President Ho Chi Minh made courtesy calls on the central committees of the Popular Republican Party and the Socialist Party of France. He also visited the headquarters of the Communist Party of France in Paris, where he met Maurice Thorez, France’s vice premier, and Jacques Duclos, vice chairman of the National Assembly.
President Ho Chi Minh oversees the Dong Khe front, on the route Cao Bang – Lang Son provinces, in 1950
A diary about the president’s voyage to France read: “Thus, President Ho Chi Minh called on all the three largest political parties in France.”
At a meeting with the Standing Board of the Party Central Committee on the Border Campaign, President Ho Chi Minh suggested: “Launching an attack on Dong Khe means we attack a relatively weak base of the enemy, but it is an important location on the Cao Bang – Lang Son route. If they lose Dong Khe, the enemy would have to wait for reinforcements, and then we can find a way to wipe out the reinforcements.”
After hearing General Vo Nguyen Giap’s report on the planned Viet Bac military campaign, the President said: “It is the first time we launch a large-scale campaign. To ensure victory, we must know by heart the region’s hard-to-access terrain and court support from the ethnic minorities. Every soldier must follow public-relations regulations.”
President Ho Chi Minh signed a decree on conferring the Army Hero award on outstanding soldiers Nguyen Quoc Tri, La Van Cau, Nguyen Thi Chien, and Cu Chinh Lan, and the Labor Hero award on officials Ngo Gia Kham, Tran Dai Nghia, and Hoang Hanh.
In “Nowhere is better than our native land…” on Nhan Dan (The People) newspaper, President Ho Chi Minh accused the French and the Saigon regime in South Vietnam of inciting North Vietnamese to migrate to the South.
He advised people to stay put in the North to avoid a plight he described in four verses:
Looking back only to find immense sky and sea,
No more relatives and neighborhoods by the side.
Why leave home for a wandering life,
Not to know where to settle and live.
In a letter to people in the Vietbac autonomous zone on the anniversary of its establishment, the President wrote: “The zone is under the administration of local ethnic minority people so that they can develop their capabilities and score political, economic, cultural, and social achievements.
“With its brave revolutionary tradition and profound patriotism of the Viet Bac people, the zone will certainly make progress in the future.”
The President signed a decree to confer medals on the people and soldiers of Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province, for gunning down the 200th US aircraft and setting on fire 33 US warships.
In a letter of praise to them, he wrote: “Let’s put the US to rout. Vinh Linh’s victory deserves praise.”
The same day, the President sent a letter of condolence to people in the central Nghe An Province’s Xa Doai, where many, including two priests and three bishops, were killed, and many houses destroyed in US bombings.
The letter read: “I am heart-broken by the fact that Xa Doai was attacked by the US on July 21. People here should unite and support each other to overcome challenges to resume their normal life. Local authorities should seek ways to help people and continue the fight against US invaders.”
By Duong Trung Quoc and his assistants
The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly