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...]

Vietnam Summer Camp concludes in Ho Chi Minh City

Overseas students attending the camp offer incense to late President Ho Chi Minh in his hometown in central Nghe An province (Photo: VNA) The Vietnam Summer Camp in Ho Chi Minh City, which saw the participation of more than 160 overseas Vietnamese youth from 21 nations and territories, came to an end on July 30. Participants laid down floral wreaths at the Ho Chi Minh statue, paid tribute to the fallen soldiers at the Ben Duoc memorial temple and visited the historic Cu Chi tunnels. Thien Truc, who returned to Vietnam from Germany, said he wished to become a singer and perform Vietnamese songs overseas to help international friends learn more about Vietnam. Meanwhile, Van Anh, an overseas Vietnamese from Laos, said this was the first time she participated in the summer camp and was able to discover the numerous local historic sites. "I made unforgettable memories on my trip and it made me love the country more", she added. This year’s event, "Proud of Vietnam", enabled … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese youth visit HCM City

(VOV) - Young Vietnamese expatriates who are taking part in the 2015 Vietnam Summer Camp on July 29 visited Nha Rong Wharf in Ho Chi Minh City where late President Ho Chi Minh left the nation to seek ways for national salvation. At Independence Palace, young people the unique history and special architecture were explained. On July 31, Vietnamese young expatriates will visit Cu Chi tunnels as part of their final destination at the summer camp, and take part in the closing ceremony of the 2015 Vietnam Summer Camp. The 2015 Vietnam Summer Camp, themed "Proud of Vietnam", hosts youth aged between 16 and 25, serving as a bridge that links the country with the world. … [Read more...]

Labor union members report achievements to President Ho Chi Minh

Labor union members reporting results of their task performance to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum.

PANO – A delegation of 70 outstanding members of labor unions under the Ministries of Public Security and National Defence reported results of their task performance to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in the Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi on July 29th. Over the past five years, under the instruction of senior levels, the two ministries’ labor unions have made considerable contributions to the development of the VPA and People’s Police Force. They were presented with noble orders and certificates by the State, Government and Ministries. Later in the evening, an artistic exchange to honor the outstanding members of the two labor unions took place at the Vietnam-Soviet Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi. On the previous day, they met with State President Truong Tan Sang. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Government News 29/7

Vietnam accelerates nuclear power development Vietnam has completed the necessary legal framework to push forward the application of atomic energy to develop nuclear power, furthering socio-economic development. The Atomic Energy Law issued in 2008 regulates the establishment of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) that will be in charge of atomic energy safety management, including radiation waste and used nuclear fuels. In a bid to implement the Law, the Ministry of Science and Technology promulgated a circular specifying the principals to manage radiation waste. Regulations were issued on 2014 on financial obligations of organisations owning nuclear power plants which include funding for radiation waste treatment. The Prime Minister also ratified an overall plan for radioactive waste storage and disposal sites by 2030. VARANS Director General Vuong Huu Tan said that warehouse construction for low-level radiation waste disposal will be implemented in six … [Read more...]

Activities to honour great tale of Kieu, poet Nguyen Du

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Poet Nguyen Du's commemorative house in his hometown in Tien Dien commune, Nghi Xuan district, Ha Tinh province (Photo: vanhoahatinh.gov.vn) A number of activities and workshops will be held to honour the great poet Nguyen Du and his world-famous masterpiece ‘The Tale of Kieu’. Next November, Nguyen Du will become the third person after Nguyen Trai (1980) and late President Ho Chi Minh (1990) to be venerated as an Outstanding Man of Culture by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). On July 28, the Vietnam Kieu Study Association collaborated with the Vietnam National Library to organise a conference entitled "The Great Poet Nguyen Du and His Masterpiece ‘The Tale of Kieu’". This will be the third workshop on Nguyen Du and is one of the events to mark Nguyen Du’s 250th birthday anniversary. About 30 reports revolving around Nguyen Du’s artistry and his masterpiece were presented at the conference. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Laos hold friendly exchange

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At the friendly exchange (Source: VNA) A friendly Vietnam-Laos exchange is underway in the Lao province of Khammouane and the central province of Nghe An from July 25-29 with Party and Government officials taking part. The event is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2) as well as the 40th anniversary of the Lao National Day (December 2) towards the National Party Congress of each country. Attending the event were Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thoonglun Sisulith, Head of the Lao Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Sunthon Saynhachac and his Vietnamese counterpart Hoang Binh Quan together with leaders of Nghe An and Khammouane provinces. Participants engaged in sharing experiences and sports and music performances. On the occasion, they also paid tribute to the late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kaysone Phomvihane at their relic sites in Khammouane, visited the Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Party official welcomes Mexican guest

Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Le Hong Anh welcomed Secretary for External Relations of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Mexico Javier Vega in Hanoi on July 27, saying that the Communist Party of Vietnam treasures its friendly cooperation with Latin America, including Mexico. The host congratulated the PRI on its achievements, especially its success in the mid-term election in June. He also informed his guest about Vietnam’s developments and preparations for the 12th National Party Congress slated for early 2016. Secretary Vega, in turn, expressed his determination to foster ties between the two ruling Parties, States and peoples as well as tap cooperative potentials across economics, investment, tourism and education. Earlier, the guest also held talks with Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Chief of the Party Central Committee’s Office Tran Quoc Vuong, during which both sides … [Read more...]

Party, State leaders commemorate heroic martyrs

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VGP - A delegation of leaders of the Party, State, and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front on July 27 offered incense at the Monument to War Heroes and Martyrs on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27). The delegation included Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, State President Truong Tan Sang, former State President Tran Duc Luong; PM Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An. The leaders expressed their deep gratitude to the great sacrifice of the heroic martyrs to the nation’s glorious revolutionary cause, national freedom and people’s happiness. They later paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum. Also in the morning, delegations from ministries, agencies and organizations also laid wreaths and paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh and war martyrs. By Thuy Dung … [Read more...]

Social News 20/7

More patients need organ transplantation Just a few patients suffering kidney or liver failure received organ transplantation in Vietnam, said the Ministry of Health and Organ Transplantation Association at a meeting to call on people to donate their organs in Hanoi. According to the Ministry of Health, the country has 14 medical facilities which are able to perform organ transplantation and Vietnamese doctors' skill in transplantation is as good as their counterparts in foreign countries. However, the sector is in severe need of organ supply while the demand is increasing drastically. The main cause of shortage of organ donation is due to people's incorrect awareness of organ donation. In addition, information of organ donation is still limited and not popular among the community. By statistics, Vietnamese surgeons has so far carried out over 1,011 kidney transplant operations, 37 liver transplant surgeries, 11 heart transplantation, one operation for pancreas transplant and over … [Read more...]

Chinese friendship activist honoured with insignia

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Li Xiaolin, head of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries was welcomed in Hanoi (Source: VNA) The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) awarded the insignia "For Peace and Friendship among Nations" for Li Xiaolin, head of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, at a ceremony in Hanoi on July 18. Addressing the event, VUFO’s President Vu Xuan Hong acknowledged Li Xiaolin’s meritorious service in coordinating a range of meaningful programmes, such as the Vietnam-China Friendship Festival, the Vietnam-China People’s Forum, activities to mark the 65 th anniversary of Vietnam-China ties and a tour travelling across destinations where the late President Ho Chi Minh had been to in the past. Li Xiaolin said she was honoured to receive the noble award and stressed that people of the two countries will always foster the friendship built by the two nations’ leaders.-VNA … [Read more...]

VPA General Staff pays tribute to people

PANO - A mission of the General Staff under the Vietnam People's Army (VPA), headed by its Deputy Chief Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, visited its former establishment in Dinh Hoa district, Thai Nguyen province, on July 15th. The mission included Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Commander of Military Zone 1, the district's representatives and over 200 outstanding troops from the unit. Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan (C) handed over gifts to local policy beneficiaries. The visit is a practical activity of the General Staff's youths towards the 70th year of the General Staff's foundation day (September 7th 1945) and 68th year of War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27th 1947). It aims to educate the unit's historic traditions and the people's moral standards for its troops, contributing to encouraging them to successfully fulfill all assigned missions. During the event, delegates laid wreaths to pay tribute to war martyrs at the Dinh Hoa district's War Martyrs Cemetery, visited and … [Read more...]

A young Vietnamese generation with robust physical, mental growth

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Editor’s note:Tran Vinh, a retired teacher from Tay Ninh Province, expresses his heartfelt hopes that the country’s young generation would boast a good build, as well as excellent mental capacity, by 2035, as he wrote to the "Ky Vong Viet Nam 20 Nam Toi" ("My Expectations for Vietnam in 20 Years") writing contest. I’m a retired teacher in my 60s. Twenty years from now, I will be in my 80s. I’m not sure whether I’ll still be alive by then to enjoy my old age with my children and grandchildren, and witness many expectations for Vietnam ring true. However, as a Vietnamese citizen and the "engineer of the soul," I think I can cherish expectations and dreams for my own country. As a teacher who devoted his entire working life to my students, I’ve pinned my hopes on students, who are of course humans. Humans, who are the master of life and society, play a decisive role in making or breaking what happens in society. So how will Vietnamese people and … [Read more...]

Vietnam Summer Camp underway in Hanoi

Vietnamese youth abroad appreciate the opportunity to take part in the 2015 Vietnam Summer Camp and will promote their homeland overseas, shared a Vietnamese Belarusian during the camp’s official launch at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi on July 16. Delivering a speech to more than 160 young Vietnamese expatriates living in 21 countries worldwide at the opening ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam stated the Party and Government consider overseas Vietnamese an integral part of the nation, saying the country has implemented a range of policies to support the community, especially the younger generation. He wished the Vietnamese youth abroad would learn about the late President Ho Chi Minh to enhance their patriotic deeds and solidarity. Nguyen Long Hai, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, expressed his hope that the youth would further their community-building roles and maintain traditional values overseas despite the geographic … [Read more...]

Celebrating the 65th founding anniversary of youth volunteer force

State President Truong Tan Sang makes a speech at the ceremony

The Hanoitimes - A ceremony to mark the 65th founding anniversary of the Vietnam youth volunteer force and present the Hero of People’s Armed Forces title to Youth Volunteer Team 36 was held in Hanoi on July 15. President Truong Tan Sang, representatives of ministries, departments, and youth volunteers from 63 provinces and cities across the country attended the ceremony. The Vietnam youth volunteer force was formed by late President Ho Chi Minh 65 years ago. The force has overcome numerous difficulties to complete its tasks, coordinating with the people and army in victories to lead to the success of the revolution and national reunification. Addressing the event, President Truong Tan Sang highlighted the contributions of Youth Volunteer Team 36 members who faced hardships and danger, made sacrifices and managed to complete the important task of protecting President Ho Chi Minh, the Party Central Committee, the Government and central agencies in the Viet Bac safety zone … [Read more...]

Youth Volunteer Force receives award to mark heroic service

President Truong Tan Sang pins the title "Hero of the People's Armed Forces" on the traditional flag of the Youth Volunteer Team 36 at a ceremony yesterday to mark the 65th anniversary of the Viet Nam Youth Volunteer Force. —VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang attended a ceremony yesterday to mark the 65th anniversary of the Viet Nam Youth Volunteer Force. The President said that since it was formed by late President Ho Chi Minh 65 years ago, the force had overcome numerous difficulties to fulfil its tasks, joining hands with the people and army in victories that led to the success of the revolution and national reunification. The Party, State and people remember the great sacrifice and devotion that former youth volunteers made during the struggles, he said. At the ceremony, President Sang also presented the Hero of People's Armed Forces title to Youth Volunteer Team 36, which was directly involved in protecting leaders and the Government during wartime - and took part in the fighting. He highlighted the contributions of Youth Volunteer Team 36 members who faced hardships and danger, made sacrifices and protected President Ho Chi Minh, the Party Central Committee, the Government and central … [Read more...]

Youth volunteer force celebrates 65th founding anniversary

President Truong Tan Sang (L) meets former youth volunteer (Photo: VNA) President Truong Tan Sang attended a ceremony on July 15 to mark the 65th founding anniversary of the Vietnam youth volunteer force and presented the Hero of People’s Armed Forces title to Youth Volunteer Team 36. The President said that since it was formed by late President Ho Chi Minh 65 years ago, the force has overcome numerous difficulties to fulfil its tasks, joining hands with the people and army in victories that led to the success of the revolution and national reunification. The Party, State and people always remember the great sacrifice and devotion that former youth volunteers made during the struggles for national liberation, he stated. He highlighted the contributions of Youth Volunteer Team 36 members who faced hardships and danger, made sacrifices and managed to complete the important task of protecting President Ho Chi Minh, the Party Central Committee, the Government and central … [Read more...]

Wartime youth volunteers honoured

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President Truong Tan Sang presented the 'Hero of People's Armed Forces' title to the Young Volunteers Team 36. (Photo: VNA) NDO - A ceremony to celebrate the 65th founding anniversary of the Wartime Youth Volunteers Force (July 15, 1950-2015) was held in Hanoi on July 15 in the presence of State President Truong Tan Sang. The ceremony was held jointly by the Vietnam Wartime Youth Volunteers’ Association Central Committee and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee. Speaking at the ceremony, President Truong Tan Sang spoke highly of the sacrifices and contributions of youth volunteers to national defence and construction. Since it was formed by late President Ho Chi Minh 65 years ago, the Volunteer Youth Force has promoted revolutionary heroism, overcome all difficulties and hardships to successfully complete assigned task, and greatly contributed to the victory of the resistance war for national salvation and national reunification, the President noted. … [Read more...]