Dien Bien Phu Victory remains source of encouragement for national development: Deputy Minister

Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Minister of National Defense Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Tan Cuong has granted an interview to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory (May 7, 1954-2024).
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Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Tan Cuong. (Photo: VNA)

How do you evaluate the stature, significance, and lessons learned from Dien Bien Phu Victory in connection with the national construction and development nowadays?

Seventy years ago, our army and people won the resounding Dien Bien Phu Campaign, a decisive victory contributing to ending the national resistance war against the French colonists. The victory has gone down in national history as a Bach Dang, Chi Lang, or Dong Da battle in the 20th century, and the world’s history as a prominent feat that smashed the stronghold of the colonial system of imperialism and encouraged the struggle for independence and freedom of colonized nations in the world. It is the victory of the strength of “the whole nation fighting the enemy” under the smart and clear-sighted leadership of the Party headed by President Ho Chi Minh. The victory has become a symbol of revolutionary heroism, and the country’s wisdom, mettle, and indomitable will for national independence and freedom.

Seven decades have passed but the stature, meaning, and lessons learned from the great victory remain valid today, being a source of great encouragement for the entire nation in the current national construction and development. They are the lessons on resistance strategy; how to mobilize the strength of the great national unity and international solidarity; building political and armed forces; military art and science; political-ideological, consultation, logistics, and communications work; coordination between agencies and units, between the rear and the battlefield, and between liberated and temporarily occupied areas, among others.

How the Ministry of Defence is preparing for the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu's victory?

Towards the 70th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory, under the instruction of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat and the central steering committee for celebrating major anniversaries in 2023-2025, the Ministry of Defence has joined hands with Dien Bien province and competent ministries and sectors to urgently implement assigned missions.

First, we worked closely with the Ministry of Public Security and Dien Bien province to hold training for a grand military parade to mark the anniversary.

Second, we have directed the acceleration of communications activities, patriotic emulation campaigns as well as cultural and sport contests within the military.

Third, we have directed the organization of political events, talks, and scientific conferences on the victory. Particularly, under the direction of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, the ministry coordinated with the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, and Dien Bien province to hold a national scientific conference on the Dien Bien Phu victory’s significance to the cause of construction and protection of the socialist Vietnamese state in Dien Bien Phu city on April 11.

Fourth, the ministry has carried out various mass mobilization and social activities. The ministry helped with the construction of the Dien Bien primary and junior high school in Thanh Xuong commune, Dien Bien district, and supported the building of 300 houses worth more than 100 billion VND (3.99 million USD) in the locality. We also worked with the Vietnam Veterans’ Association to organize a meeting in Hanoi between Party and State leaders and representatives of war veterans and former youth volunteers who engaged in the resistance war against the French colonists. The ministry has also coordinated with the Ministry of Public Security to ensure security and safety for all commemorative activities.

I do believe with the collective responsibility of the whole Party, people, and military, we will successfully organize the commemorative activities.

What are the messages that the Ministry of National Defence wants to popularise through this meaningful celebration?

The grand celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory is an opportunity for the whole Party, armed forces, and people to look back at the nation's noble tradition during the revolutionary struggle against invaders for national independence and reunification. What led us to victory in the Revolutionary Resistance War will certainly lead us to success during the national construction and development during peacetime. The first and most important message that the ministry wants to deliver through the celebration is that we should have a firm belief in the revolutionary strategy and guidelines for national construction and development under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and in the strength of the Vietnamese people.

Second, we should always uphold patriotism and great national solidarity as President Ho Chi Minh once said “Unity, Unity, Great Unity – Success, Success, Great Success”.

Third, we should keep up high determination and aspiration for national independence inseparable from socialism, and have strong confidence in the Vietnamese people’s mettle, wisdom, and military art for a powerful, prosperous, and happy Vietnam.

Fourth, we should uphold the lofty international spirit, and combine the intrinsic strength of the nation with that of the era to build, develop, and safeguard the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Thank you very much!

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(Source: VNA)