Ho Chi Minh’s great contributions remembered

A series of activities were held abroad on May 19 to celebrate the 120 th birth anniversary of Vietnam ’s beloved President Ho Chi Minh.
A series of activities were held abroad on May 19 to celebrate the 120 th birth anniversary of Vietnam ’s beloved President Ho Chi Minh.

In China , an exhibition was held in Wen Miao-Guozijian, Beijing , displaying 200 photos, objects and articles featuring President Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary activities in China .

The exhibition, inaugurated by Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan during her working visit to China , was jointly organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnamese Embassy in China and the Chinese Culture Ministry.

Present at the function, Chinese Deputy Culture Minister Zhao Shaohua stressed that the eminent leader of the Vietnamese people was also the best friend of the Chinese people.

“The images on display telling President Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary activities in China are very valuable, reflecting truthfully the development process of the China-Vietnam relations,” Zhao said.

He hoped the exhibition will contribute to further strengthening cultural exchange and comprehensive cooperation and ushering in a new chapter in the friendship and neighbourliness between the two countries in the future.

A grand ceremony to mark President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday was held in Laos in the presence of General Secretary of the Laos People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President Choummaly Sayasone.

Addressing the event, Vice State President Bounnhang Volachit highlighted President Ho Chi Minh’s great contributions to the revolution for national liberation of the three Indochinese countries in general and Laos in particular.

He stressed that the unique traditional friendship and special solidarity between Laos and Vietnam , fostered by President Ho Chi Minh and LPRP General Secretary Kaysone Phomvihane, has become a priceless asset of both Lao and Vietnamese nations.

“The ties have a power that cannot be broken by any enemies,” Volachit emphasised, noting that Laos will do its utmost together with Vietnam to preserve and foster that ties forever.

In Cambodia , the Vietnamese Association hosted a celebration, which was attended by Vietnamese Ambassador Ngo Anh Dung.

During the event, 11 collectives, individuals and businesses of Vietnamese people residing in Cambodia were presented with certificates of merit of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry and the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs.

Coinciding with President Ho Chi Minh’s 120 th birthday, a talks entitled “President Ho Chi Minh, a fighter for national liberation and for peace” was co-organised in Paris by the Vietnam Culture Centre in France, the France-Vietnam Friendship Association and the Vietnamese Association in France .

In his lengthy presentation summing up President Ho Chi Minh’s national salvation cause, historian Alain Russio concluded “Ho Chi Minh is an exceptional figure of history, an exceptional communist and a politician with noble sense of internationalisation.”

The talks heard memories about President Ho Chi Minh told by Raymond Aubrac who used to host President Ho Chi Minh during his visit to France in 1946 and Raymonde Dien, who lied on the railway to stop a train transporting weaponry to Vietnam in February, 1950.

In London, the UK, Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Quang Hoan, representatives of the Vietnamese community, and British friends of Vietnam laid a wreath in tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at New Zealand House in the heart of London, which used to be the Calerton Hotel, where President Ho Chi Minh worked for a living when he came to the city in the first years of the 20 th century.

Reviewing the President’s immense services to the nation, Ambassador Hoan called on the entire staff of Vietnamese representative offices, overseas Vietnamese and students in the UK to follow the moral example of President Ho Chi Minh and make the homeland more prosperous as he wished.

Earlier on May 18, the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada held celebrations of the beloved President’s birthday in Ottawa and Toronto .

At the function in Ottawa , which saw the attendance of Senator Bryon Wilfert and a large number of Canadian scholars and professors, Ambassador Le Sy Vuong affirmed that the life and revolutionary cause of President Ho Chi Minh will forever be a bright example for Vietnamese younger generations to follow.

On the occasion, a book “Ho Chi Minh – the heart and talent of a patriot” by Dr. Nguyen Dai Trang, an overseas Vietnamese professor in Toronto university, made its first appearance.

The book, published in both Vietnamese and English, was complied from various sources of materials in Vietnam and Trang’s own research over the past 15 years./.

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