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Greetings to the 12th Congress of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPVN)

January 17, 2016




Central Commission for External Relations


1C, Hoang Van Thu, Ba Dinh, T.P. Ha Noi

Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Dear Comrade :

            Through you, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) sends warmest greetings to, and best wishes for every success of, the 12TH National Congress of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPVN) which will be held in Ha Noi, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (SRVN), on January 20-28, 2016.

            We take note of the multifarious tasks of your 12TH National Congress of evaluating the past 3 decades of the policy of renewal (Doi Moi) ; of reviewing the implementation of the Resolution of the 11TH National Congress for 2011-2015 ; of finalizing the guidelines, objectives and tasks for 2016-2020 ; and of electing the Central Committee of the 12TH Tenure for 2016-2020.

We are confident that your 12TH National Congress will enhance the all-round strengthening of the CPVN, and of the government and entire people of the SRVN, so that Viet Nam can contribute even more for the maintenance of peace, stability, friendship and cooperation in our region and throughout the world.

At the same time, we wish to hark back and hail the CPVN’s historic role in leading the Vietnamese people’s struggle for national liberation from French, Japanese, French and US occupation. Your struggle against the US war of aggression won a stunning victory that remains a highlight in the annals of the international struggle against imperialist aggression and intervention.

That victory was in some measure due to the internationalist assistance of the former Soviet Union and the former socialist community. On the other hand, a deadweight to your struggle were the maoist acts of sabotage in preventing the transit of vital supplies for Viet Nam through China, and maoist China’s occupation of Vietnamese positions in the Paracels (Hoang Sa) in 1974.

Another unforgettable contribution of the CPVN to the world revolutionary process and to humanity was its leading of the internationalist assistance for the liberation of Cambodia from a maoist nightmare. We will always remember and hail the CPVN for that selfless display of internationalism. Further, we salute the CPVN for leading reunified Viet Nam in rebuffing Chinese attacks on your northern borders, and much later in resisting China’s expansionism in the South China Sea.

Dear Comrade :

The PKP-1930 believes that both the Philippines and Viet Nam are today threatened by Chinese maritime claims that are based on China’s dynastic past when parts of our 2 countries (in particular, the Sultanate of Sulu in the case of the Philippines) were under Chinese suzerainty. So much historical developments have already transpired since those early Chinese dynasties, and the world cannot return to that fabled and even mythical past.

China’s nebulous “9-dash-line” claim over almost all of the South China Sea has no basis in modern international law, and especially not under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The “9-dash-line” claim encroaches upon the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of the Philippines, Viet Nam and other ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Brunei and even Indonesia). China’s claim based on ancient and even mythical times can only be likened to the Papal Bulls which divided the world between Spain and Portugal during the 15th century ; the ancient territorial claims of now-extinct empires, dynasties and caliphates ; or even the “Monroe Doctrine” of US imperialism over South America.

China’s building-up of artificial islands upon reefs and shoals which are within the EEZs of the Philippines and Viet Nam, and China’s militarization of these artificial islands, are in violation of UNCLOS and the November 4, 2002 ASEAN-PRoC Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. China’s new military outposts within the EEZs of the Philippines and Viet Nam may be likened to “mini-Malvinas” fortresses which threaten freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.

Instead of accepting the fait accompli posed by these artificial islands and other ongoing reclamations, and instead of kowtowing to China’s demands of an “identification zone” over the area, the international community should be united in condemning China’s expansionism and bullying, in calling for strict respect for UNCLOS and for the forging of a comprehensive Code of Conduct between the PRoC and ASEAN, in stressing the freedom of navigation and of overflight over the area, and in calling for special international jurisdiction and control over China’s artificial island-fortresses.

            The PKP-1930 believes that China’s bullying activities in our region are traceable to the degenerate policies of the Communist Party of China (CPC) that had long turned its back on the principle of proletarian internationalism, had long benefited from strategic collaboration with imperialism and from economic and trade ties with exploitative overseas Chinese taipans (big capitalists), had long propagated great-power and even great-Han chauvinism, and had long allowed the entry and expansive influence of big capitalists within the CPC.

The dilution of class-based principles has led to the rise of a new capitalist oligarchy that is influential within the CPC and is fuelling China’s drive at maritime expansionism in our region, as well as the massive export of finance capital to control foreign mines, ports, oilfields, railways, agriculture and fishery areas, and other overseas spheres of capital penetration and expansion.

Only the return of the CPC to the principles of Marxism-Leninism can reverse China’s trend towards imperialist expansionism, and can greatly help in turning our region into a zone of peace and cooperation. Meanwhile, the PKP-1930 hopes that wider cooperation between the Philippines and Viet Nam could be forged for the joint protection, exploration, exploitation and conservation of the resources of our adjoining seas which could be a sustainable source for the food security, economic progress and mutual benefit for our 2 peoples, as well as for all the peace-loving peoples of our region under the principle of human solidarity.

Dear Comrade :

            The PKP-1930 wishes every success to the CPVN’s efforts of strengthening socialist democracy and building a modern industrial country. Such efforts can only be successful through independence from imperialist dictates and foreign monopoly control, through unwavering advance towards socialism.

The PKP-1930 further wishes success to the CPVN’s efforts at getting compensation from the US government for the horrendous effects of “Agent Orange” and other diabolical weapons used during the US war of aggression against Viet Nam.

Finally, the PKP-1930 wishes the further strengthening of the fraternal relations between our two parties.

                                                                                                With communist greetings,

                                                                                                            ANTONIO  E.  PARIS

                                                                                                            General Secretary, PKP-1930