Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh’s Speech at International Scientific Conference “Vietnam – India: 45 Years Of Diplomatic Relations and 10 Years of Strategic Partnership”


Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh’s Speech at International Scientific Conference “Vietnam – India: 45 Years Of Diplomatic Relations and 10 Years of Strategic Partnership”

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh’s Speech
at International Scientific Conference
“Vietnam – India: 45 Years Of Diplomatic Relations and 10 Years of Strategic Partnership”

Ha Noi, March 21st 2017


Dear Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, President of Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics!

Dear Mr. Parvathaneni Harish, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Vietnam!

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!

I am delighted to attend the International Scientific Conference “Vietnam – India: 45 years of diplomatic relations and 10 years of strategic partnership” held by Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. Firstly, in the name of the leaders of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, I would like to send to all the attended delegates, distinguished guests, scientists, scholars of Vietnam and India, the greetings and best wishes.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!


The Vietnam – India International Scientific Conference today is one of the opening events for the two nations’ 45th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations and 10th Anniversary of the Strategic Partnership. Nevertheless, the civilizational relationship between India and Vietnam spans over thousands of years and the advent of Buddhism from India to Vietnam and the remnants of the Buddhist thought, Buddhist temples, and Hindu Champa civilization in Vietnam stand testimony to this fact. This historical relationship, established by President Ho Chi Minh and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, has been nurtured and built upon by successive generations of leaders and people of the two nations. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the first international politicians to visit Vietnam after the Dien Bien Phu victory in 1954. President Ho Chi Minh visited India (1958), one year after Indian President Rajendra Prasad visited Vietnam (1959). The solidarity between the two countries, the two nations have always been stable, consistent and growing deeper and deeper. The Party, the State and the people of India have always be supported during the period of Vietnam;s ational struggle for independence, the heroic effort at national reunification and today’s pharse of national reconstruction.

We are also pleased to note that since the establishement of the diplomatic relation (January 7, 1972), Vietnam – India realtions have strongly developed in various areas, from politics, economic, trade and investment areas to security, defense and culture ones. Both countries identify the mutual goals of development cooperation for the prosperity of each country, contributing to the peace, stability and development of the region and the world.

On that basis, the diplomatic relations between the two countries have continued to be upgraded, from traditional friendship to strategic partnership (July 2007) and continue to enhance to the comprehensive strategic relations since the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Vietnam (2-3/9/2016), reflected the deep, reliable and effective partnership between two countries. From that, many important commitments and co-operation have been established, namely:

-  Strengthen the exchange of high-level delegations and al levels across channels: the Party, the Government, the National Assembly, the cooperation between ministries, branches, localities and people's exchanges; continue to promote the effectiveness of existing cooperation namely the Intergovernmental Committee, political consultation, strategic dialogue, defense policy dialogue, economic cooperation, energy, science and technology, educational culture; effectively implement previous agreements between the tưo countries;

- India has always considered Vietnam as an important pillar in India’s “Act East” policy and the expansion of India’s relations with ASEAN.

-  Emphasizing the role of strengthening the cooperation on national defense and security. India continues to support Vietnam in terms of credit, traning, enhancing national defense and security capabilities, sharing experiences regarding UN peacekeeping missions, drug prevention, criminal science as well as cybersecurity…

- Strengthening the enormous strategic cooperation potential in economics, trade and investment, considering economic cooperation as a strategic goal of bilateral relations, striving to achieve the goal of trade turnover will reach $15 billion by 2020.

- Reiterating the wish and determination to work together on regional and international issue. Regarding the East Sea issue, the two countries agreed to maintain peace, stability, without threats or use of force to deal with the East Sea issue based on the principles of international law, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and hope to soon reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

- Strengthening the cooperation on culture, education, training, science and technology and people exchange. Vietnam expects Indian government to annually offer more scholarships to Vietnamese students studying in India. India is also actively investing in Vietnam in capacity building and human resources development in the field of information technology, English language training, performance computing and other areas such as nuclear technology, remote sensing, space exploration for peaceful purposes; Enhancing air, road and sea connections; Effectively organize the annual Vietnam-India Friendship Festival in the fields of culture, arts, cinema, tourism, etc.

Thus, it can be said that the relationship built on friendship, peace, cooperation and development between Vietnam and India has improved over the past 45 years in depth and quality. The achievements in the Vietnam - India friendly relationship are reaching higher and higher level. (Two - way trade increased from $ 2.36 billion in 2009 to $ 5.4 billion in 2016. ... cultural exchanges, external relations, defense cooperation, ... are strengthened). But the achievements of the two countries are still not matching the potential of each country. India's investment in Vietnam accounts for a very small share.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!

In the new context, new vision, the two countries are required to actively enhance the mutual elements, appreciate the potential for comprehensive cooperation and in each domain; To focus on eliminating subjective and objective barriers that negatively affect the process of cooperation, determine the priorities and strengths of each party in the cooperative relationship; To further identify Vietnam’s role in India’s “Look East” and “Act East” as well as the significant contribution of Vietnam to the ASEAN-India engagement in its capacity as ASEAN Coordinator for India…from that basis, Vietnam and India can work together to build a cooperative relationship and develop to reach the potential and aspiration of the two countries.

I strongly believe that this International Scientific Conference held at Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics is not only academically significant but also effectively contribute to the partnership in politics, the mutual understandings, and the friendly and cooperative relations between Vietnam and India. The two countries will work together in a stronger and more practical way for the interests of both nations, for the people, for the peace, and for the development of the region and the world. Therefore, I respectively urge the delegates, administrations, scientists and scholars of the two countries to fully and objectively acknowledge the central issues. The participation of distinguished guests and delegates will beneficially contribute to the promoting and defining solutions process for the development of the cooperation between Vietnam and India.

Wish the delegates, distinguished guests, and all the scholars health and happiness. Wish our Conference a great success.



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