The Vietnamese delegation was led by Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretary of the CPV Central Committee, Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council and Director of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. The Japanese side was headed by Tanaka Yu, member of the Standing Executive Committee and Deputy Head of the JCP Central Committee’s Secretariat.
In his opening remarks, Thang said the eighth theoretical exchange workshop between the two parties takes place at a time when the Communists and Marxists around the world are celebrating Karl Marx’s 200th birthday and the 170th anniversary of the first publication of the Communist Manifesto.
The workshop is an opportunity for the two sides to review the vitality of Marxism and share the outcomes of researches on Marxist theory and practice, thus having a better insight into the value of Marxist philosophy, he noted, adding that this would inspire the two parties to remain consistent for the ideology they pursue and the path towards socialism in the 21st century.
Thang further said that what Vietnam’s achievements over the three decades of “Doi Moi” (reform) have resulted from the CPV’s Marxism-based leadership which was also a decisive factor for all victories of the country’s revolution. The exercise of Marxism and Ho Chi Minh’s thought was a prerequisite for the success of socialism building in Vietnam, he stressed.
Yu, for his part, stressed that Marxism is the guideline for the JCP on its path to push for reform. He spoke highly of Vietnam’s victories in the past national struggle for independence as well as the country’s current reform policy and international integration.
Earlier the same day, Thang hosted a reception for Yu during which the two officials highly valued the development of relations between the two parties in recent years, particularly in theoretical exchange.
They agreed to further enhance collaboration and exchange activities between the CPV and JCP in order to promote Vietnam-Japan ties for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world as well.