Diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" gains interest from Russian scholars: Vietnam Day in Russia

WVR/VNA - Diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" drew attention of Russian researchers on Vietnamese studies at a conference held by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on May 22. 2024.
Diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" gains interest from Russian scholars
Diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" gains interest from Russian scholars: Russian student sings in Vietnamese in the Vietnam Day performance. (Photo: WVR)

On May 22, the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia in collaboration with MGIMO organized the 9th Vietnam Day at MGIMO, opening the Vietnamese Language Festival 2024 in the Russian Federation and announced the Contest "I love Vietnam". The program is implemented by the ASEAN Center, the Vietnamese Student Association at MGIMO with the support of the Fund to promote the development of Russia-Vietnam cooperation "Tradition and friendship".

Attending the event were Former Vice President Truong My Hoa, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Dang Minh Khoi, and President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations Phan Anh Son.

On the Russian side were MGIMO Principal Anatoly Torkunov and the school's Board of Directors, along with about 700 guests who were representatives of agencies, diplomats of the two countries, famous Russian Vietnamese experts, lecturers and students of MGIMO and leading Russian Universities.

Opening of the Vietnam Day program is the photo exhibition "The 1954 Geneva Conference and its significance for contemporary Vietnam". Guests of Vietnam Day were introduced to precious photographic documents about the period of the Vietnamese people's struggle for independence.

Within the framework of the Vietnam Day program, the conference themed “Vietnam in a Multipolar World: Approaches, Challenges and Prospects”, discussed the concept of "diplomacy of Vietnamese bamboo tree" in Vietnam, new directions of the Vietnamese foreign policy, the country’s relations with strategic partners, its political and socio-economic development, as well as current aspects of Russian-Vietnamese cooperation. The event was aiming to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Principles of Friendly Relations between Vietnam and Russia

Diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" gains interest from Russian scholars
Diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" gains interest from Russian scholars: An overview of the conference themed “Vietnam in a Multipolar World: Approaches, Challenges and Prospects” in Moscow on May 22 (Photo: WVR)

Speaking at the conference, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Phan Anh Son briefed participants on the foreign policy that Vietnam is pursuing, which is independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, multilateralisation and diversification of foreign relations; to be a friend, a trustworthy partner and an active and responsible member of the international community; to stay steadfast in principles and goals while being flexible and smart in strategies; and to harmoniously combine the Party, state and people's external affairs.

Responding to scholars' questions about how Vietnam chooses to join international organisations, Son affirmed that following the above-mentioned principle, Vietnam will never join any organisation that hinders the development of other countries, but it has always helped others, including close neighbours, integrate into international organisations.

Talking to Vietnamese media, Deputy Director of the MGIMO’s ASEAN Centre Valeria Vershinina said that in just the last few years, Vietnam has upgraded its relations with several powers, especially the US, to the highest level of comprehensive strategic partnership. Meanwhile, Vietnam and Russia are still maintaining their highest-level relationship successfully.

This shows that diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" is multi-dimensional and aims to maintain the country's influence and pro-activeness despite ongoing conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region as well as others in the world, she added.

For his part, Vladimir Mazyrin, Director of the Vietnam - ASEAN Research Centre at the Russian Academy of Science, held that Vietnam's philosophy of diplomacy embued the nature of Vietnamese bamboo tree is new and more reasonable than other countries' in the same region.

Diplomacy is not only a work methodology for Vietnam's diplomatic sector but also a right political choice in the current context, and this policy reflects Vietnamese leaders' research efforts and creativity, he added.

The concept of "diplomany of Vietnamese bamboo tree", first mentioned by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the 29th Diplomatic Conference on August 22, 2016, has become known in Russia in the past few years and attracted growing attention.

Diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" gains interest from Russian scholars
Diplomacy of "Vietnamese bamboo tree" gains interest from Russian scholars: The photo exhibition on the Geneva Conference 1954. (Photo: WVR)

Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia Doan Khac Hoang expressed his belief that better understanding of Vietnam’s foreign policy will help future diplomats take the first steps properly and in a right direction to build up and develop relations between the two countries.

This year's Vietnam Day at MGIMO also opens the door for subsequent events about Vietnam at other Universities in Moscow, where the friendship between Vietnam and Russia among young generations is nurtured.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)