February 23

French police detectives reported that Nguyen Ai Quoc, aka Ho Chi Minh, met a Vietnamese soldier going to France, who promised to Uncle Ho he would publish a newspaper in Vietnamese for Vietnamese soldiers living in France.


President Ho Chi Minh calls on farmers in Bac Can Province during the harvest season in 1950

At the time of the French-Chinese talks to replace Chinese troops at the 18th parallel with French troops, Uncle Ho said: “Vietnamese people have a very normal desire for independence. Many people agree with our [fight for] independence because when asked about [it], I asked them back: ‘You are French… Do you want to be independent and free?’
“I told them we have fought until now just like the French people. Freedom, equality, and humanity have made France a progressive nation, and we want to fight for them too. When there are negotiations, the [Vietnamese] Government will hold them publicly and not secretively.
Cuu Quoc (National Liberation) newspaper published an article titled “Canh gia huu ky dien” written by Ho Chi Minh using the pseudonym C.B.
He said the title means: “Farmers have land, land belongs to farmers, so it will be returned to them.
“Farmers getting land is a democratic policy, it is neither communism nor socialism.”
At a conference with Son Tay Province authorities, he said, “Communes make the country. Our country is strong thanks to the consensus and close solidarity between authorities and people."
"[If] the Party wants to be strong, its cells have to be firm. [If] a cell wants to be strong, its members have to have revolutionary morality and properly implement the policies of the Party and the Government, and be close to the public,” he added.
Uncle Ho visited Lang Son Province where he told residents and authorities about the 10 tasks to boost development of a border province and implementation of the Government’s policies on national and Vietnam-China solidarity.
He participated in a Politburo meeting to discuss the international situation.
He said it is important to admonish diplomatic officials not to be greedy while working abroad.
As for the revolution in the South, he said it is essential to master the various aspects of the war, court the support of China and the Soviet Union, care for people living in the highlands, and be patient.
On the same day, at a conference to review security activities, he said, “If you [guards] want to guard well, you must use technology, be discreet, and be nice to people.”
By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers
*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Minh Anh

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