Greetings for 2015, which will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Independence, and the 40th Anniversary of the Reunification, of Viet Nam
TRUONG TRIEU DUONG
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
670 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila
Your Excellency :
As we enter the year 2015, we are reminded of the special significance of this year as the 70th Anniversary of the Victory over Japanese Militarism and of the Declaration of Independence of Viet Nam ; as well as the 40th Anniversary of the Liberation of South Viet Nam from U.S. Occupation and of the subsequent Reunification of Viet Nam.
Through your most esteemed embassy, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) would therefore like to send best wishes of the New Year, and early felicitations on these important anniversaries, to the Communist Party of Viet Nam, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and the whole revolutionary people of Viet Nam.
Viet Nam’s struggle against Japanese occupation during World War II greatly helped to bring about the end of Japanese militarism in 1945. The Declaration of Viet Nam’s Independence at Ba Dinh Square on September 2, 1945, forged the iron will of the people of Viet Nam to resist the return of the French colonialists, leading to the great Victory at Dien Bien Phu in May 1954 which inspired many national liberation revolutions throughout the world.
Viet Nam’s heroic and lengthy struggle against US intervention, aggression and occupation is a great saga in mankind’s history, and Viet Nam became an international clarion call for worldwide protests to denounce the barbarism of US imperialism --- the carpet-bombing of civilian centers and infrastructures in the north, genocidal attacks on villages and the herding of people into “re-concentration camps” in the south, and the use of napalm, defoliants and other chemical weapons, particularly “Agent Orange” with its horrific consequences.
While successive Philippine administrations at that time supported the USA’s genocidal war in Viet Nam, progressive peoples in our country joined the worldwide protests against the genocidal US war on Viet Nam. Our Party and its mass organizations are proud of the role they played in mobilizing actions of solidarity with Viet Nam, until the unfortunate declaration of martial law in our country in 1972.
It was during martial law in our country when the “Ho Chi Minh Campaign” finally liberated Saigon and the whole of South Viet Nam in April 1975, leading to the reunification of the whole of Viet Nam that same year. That liberation was a stunning blow on the US occupiers and their puppets, and led to changes in policy toward Viet Nam in many countries, including the Philippines which soon recognized the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. In a way, Viet Nam’s victory over US aggression and occupation also enhanced the stature of the whole socialist community of nations.
Despite the very serious effects of the long years of US aggression and occupation, Viet Nam rendered selfless internationalist assistance to the tormented people of Kampuchea (Cambodia), quickly crushing the maoist Khmer Rouge attack on Viet Nam’s southwestern border, and leading on to the victory of the patriotic forces of Cambodia on January 7, 1979. The 36th Anniversary of that victory will be marked in just a few days from now, and the world will always remember and be grateful for Viet Nam’s major role in the salvation of the Cambodian people from maoist genocide. We pay homage to the Vietnamese internationalist forces which helped to save the lives of millions of Cambodians from the genocidal Pol Pot regime and their maoist hegemonist backers. And we salute the firm rebuff that Viet Nam gave to the hegemonist attack on Viet Nam’s northern borders, which taught the hegemonists a bitter “lesson” that Viet Nam will always defeat foreign aggressors.
Finally, we take this occasion to assure you that our Party and its mass organizations, which firmly stood in solidarity with Viet Nam during the long years of Viet Nam’s struggle against imperialism and hegemonism, today remain Viet Nam’s loyal friends in the Philippines.
ANTONIO E. PARIS
General Secretary, PKP-1930