong tower in Nha Trang, and the Nha Rong Wharf in HCM City are among the outstanding works of these cities.Khue Van Cac (Hanoi) In 2012, the National Assembly ratified the Law of the Capital, which recognizes Khue Van Cac - Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) as the symbol of Hanoi. It explained that the symbol of the capital city is the typical image associated with the history and culture of Hanoi and the Vietnamese people; it expresses the aspirations, the pride of Hanoi people and Vietnamese people about a capital of culture, civilization and modernization. Khue Van Cac was selected because it is the traditional symbol of the eagerness for learning of Hanoi people and Vietnamese people as a whole. Khue Van Cac was built in 1070 as the first university of Vietnam, with over 700 years of operation, training thousands of talents for the country. According to ancestors, Khue Van Cac means the … [Read more...]

Nguyen Hue pedestrian street – a lovely new spot in Saigon

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It was an ordinary night on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street when thousands of local people and tourists flocked to the new spot in downtown Ho Chi Minh City for entertainment. Opening at the end of April, the area located in the heart of District 1 has added a new kind of relaxation for people of all ages in the city. A number of young people said that they feel like being themselves coming here while the older generations said they also engage in the excitement of the youth. "This area is more crowded than before," said Tu, a street photographer who has more than ten years of experience in taking photos in the area. "All elderly people, youths, and kids can come here and relax." One of the much-awaited spotlights of the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street is the water fountains. The fountains, decorated with color-changing lights, splash water in different styles, which always excites people and wows them. Tran Thi Thanh Loan, 25, who often walks and roller skates around the … [Read more...]

Belongings of Vietnam’s well-known reporters

Press card, glasses and a pen of late journalist Hoang Tung, former Editor-in-Chief of the Nhan dan (People) newspaper.

PANO – Over the past time, the Vietnam Journalists’ Association has collected over 3,000 objects and documents for the debut of the Vietnam Press Museum this month. The number of objects will considerably increase as many reporters are keeping and storing items relating to their career and want to donate them to the museum. Here are some images of items kept at the headquarters of the association: Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Social News 15/6

Binh Thuan: 714,000 USD to surmount water shortages The southern central province of Binh Thuan is set to spend 15 billion VND (714,000 USD) to support localities to surmount water shortages caused by prolonged drought. The amount will be spent on supporting local people to buy tap water; drill wells; purchase water pumps; invest in water pipes and build water supply works. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, water levels in 16 reservoirs in the province have plunged to alarmingly low levels of 10-30 percent. The Ham Tan and Tuy Phong communes are the hardest hit localities by drought with nearly 40,000 people and 1,000 hectares of cultivated crops affected by water shortages. As of June 6, eight water supply projects in the districts of Ham Tan, Tuy Phong, Ham Thuan Bac and Tanh Linh had to cease operations due to insufficient water. Due to water shortages, local people have to buy water from 60,000 VND (2.9 USD) to over 100,000 VND (4.8 … [Read more...]

National congress honours exemplary children

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President Truong Tan Sang (second, right) presents symbolic awards to exemplary children (Photo: VNA) As many as of 280 children, who made the most outstanding performance following Uncle Ho’s teachings, were honoured at a national congress in Hanoi on June 13. Addressing the event, President Truong Tan Sang praised the exemplary children for their achievements in study and active involvement in social activities, which brought practical benefit to the community. He said as the nation’s masters in the future, the children should continue to lead in emulation movements and contribute to build a strong and prosperous country as wished by President Ho Chi Minh. The State leader asked Party committees, local authorities, sectors, social organisations, parents, and teachers to pay more attention to child care, protection, and education. He stressed that children should be given favourable conditions to study, play, join in social activities, and practice a healthy … [Read more...]

Vietnamese parents organize tours for children to help them mature

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More Vietnamese parents have begun organizing their own tours based on scenic spots mentioned in their children’s textbooks to enrich the kids’ practical knowledge and life skills. The tours have provided couples and their children with priceless experiences and become an excellent way to spend their quality time together. Bui Trong Hien and his wife, who run a small business in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, have taken their son, Bui Trong Hieu, on countryside tours every year since the boy was in kindergarten. They have also brought their kid to the hometowns of theirs and their friends, and arranged homestay trips to other provinces to introduce to their boy their rustic charms and idyllic lifestyle. A 4th grader now, Hieu has been armed with surprisingly rich knowledge of nature and livestock. "Whenever I enjoy a fruit now, I immediately envision how its tree looks like and how it is grown. I have befriended different kinds of poultry, cattle, and insects," … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh statue constructed in Russia

A ceremony commencing the construction of a statue of the late President Ho Chi Minh was held in Russian Ulyanovsk city, the birthplace of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, on June 11. The 5-metre bronze statue will be built on an area of more than 2,000 square metres, next to the Ho Chi Minh boulevard in Zasniazhsky district. The construction cost is covered by Vietnam while its technical consultancy and sculpture work are supported by the Russian side. Speaking at the event, Le Ngoc Hoa, Vice Chairman of the Nghe An People’s Committee, said the work aims to be a place for the Vietnamese community in Russia to honnour their beloved president and to cement a close long-lasting ties between central Nghe An province and Ulyanovsk. The Russian city’s representative expressed local delight and support towards the statue erection, while pledging to decorate and make the Ho Chi Minh boulevard one of the city’s best streets by September 2, Vietnam’s National Day. The … [Read more...]

Slovakia, Vietnam defence ministers hold talks

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(VOV) - The visit to Vietnam by Slovakia Defence Minister Martin Glavac will help consolidate and elevate the traditional friendship ties between the two armies and two countries. Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh made the statement at a welcome ceremony to the Slovakia high-ranking defence delegation led by its minister Martin Glavac in Hanoi on June 9. Talks were held after the welcome ceremony when the two ministers discussed regional and world issues of mutual concerns and devised measures to boost bilateral defence cooperation in the future, including exchanging visits, training officers and sharing experience in joining UN peace-keeping forces. The two ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation which creates a legal framework for lifting defence cooperation into a new height for peace, stability and security in the region and the world. Besides official activities, Minister Martin Glavac will preside over an exchange meeting between Slovakia … [Read more...]