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...]

Venezuelan TV screens film on Vietnam today

Venezuelan TV channel Telesur screened the documentary film "Journey to a country that no longer exists" by Cuban director Isabel Santos on May 4 on the occasion of the liberation of South Vietnam (April 30) four decades ago. Co-director Isabel Santos and filmmaker Ivan Napoles worked to portray the drastic changes in Vietnam after Napoles return forty years later to the land which in his memory had suffered from significant pain and loss from the war. Ivan Napoles and Cuban co-director Santiago Alvarez travelled to Vietnam a number of times in the 1960s and 1970s to film war-torn Vietnam and the late President Ho Chi Minh. His latest trip, however, revealed a country with strong economic development and happy people. The film also reflects the special sentiment of 79-year-old Napoles and other Cuban people towards Vietnam, especially of those who witnessed the losses and sacrifice the country suffered during wartime. Standing in front of President Ho Chi Minh’s … [Read more...]

Quang Ngai opens photography camp

Quang Ngai province’s Association of Literature and Arts and the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) opened a photography camp in the central city on May 5. The camp drew the participation of around 50 photographers and members of the provincial Association of Literature and Arts and tasked them with composing pictures showcasing the beauty of the nation’s sea and islands. The artists will also take part in a training workshop and field trips to the province’s Ly Son Island and mountainous areas during the eight-day camp. Some 100 outstanding photographs will be selected for display in the Ba To Park in the city on May 12, marking the 125th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19). VAPA’s President, Vu Quoc Khanh said the camp aims to capture beautiful pictures of the people, sea and islands of the province, promoting local pride and raising awareness about Vietnam’s sovereignty in the region. … [Read more...]

Press digest – May 4

Party Central Committee convenes 11th meeting The 11th meeting of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee (11th tenure) was opened todiscuss directions for the personnel of the 12th tenure of the Central Committee, the number and assignment of delegates to attend the 12th National Party Congress, a local authority model, and the Long Thanh International Airport plan. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong highlighted the activities to celebrate the 40thanniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification (April 30, 1975-2015), which has signified the pride of the Party, late President Ho Chi Minh and the heroic Vietnamese nation. VN, Bosnia-Herzegovina strengthen relations Viet Nam appreciates its traditional ties and comprehensive cooperation with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Tuan said while presenting his credentials to the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Chairman of the BiH Presidency Mladen … [Read more...]

President to attend Russia’s Victory anniversary

President to attend Russia’s Victory anniversary President Truong Tan Sang will attend celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in Russia from May 7-10 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He then will pay a State visit to the Czech Republic from May 10-13 as guest of Czech President Milos Zeman. Later, President Truong Tan Sang will travel to Azerbaijan for an official visit from May 13-15 at the invitation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Party Central Committee convened 11th meeting The 11th meeting of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee (11th tenure) was opened in Ha Noi on May 4. Delegates at the meeting will discuss directions for the personnel of the 12th tenure of the Central Committee, the number and assignment of delegates to attend the 12th National Party Congress, a local authority model, and the Long Thanh International Airport plan. They will give comments on the political report of … [Read more...]

Party Central Committee convened 11th meeting

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VGP - The 11th meeting of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee (11th tenure) was opened in Ha Noi on May 4. Delegates at the meeting will discuss directions for the personnel of the 12th tenure of the Central Committee, the number and assignment of delegates to attend the 12th National Party Congress, a local authority model, and the Long Thanh International Airport plan. They will give comments on the political report of the 10th Party Central Committee. Speaking at the meeting, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong highlighted the activities to celebrate the 40thanniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification (April 30, 1975-2015), which has signified the pride of the Party, late President Ho Chi Minh and the heroic Vietnamese nation. He proposed each Party Central Committee member to bring into full play their responsibilities to fulfill their assigned tasks as well as make concise contributions to the success of the meeting. By Thuy … [Read more...]

Government News 4/5

President to attend Russia’s Victory anniversary President Truong Tan Sang will attend celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in Russia from May 7-10 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He then will pay a State visit to the Czech Republic from May 10-13 as guest of Czech President Milos Zeman. Later, President Truong Tan Sang will travel to Azerbaijan for an official visit from May 13-15 at the invitation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.- Ambassador presents credentials to EC President Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and head of the Vietnamese delegation to the European Union (EU) Vuong Thua Phong has presented his credentials to President of the European Council (EC) Donald Tusk. Phong expressed appreciation for the EU’s role as the second largest trade partner and the biggest export market of Vietnam. The EU is also Vietnam’s leading development and investment partner as well as the biggest … [Read more...]

Hanoi fireworks celebrate national reunification day

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Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) Tens of thousands of Hanoians and foreign visitors flocked to the capital’s downtown to admire a 15-minute firework display on April 30. The low and high-range fireworks were let off at six sites in the city to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the South Vietnam and National Reunification Day and the 129th May Day. The streets were overflowing with national flags and placards bearing slogans and pictures praising the historic victory of 1975. The same day, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City held a special art performance in celebration of liberation day. Present at the event were former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, and other senior officials from the ministries, sectors and localities. High-ranking delegations from Laos, Cambodia, Cuba and other international organisations in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam also took … [Read more...]

Reunification Day celebrated in Venezuela and Mozambique

The Vietnamese Embassy in Venezuela on April 30 laid a wreath of flowers in homage to late President Ho Chi Minh in the capital city of Caracas to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam and National Reunification. The Embassy, in collaboration with the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry and the Vietnam-Venezuela Friendship Association, also held a workshop themed "The Vietnamese people’s war and the failure of American imperialism". Addressing the event, Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Xoan Noya hailed the great historical significance of the 1975 victory, both to Vietnam and the world. For his part, Vietnamese Ambassador to Venezuela Ngo Tien Dung recalled the historical victory 40 years ago, highlighting the support of international friends to the Vietnamese people in the struggle, including those from Venezuela. Also on the occasion, the Ambassador presented Spanish-language books written by late President Ho Chi Minh and late General Vo Nguyen Giap … [Read more...]

Reunification Day marked in Venezuala, Mozambique

A workshop on the Vietnamese people’s war and the failure of American imperialism was also held during which Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Xoan Noya applauded the great historical significance of the 1975 victory. (VOV) - On April 30, the Vietnam Embassy in Venezuela laid wreaths in commemoration of late President Ho Chi Minh in Caracas to mark 40 years of southern liberation and national reunification. Vietnamese Ambassador to Venezuela Ngo Tien Dung recalled the historical victory 40 years ago, praising the international support for the Vietnamese people in the past struggles. Also on the occasion, the Ambassador presented Spanish-language books written by late President Ho Chi Minh and late General Vo Nguyen Giap to Venezuelan partners. On April 29, Vietnamese expatriates in Mozambique gathered at a ceremony hosted by the Vietnamese Embassy in the capital city of Maputo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of National Reunification. Vietnam Ambassador to Mozambique … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese bring expertise back to homeland

(VOV) - The lives and fortunes of millions of Vietnamese changed when they fled their homeland and emigrated from Vietnam following the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war 40 years ago this month. By the tens of thousands they immigrated to the United States, which had more than 1.5 million citizens of Vietnamese origin in a 2010 census. Others resettled in Australia, Canada, Britain and France. Now, many former refugees and their offspring are reaping the gains of Vietnam's transition to an open market economy and middle-class growth, tapping a young consumer population that's wholeheartedly embracing Western culture. One of the most notable is David Duong the founder of Oakland California based Waste Solutions, one of the most successful Vietnamese businessmen in the US. Duong, whose father owned the largest recycling company and paper mill in South Vietnam, was born into wealth and lived in a seven-story mansion in Saigon. Following the fall of Saigon, David, then 15 … [Read more...]

Tourists pour in Mekong Delta during public holidays

Cai Rang floating market (Photo: KK)

Thousands of visitors came to the President Ho Chi Minh Temple in the Mekong Delta Province of Tra Vinh on April 30, according to the management board. The temple was built in 1970 by Tra Vinh’s people. The construction is dedicated to the late President Ho Chi Minh where visitors can express their admiration and gratitude to Uncle Ho. This is also the place where Tra Vinh residents hold anniversary celebrations of Uncle Ho’s death. The historical site of the temple includes an Uncle Ho stilt-house which is similar to the original design in Hanoi. Ecological tourist areas along Tien and Co Chien rivers, such as Con Phung (Phung islet), Con Thoi Son (Thoi Son islet) Ben Tre Province ; My Tho Tourist pier, Vinh Trang pagoda, Dong Tam Snake Farm, Tan Thanh Beach in Tien Giang Province saw a large number of around 5,000 holiday-makers. The number of tourist to Can Tho City, Ca Mau and Bac Lieu provinces is 5-7 times higher than normal day. Meanwhile, hotel rooms in Da … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 1/5

Ha Long carnival about to start The 2015 Ha Long Carnival is set to open in the city, in northern Quang Ninh province, on May 8. This year’s carnival, featuring 2,700 amateur and professional artists, will include an opening ceremony, fireworks and art performances on stage, and dynamic live street performances by both locals and foreign performers from Thailand and Taiwan (China). A series of art and sports events will also be organised as part of the festival, such as circus performances, beach volleyball tournaments, bike racing and badminton matches alongside a photo exhibition titled "Quang Ninh – My Beloved Land". Last year’s event cost the province about 12 billion VND (555,840 USD).- Vietnam int’l choir contest launched in Hoi An The 4th Vietnam International Choir Competition was officially opened on April 29 in the city of Hoi An, central Quang Nam province. The competition, co-organised by Hoi An’s authorities and the German Interkultur … [Read more...]

International media hails Vietnam’s 1975 victory

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Argentinean and Venezuelan media on April 29 gave broad coverage to the 40th anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam and national reunification, which fell on April 30. Argentina’s Telam News Agency ran five articles about Vietnam, hailing the 1975 victory and the roles played by late President Ho Chi Minh and late General Vo Nguyen Giap. It also published an article written by Vietnamese Ambassador to Argentina Nguyen Dinh Thao acknowledging the significant support and assistance peace-lovers from around the world, including in Argentina, offered Vietnam during its struggle for national independence. A wide range of activities are being held across Vietnam to mark the milestone, including marches and parades in front of Dinh Thong Nhat (Reunification Palace) in Ho Chi Minh City. These were also highlighted in the overseas coverage. The same day, Argentina’s Latin America News Review summarised Vietnam’s two wars of resistance against French and US … [Read more...]

Laos military hails Vietnam’s 1975 victory

A commemorative meeting was held by the Lao Ministry of National Defence on April 30 in the country’s capital, Vientiane, to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam’s Southern Liberation and National Reunification. The event was attended by Deputy Defence Minister, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Chansamon Channhalat, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos, Nguyen Manh Hung, and representatives from the Vietnamese overseas and business community in Laos. During the event, the General discussed the historic victory, describing it as an event that shook the world. He said that it is not only a milestone in the history of Vietnam, as the triumph inspired the revolutions of the Lao and Cambodian people and was supported by peace-lovers around the world. He hailed the sound leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the late President Ho Chi Minh and the solidarity of the Vietnamese people for their role in the 1975 victory. The Party, the State and the people of Laos pledge to continue their … [Read more...]

Grand ceremony marks 40 years since South’s liberation

The parade by the army, police and people showcases the nation’s united aspirations for peace and prosperity (Photo: VNA) The 40th anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam and national reunification was marked with a grand ceremony at Thong Nhat (Reunification) Square in Ho Chi Minh City on April 30. Leaders officiating the event included Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan, and former Party and State officials. The commemoration was also attended by Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An, and Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera. Representatives of Vietnamese heroic mothers of war heroes were in attendance, joining veterans who participated in the general offensive and uprising in the South in … [Read more...]

Government News 30/4

President pays respect to nation-founding Hung Kings President Truong Tan Sang attended a ceremony commemorating the death anniversary of the Hung Kings, the legendary founders of Vietnam, in the northern midland province of Phu Tho on April 28 (the 10th day of the third lunar month). The ceremony is the highlight of the 2015 Hung Kings Temple Festival from April 23-28. Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and People’s Committee, Chu Ngoc Anh, delivered an eulogy praising the kings for founding and protecting the nation, both in peace and wartime. He said the celebration reflects the great unity and patriotism of all groups in the Vietnamese community, adding that the nation always aspires to international peace and solidarity. President Sang, Party and State leaders, local officials and people offered incenses, flowers and fruits to national founders at the temple. The President and delegates also took the occasion to lay a wreath at the tombs of the Hung Kings … [Read more...]

VN to mark national reunification tomorrow

VGP – A grand ceremony will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on April 30 to mark the 40th anniversary of South Viet Nam’s liberation and national reunification. The great victory of the resistance war against the US aggressors constitutes "the triumph of Viet Nam’s military arts and guidelines under the Party’s sound and creative leadership", General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong has asserted in his recent article. It was a great fruit reaped by Vietnamese people, demonstrating the outstanding power of their revolutionary heroism, virtue, and intellect under the late President Ho Chi Minh’s leadership, he said. Forty years ago, the general offensive in the spring of 1975—with the historic Ho Chi Minh Campaign as its pinnacle—ended successfully, leading to the ultimate victory of the resistance war against the US aggressors and the final reunification of the country. The resounding triumph created a turning … [Read more...]