October 13

1923

Attending the seventh session of the International Farmers’ Conference, Nguyen Ai Quoc denounced imperialists’ brutal crimes suffered by farmers in colonies and concluded: “Your International will become a real one only when farmers, not only in the West but also in the East and particularly those in colonies who are suffering more suppression and exploitation than you, join your International.”

File photo of President Ho Chi Minh

1945

In the “Letter to Vietnamese entrepreneurs” published in Cuu Quoc (National Salvation) magazine, President Ho Chi Minh wrote: “The Businesspeople Corps for National Salvation is operating for the sake of the country and people. I applaud its activities and hope for good results… The Government, the people and I will wholeheartedly support its efforts. State affairs and individual affairs always go along with each other. The national economy’s prosperity means industrialists and traders’ prosperity.

Thus, I hope the Businesspeople Corps for National Salvation tries to encourage businesspeople to join the organization where they can contribute their capital to such businesses that benefit the country and people.”

It was his ideas about business people that paved the foundation for the Government in 2004 to select October 13 as Vietnam Entrepreneurs Day.

1949

In a letter to officials and soldiers of the Army of Independent North Africa, the President wrote: “Vietnamese, North African, and people in other French colonies have a firm solidarity and share a common ideal: shattering the French colonialist ruling and gaining independence… Vietnam’s victory means a momentum for you to achieve a victory in the future…”
 
Cuu Quoc published the President’s reply to questions of journalist A. Steele, in the American newspaper New York Herald Tribune, on various issues.

Regarding the establishment of an alliance between Asian countries, he said: “It is good for the establishment of any alliance or conjugation that help countries support each other or cooperate with each other to protect their independence, peace and democracy.”

As for internal policies, he said: “Social reforms being implemented by us is aimed at creating a life of easy circumstance and facilitating education for our people. We have succeeded in partly eliminating illiteracy, opium addiction, gambling and other unsound customs. We have also overcome starvation…”

He also said to the journalists: “I want to put a question to the American people: ‘If the French or anyone else were to invade the US to kill American people and to destroy US cities and villages, with the purpose of enslaving the US, then how would the American people cope with this?'" 

By Duong Trung Quoc* and his assistants 
The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Truc Thinh

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