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Foreign scholars hail Vietnam’s foreign policy

The current foreign policy of Vietnam, based on the foundation of understanding, compassion, mutual respect, and mutual interests, not only introduces the image of Vietnam to international community, but also certainly leads to wide bilateral and multilateral cooperation in political-security-military, economic and socio-cultural aspects, with countries, a Thai scholar has said.
Honorary President of the Czech-Vietnamese Friendship Association Marcel Winter (Photo: VNA)
The current foreign policy of Vietnam, based on the foundation of understanding, compassion, mutual respect, and mutual interests, not only introduces the image of Vietnam to international community, but also certainly leads to wide bilateral and multilateral cooperation in political-security-military, economic and socio-cultural aspects, with countries, a Thai scholar has said.

In an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency’s correspondents in Thailand on the occasion of Vietnam’s National Conference

on Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nakorn Serirak, a lecturer from the College of Local Administration (COLA) of Khon Kaen University of Thailand, said Vietnam’s foreign policy also contributes to maintaining peace in Southeast Asia and the world.
Serirak, who is also the co-author of a newly published book entitled “45th anniversary of Vietnam – Thailand relations (1976-2021): a historical journey”, said during the Vietnam War with France and the US, Vietnam’s foreign policy focused on improving international understanding of Vietnam’s struggle for independence against imperialism and also the desire for peace of the Vietnamese people, and resulted in gaining more understandings from most nations.

The current foreign policy of Vietnam is developed from the policy initiated since the country’s Doi moi (renewal) process in 1986, which overall seeks good relationships with all countries around the world and involvement in peacekeeping in Southeast Asia and world politics, he stressed.

The world has gained a clearer and more concrete view of Vietnam’s foreign policy when the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam clearly described that Vietnam’s foreign affairs from the past till the present reflects the uniqueness of the Vietnamese identity, that is, like the nature of bamboo where strength and compromise integrally blend together, he added.

Vietnam’s success in many aspects seen by the world today is another confirmation of the best practices of the national development policy, including the current foreign policy known as bamboo foreign policy, he said.

Meanwhile, both Honorary President of the Czech-Vietnamese Friendship Association Marcel Winter and President of the Hungary – Vietnam Friendship Association Botz László,  said Vietam’s foreign policy is the foundation for strengthening friendship cooperation,  affirming that Vietnam’s foreign policy and contributions have helped improve Vietnam’s position and prestige in the international arena.

Taking to Vietnam News Agency’s correspondents in the Czech Republic, Winter stressed that Vietnam has achieved great diplomatic successes in the world, especially at the United Nations (UN).

According to Winter, Vietnam has always been very active as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The country has been also very successful when participating in the UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan, where Vietnamese military doctors are working effectively.

The prestige of Vietnam, especially in ASEAN, is the result of Vietnam’s very successful role as the ASEAN Chair, even in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, he stressed.

Sharing Winter’s view,  László said thanks to drastic policies, strict discipline as well as the trust of the Vietnamese people in the State, the success of the country in the fight against COVID-19 has significantly contributed to Vietnam’s rapid economic development in the context of the pandemic, thus helping improving Vietnam’s international reputation.

According to him, Vietnam’s foreign policy within the framework of ASEAN is very effective, while great strides in realising the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) have created a motivation for expanding trade relations between Vietnam and Hungary.

Winter suggested that specific orientations are needed to further strengthen bilateral friendship cooperation and meet the need of the business circles of both countries.

For his part, László said it is necessary to pay more attention to introducing and promoting the Vietnamese culture in Hungary. /.VNA

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