Protecting Vietnam’s independence, freedom, unification, and territorial integrity is the common duty of all Vietnamese who must fulfill it under any circumstance, State President Truong Tan Sang has said.
The Vietnamese leader made the statement in his recent message to mark the 69th anniversary of the August Revolution (1945) and National Day (September 2).
“This duty is a very sacred and noble one to follow the deeds of our ancestors and older generations, just as what was said in the teachings of Uncle Ho: ‘the Hung Kings founded the country, you and I must protect it’,” President Sang said in the message.
He noted that sixty nine years ago, in the autumn of 1945, Vietnamese people, under the flag of the Communist Party of Vietnam, carried out the great August Revolution to break up the chains of the colonialist and feudal regimes, regain national independence, and found the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, a state of the people and for the people.
On September 2, 1945, when declaring to the entire world the birth of an independent and free Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh affirmed that Vietnamese people were determined to protect their independence and freedom with all their spirit, their strength, their lives, and their properties.
Vietnam has since overcome countless hardships and challenges to improve its people’s living conditions as guided by Uncle Ho’s teachings: independence will mean nothing if the people cannot enjoy freedom and happiness.
“We have also sacrificed so much, including shedding our blood, to defeat all invaders and protect the motherland’s independence, freedom, sovereignty, unification, and territorial integrity,” President Sang wrote.
Now, in the context of globalization, in which the complicated relations of cooperation and competition as well as clashes among different policies, economies, and cultures are taking place, the survival and prosperity of each country is no longer a matter of that country alone, he said in the message.
Such a context poses both opportunities and challenges for all countries, particularly small ones, in safeguarding their own interests, independence, freedom, unification, and territorial integrity.
Therefore, all Vietnamese people must exercise vigilance and resolve to firmly defend the motherland’s independence, freedom, national unification, and territorial integrity in any circumstance, the president stressed.