Late General Secretary Truong Chinh – A Marked Example of Steadfastness

Musical performance to mark the 100th birthday of the Late General Secretary, Mr. Truong Chinh

"He was a resilient and model communist, a preeminent leader and an excellent pupil of President Ho Chi Minh," remarked General Secretary Nong Duc Manh during a ceremony yesterday marking the 100th birthday of the Late General Secretary, Mr. Truong Chinh.

The ceremony was held in participation with leaders of the party, government, National Assembly, representatives from the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, revolutionary veterans, mothers of Viet Nam’s heroic soldiers, Ha Noi authorities and the late General Secretary’s relatives.

Addressing the ceremony, General Secretary Nong Duc Manh highlighted the late general secretary’s great contributions to the nation in his roles as general secretary of the Communist Party of Dong Duong (Indochina) from 1941-1951, general secretary of the Labor Party of Vietnam from 1951-1956 and again for the Communist Party of Viet Nam in the 1980s.

He described the late general secretary as a resolute communist, an excellent disciple of President Ho Chi Minh, and an outstanding leader of the Party and the nation, stressing that Mr. Truong Chinh’s 81 year life played a vital role in the 20th century achievements of the Vietnamese revolution.

According to Mr. Manh, in the national resistance war against the French colonialists Mr. Truong Chinh devoted himself by disseminating party policies, promoting democracy, reorganizing the party executive committee, building up safe settlements for revolutionary participants, and serving Uncle Ho in his revolutionary activities.

"As a former journalist, the late general secretary successfully predicted the development and the propensity of war, he wrote a book forecasting the clash between Japanese militarists and French colonialists and the nation’s actions," said Mr. Manh.

"After the August Revolutionary, he applied flexible policies to both construct the nation and fight the enemies," Mr. Manh continued, "His other book, affirming the success of the resistance war, encouraged the Vietnamese people to carry out a comprehensive and long-term struggle involving the whole population working as one against the enemies."

Mr. Truong Chinh visits the Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper's office in 1978.

Mr. Manh also confirmed that the late general secretary’s national policies were so accurate and creative that they lead to the ultimate success in the war against the French colonists.

In the resistance war against the American imperialists, Mr. Truong Chinh was at the forefront of the tactical and directive operations, working out the country’s key policies and strategies. The late general secretary also contributed greatly to the development and completion of the law system, and a socialist, law-regulated Viet Nam.

According to Mr. Manh, the late general secretary was also a pioneer in the process of renewal. "He saw that renewal was the requirement of the era, necessary for the survival of the country," he said. After the sixth national party congress in 1986, the late general secretary led the country to overcome all crises.

Mr. Manh praised the late general secretary for his political spirit, his talent in gaining knowledge and experience from his surroundings, and his application of Marxist/Leninist principles. He also expressed his gratitude for the important lessons he himself has learned from the life and cause of the late General Secretary Truong Chinh, especially concerning the countries need to develop through national construction and defense.

Late General Secretary Truong Chinh, whose real name was Dang Xuan Khu, was born on February 9, 1907 in the northern province of Nam Dinh. He twice held the position as Party General Secretary, once between 1941 and 1960 and again in 1986. Between 1942 and 1945 he directly guided the building of the party congress, issued new policies, and established a liberated region. He was also President (Chairman of the Council of State) from 1981 to 1987. He died in 1988.

By staff writers – Compiled by Trong Khuong

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