Viet Nam News
QUẢNG TRỊ – A meeting to mark the 110th birth anniversary of late Party General Secretary Lê Duẩn was held in Đông Hà City in the central province of Quảng Trị yesterday.
Attending the ceremony were Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng, former Party General Secretary Nông Đức Mạnh, President Trần Đại Quang and former President Trương Tấn Sang, among others.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and other Party and State leaders sent flowers to the event.
Speaking at the meeting, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyễn Văn Hùng said that the event offered a chance to recall the life and career of the late Party chief who devoted nearly 60 years to the struggle for national liberation and national reunification of Việt Nam.
Lê Duẩn, real name Lê Văn Nhuận, was born on April 7, 1907 in Bích La Village, Triệu Đông Commune, Quảng Trị Province’s Triệu Phong District.
During his 60 years of revolutionary activities, including 26 years as the First Secretary and then General Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Lê Duẩn made important contributions to bringing Vietnamese revolutionary theory to a new height.
Following the late leader’s teachings, Quảng Trị authorities and people had made efforts to obtain outstanding socio-economic achievements, with the province’s economic growth rate of 7.4 per cent and annual per capita gross regional domestic product reaching VNĐ36 million (US$1,588).
Party building work had been improved, while the political system from the provincial to grassroots level had been consolidated, said Hung.
On behalf of young generations, Hoàng Trần Minh Anh from Lê Quý Đôn gifted High School vowed to improve morality and learning standards to contribute to the nation.
Earlier, Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng, along with a delegation of Party and State leaders and provincial authorities paid homage to late Party chief Lê Duẩn at his statue in Đông Hà City.
Lê Duẩn’s ideas remain beacon
President Trần Đại Quang has written an article to mark the 110th birth anniversary of Lê Duẩn, the late General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam on April 7, 1907.
In his article, President Quang described Duẩn as an outstanding leader of the Vietnamese Communist Party and people and a great disciple of the late President Hồ Chí Minh.
“He devoted his whole life to the cause of national liberation and defence,” said Quang.
In his near 60 years of revolutionary life, Duẩn was trained and tested in the revolutionary movement across Việt Nam.
Under the leadership of President Hồ Chí Minh, with his creative thinking and vision, Duẩn successfully applied and developed Maxism and Leninism to reality in Việt Nam.
His creative thinking and strategic vision were reflected in documents adopted at the 6th Party Central Conference in November 1939. That Party conference ushered in a new revolutionary strategy for the Vietnamese nation, aiming to topple the French imperialists and fight against foreign invaders to win national independence.
Though Duẩn was not able to attend the 2nd National Party Congress in February 1951, he sent his thoughts to the Congress focusing on the role of the proletarian class and the Communist Party, particularly the leadership role of the proletarian class in the Vietnamese Revolution; the role of farmers in the Vietnamese proletarian revolution; the people’s war; the economic policy; politics and administration.
Issues raised in Duẩn’s contribution had a great impact on the documents of the 2nd Party Congress, particularly the policy on the people’s war and the Party’s role in the resistance war against the French colonialists and against the US intervention, of which its peak was the historic victory of the Điện Biên Phủ Campaign in 1954.
In his article, President Quang praised Duẩn’s strategy of combining the political struggle with the armed struggle and the strong co-ordination between the mountainous region with the delta and the urban areas.
Duẩn’s strategy then became an important document for the Party Central Committee to write the 15th Resolution of the Party Central Committee. A key message of the resolution was to liberate the South from the rule of the imperialists.
That resolution was a reflection of the aspiration of the entire Vietnamese people, particularly people living in South Việt Nam to switch to the armed struggle to defend the revolution and to force the US imperialists and their henchmen to return to negotiations with the revolutionary force.
To liberate the South and unify the country was his mandate and Duẩn pledged to achieve the goal on behalf of the whole party, people and armed forces during the funeral of the late President Hồ Chí Minh in 1969 in Hà Nội. His creative thinking and clear sighted leadership was reflected during the Hồ Chí Minh Campaign in the 1975 spring offensive which led to the total liberation of South Việt Nam.
Following the liberation of South Việt Nam on April 30, 1975, Việt Nam was reunited and embarked on the course of building socialism in both the north and the south.
He said “The nation has entered a new historical period” and “the entire party and people unite as one to build our homeland into a nation of peace, unification, independence, democracy and prosperity and to make worthy contributions to the international revolution”.
During his life, Duẩn held high the national flag and was determined to follow the path of socialism.
He emphasised the principle of Party leadership, State management and the people as the masters.
He said socialist industrialisation must be the centrepiece of the transitional period of advancing toward socialism.
He called on the entire Party and people to be vigilant and on alert while consolidating national defence, maintaining political security and law and order.
Following more than 30 years of Đổi mới (Renewal), Việt Nam has recorded many big and historical achievements. What has been gained is proof that the Vietnamese Party’s Renewal policy is correct and a worthy successor of the precious lessons learned in the course of leading the country’s revolution by various generations.
President Quang concluded that the creative ideology and strategic vision of the late Party General Secretary Lê Duẩn would remain valid for all time. It would serve as a beacon for Vietnamese people in implementing the Party’s Renewal policy in the new period of the revolution._VNS