April 15


President Ho Chi Minh assigned 20 soldiers to escort two radio officers of the US Office of Strategic Services, Frank Tan and Mc Shin, who returned to Vietnam from China’s Kunming Province to maintain communications between the Viet Minh (League for the Independence of Vietnam) and the Allied forces headquarters during World War II.


The President held a meeting with a National Assembly delegation led by Minister Pham Van Dong which was going to France.

He heard a report on a trip to Chongqing, China, by Government counselor Vinh Thuy.

Meeting a Government delegation led by Foreign Minister Nguyen Tuong Tam, which was about to go to Da Lat for a preparatory conference with the French, the President said, “We should base [talks] on the Preliminary Accord with the French and sincerely cooperate with them." 

President Ho Chi Minh said, “Our National Assembly is the first democratic [one] in Southeast Asia and the first in any French colony that has gained independence.”


“The truth is generally unpalatable”, he wrote.

“An organization or a government that hides the shortcomings of its staff is a weak, backward one. On the contrary, if an organization or a government courageously points out its members’ mistakes and suggests ways to rectify them, its reputation will not only be left undamaged but it also be enhanced.

“If a cadre fails to admit his mistake, is afraid of criticism from his colleagues and the public, and takes no measures to correct his mistakes, that cadre does not deserve to be one.

“Criticism should be made from top to bottom and vice versa. Mutual criticism is not enough, but it is needed to encourage the public to voice its criticism. Criticism offered that way will be perfect.”


In a story titled “Response of Vietnamese students in the UK to the general mobilization order” published on Su That (The Truth) newspaper, the President praised 14 Vietnamese students in London who expressed their willingness to return home and join the army to serve the nation’s resistance war.

In a telegraph, they wrote: “Although we are living far from the fatherland, our mind is always on it and we are always willing to carry out the government’s instructions.’


Construction of a stilt-house began in the Presidential Office. The work was complete a month later, exactly on the President’s birthday. The stilt-house has since become a cherished relic. 


Addressing the closing session of the first National Assembly, President Ho Chi Minh said: “Our National Assembly is the first democratic national assembly in Southeast Asia and the first in any French colony that has gained independence.

“Our National Assembly has wholeheartedly served the country and people and gloriously fulfilled the duty of representing the people.”


President Ho Chi Minh and the Politburo heard a report by General Vo Nguyen Giap on war developments in Southern Vietnam. 

By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers
*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Vinh Quang

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