Celebrating 7th Anniversary of S.V.N.F.L.'s Founding
Celebrating 7th Anniversary of S.V.N.F.L.'s Founding
Celebrating 7th Anniversary of S.V.N.F.L.'s Founding
Celebrating 7th Anniversary of S.V.N.F.L.'s Founding
Chairman Mao Shows the World's People the Road to Defeat U.S. Imperialism
Nation of 700 Million Vows fro Provide Powerful Backing for Vietnamese People
Source: Peking Review, No. 52, December 25, 1967
MILLIONS upon millions of servicemen and people throughout the nation have warmly hailed the great leader Chairman Mao Tse-tung's message of greetings to President Nguyen Huu Tho of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the South Vietnam National Front for Liberation on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of its founding.
Throughout the length and breadth of the country, proletarian revolutionaries, revolutionary masses and commanders and fighters of the People's Liberation Army say that Chairman Mao's message manifests to the fullest the resolve of the 700 million Chinese people to give firm support to the Vietnamese people's war of resistance against U.S. aggression and for national salvation. The message, they say, has, most wisely and correctly, pointed out the militant road to victory for the Vietnamese people and the world's revolutionary people; it is the greatest support and greatest inspiration to them.
Chairman Mao's message is also a tremendous boost to the morale of the Vietnamese people and the revolutionary people of the world and has greatly dampened the arrogance of U.S. imperialism, Soviet modern revisionism and all reaction. The proletarian revolutionaries, revolutionary masses and commanders and fighters of the People's Liberation Army say that the message has lighted up the road of victory for the liberation struggle of the world's oppressed peoples and nations. They express the firm belief that the heroic Vietnamese people, persisting in a protracted war, will certainly defeat U.S. imperialism. They say that, by all means, they themselves will follow their great supreme commander Chairman Mao's teaching, vow to provide powerful backing for the Vietnamese people, and resolutely support the Vietnamese people to sweep out the last U.S. invaders from Vietnam. They pledge that, together with the revolutionary people of the world, they will fight to the end to completely overthrow U.S.-led imperialism, modern revisionism with the Soviet revisionist renegade clique as its centre and the reactionaries of all lands.
On the afternoon of December 19, the same day our great leader Chairman Mao's message of greetings was made public, more than 10,000 people in the Chinese capital held a grand rally to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the founding of the S.V.N.FX. The meeting began with the reading out of our great leader Chairman Mao's message of greetings to President Nguyen Huu Tho; all present were in their highest militant spirit.
The rally was attended by Chou En-lai, Kang Sheng, Li Fu-chun, Chi Pen-yu, Yao Wen-yuan, Chen Yi, Hsieh Fu-chih, Yang Cheng-wu and other Chinese comrades. Vietnamese friends attending the meeting received a warm welcome. Among them were the Delegation of the People of South Vietnam headed by Nguyen Xuan Long, who had come to China at the invitation of the China-Vietnam Friendship Association to take part in the Chinese people's celebrations of the founding of the S.V.N.F.L.; Nguyen Van Quang, Leader of the Permanent Mission of the S.V.N.F.L. to China, and Nguyen Minn Phuong, Deputy Leader; and Ngo Minh Loan, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to China.
Commanders and fighters of the People's Liberation Army and revolutionary masses, who attended the meeting with the deep feeling of militant friendship for the Vietnamese people, read together the following quotation from Chairman Mao:
"People of the world, unite and defeat the U.S. aggressors and all their running dogs! People of the world, be courageous, dare to fight, defy difficulties and advance wave upon wave. Then the whole world will belong to the people. Monsters of all kinds shall be destroyed."
They then went on to read aloud a quotation from President Ho Chi Minh:
"The war may last still five, ten, twenty years or longer. Hanoi, Haiphong and other cities, and enterprises may be destroyed, but the Vietnamese people will not be intimidated! Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom. When victory day comes, our people will rebuild our country and endow it with bigger and more beautiful construction."
Shining Example for the Oppressed Peoples
Chou En-lai, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and Premier of the State Council, made an important speech at the rally. In the name of our great leader Chairman Mao and his close comrade-in-arms Comrade Lin Piao, and speaking on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese people and the Chinese Government, he extended the warmest and most heartfelt greetings to the heroic people of south Vietnam and the S.V.N.F.L.
Premier Chou En-lai said that the founding of the S.V.N.F.L. marked a new stage in the struggle of the people of south Vietnam against U.S. imperialism and its lackeys. The facts of the past seven years show that the S.V.N.F.L. is the great standard-bearer of the people of south Vietnam in their struggle for complete liberation and their only genuine representative.
Premier Chou En-lai pointed out that during the past seven years, under the strong S.V.N.F.L. leadership, the heroic people of south Vietnam, who held high the great banner of struggle against U.S. aggression and for national salvation and displayed the incomparable might of people's war, have smashed the "special warfare" of U.S. imperialism, successfully resisted direct armed aggression by U.S. imperialism and defeated one enemy war escalation after another, thus bringing about a fundamental change in the situation of south Vietnam. The 14 million people of south Vietnam on their land of 170,000 square kilometres have resisted more than one million U.S. and puppet troops and have given them a thorough trouncing. This is a stupendous feat in the history of national-liberation wars in the world.
After reviewing the increasingly fine situation in the Vietnamese people's war against U.S. aggression and for national salvation, Premier Chou En-lai declared:
"The Vietnamese people's war against U.S. aggression and for national salvation has proved to the whole world that a country, whether big or small, can defeat any powerful aggressor so long as it dares to struggle and is good at struggle, fully arouses and relies on the people, turns the country into a nation of soldiers, undertakes people's war and persists in a long-term war of resistance. The great victories of the Vietnamese people's war against U.S. aggression and for national salvation have set a brilliant example for the oppressed peoples and oppressed nations throughout the world in their struggle for liberation.
"These victories have upset U.S. imperialism's counter-revolutionary global strategic plan and given powerful support to the liberation struggles of the people of Asia, Africa and Latin America and to the revolutionary struggles of the people of all countries. The Vietnamese people are playing a vital role In the struggle in the present era of the revolutionary forces of the world against the counter-revolutionary forces and are making great contributions to the cause of the world revolution."
Johnson Administration Employs Counter-Revolutionary Dual Tactics on Bigger Scale
Caught now in a blind alloy, the U.S. imperialists are expanding the war to try to extricate themselves, Premier Chou En-lai pointed out. On the one hand, the U.S. is itself pouring more troops into south Vietnam, still more fiercely mustering cannon-fodder from Its satellite countries and stepping up the bombing of north Vietnam; on the other, it is using its Thailand and south Vietnam lackeys to keep invading the border of Cambodia and bombing areas in Middle and Lower Laos. The U.S. openly clamours for "destructive bombing" of north Vietnam and for landing American troops there; clamours for sending its own troops to Laos, for invading Cambodia and blockading the Cambodian ports; and even clamours for "hot pursuit into Chinese territory." This arrogance on the part of the U.S. imperialists, however, does not show strength but, on the contrary, as our great leader Chairman Mao pointed out long ago: "The unbridled violence of all the forces of darkness, whether domestic or foreign, has brought disaster to our nation; but this very violence indicates that while the forces of darkness still have some strength left, they are already in their death threes, and that the people are gradually approaching victory."
Premier Chou En-lai said that in addition to expanding the war of aggression in Vietnam, U.S. imperialism is carrying out a "peace talks" fraud. The more its difficulties, the more it turns to counter-revolutionary dual tactics. Moreover, next year is election year in the U.S. and U.S. imperialism is bound to use these counter-revolutionary dual tactics even more. Of late, the Johnson Administration has been sending out old "peace talks" hands and international brokers to many places in the world to seek support and, taking advantage of the ceasefire at the New Year and the Spring Festival, is trying a new scheme of a "bombing halt" for "peace talks." At the same time, U.S. imperialism is trying to get the United Nations to take a hand in the Vietnam question, and attempting by hook or by crook to get the Vietnam question on the agenda of the U.N. Security Council. It is common knowledge that the United Nations is an instrument controlled by the U.S. and it has absolutely no right to discuss the Vietnam question.
Betrayal by the Soviet Revisionists Cannot Save U.S. Imperialism From Doom
The U.S. imperialist war of aggression against Vietnam, Premier Chou En-lai said, is being actively served by the Soviet revisionist leading clique. Every "peace talks" scheme the U.S. imperialists try on Vietnam receives support and co-operation from the Soviet revisionist leading clique. This clique is the broker peddling the "peace talks" scheme of U.S. imperialism, the accomplice helping U.S. imperialism to conduct war blackmail and the renegade selling out the cause of the Vietnamese people against U.S. aggression and for national salvation. The greater the difficulties U.S. imperialism faces in Vietnam, the greater the efforts the Soviet revisionist leading clique exerts to find a way out for the U.S. At the lime of this year's October Revolution festival, the Soviet revisionist leading clique hatched a conspiracy of "forcing peace talks through bombing" in collusion with U.S. imperialism. The Soviet revisionist leading clique recently intensified its collusion with U.S. imperialism in carrying out new activities to "induce peace talks by bombing pause." However, these acts of betrayal by it cannot save U.S. imperialism; on the contrary, they will only further expose its renegade features.
Premier Chou En-lai continued: The Vietnamese people's war against U.S. aggression and for national salvation has arrived at a crucial moment. The road to ultimate victory lies before the people of Vietnam. The nearer victory comes, the more the difficulties. No matter how many difficulties or obstacles the Vietnamese people face on their march forward, these can all be surmounted. President Ho Chi Minh, the great leader of the Vietnamese people, has said: "The people of our country will still encounter many difficulties in the war against U.S. imperialism and for national salvation, but the people of our country are bound to defeat the U.S. aggressor gangsters and their running dogs, liberate the south, defend the north and then reunify the fatherland peacefully." The S.V.N.F.L.'s Political Programme also pointed out: "'Our people will fight on unswervingly until complete victory so long as the U.S. imperialists refuse to end their war of aggression, to withdraw all U.S. and satellite troops from our country and to let the people of south Vietnam to settle the internal affairs of south Vietnam by themselves without foreign intervention."
Premier Chou En-lai expressed the belief that the heroic Vietnamese people will assuredly drive all the U.S. aggressors from their land and achieve complete victory in the war against U.S. aggression and for national salvation, provided they rally in unity and unite as one, persist in people's war and persevere in the policy of protracted war.
The Chinese People Who Are Armed With Mao Tse-tung's Thought Stand Four-Square Behind the Vietnamese People
After reviewing the excellent revolutionary situation in our great motherland in the past year and a half, Premier Chou En-lai said: The victory of China's great proletarian cultural revolution has not only opened a broad path for consolidating the dictatorship of the proletariat and carrying the socialist revolution through to the end, but has made it possible for China to be a more powerful base for supporting the world revolution. The Chinese people, tested and tempered as they are in the great proletarian cultural revolution, have further strengthened their sense of duty to internationalism and will certainly render still more effective support to the Vietnamese people in their great war against U.S. imperialism and for national salvation, to the proletariat of the world and the people of all countries in their revolutionary struggles, and to the oppressed nations and peoples of the world in their struggle for liberation, thus contributing duly to the revolutionary cause of the people all over the world.
The peoples of China and Vietnam, Premier Chou En-lai stressed, are truly comrades-in-arms and brothers. The friendship and solidarity between us has grown in long anti-imperialist revolutionary struggles and has stood the test of time. In the present war against U.S. imperialism, the Vietnamese people stand at the forefront of the struggle and have made great contributions to our common cause. The 700 million Chinese people provide a powerful backing for the Vietnamese people, and the vast expanse of China's territory is their reliable rear area. No matter how arrogant U.S. imperialism is, it will be stopped in its tracks by the 31 million people of Vietnam and the 700 million people of China. In the common struggle, the Chinese and Vietnamese peoples support and co-operate with each other, and have forged unbreakable militant friendship. Consistently following the teachings of the great leader Chairman Mao, the Chinese people have resolutely supported the Vietnamese people in their struggle in the last seven years. No matter what tempestuous storms and difficulties and dangers are encountered on the road forward, the 700 million people of China, armed with Mao Tse-tung's thought, will unswervingly stand by the fraternal Vietnamese people and will make all-out efforts for the defeat of vicious U.S. imperialism.
Army and People of South Vietnam Determined to Fight U.S. Aggression to the End
Nguyen Xuan Long, head of the Delegation of the People of South Vietnam, then took the floor. He first pointed out that the founding uf the S.V.N.F.L. on December 20, 1960, was the inevitable outcome of the struggle against the U.S. aggressors and their lackeys and also a historic turning point in the struggle of the people in the south for liberation. After giving a detailed account of the brilliant victories won by the south Vietnamese people under the leadership of the S.V.N.F.L., he pointed out that the victories won by the S.V.N.F.L. in the past seven years represent a victory for its correct political and military lines, a victory for the line of people's war which has been developed to a high level in south Vietnam, a victory for the staunch will to defeat the U.S. aggressors displayed by the people throughout north and south Vietnam and a victory for the lofty internationalist solidarity and friendship shown by the 700 million Chinese people and our brothers and friends on all five continents who support and encourage the south Vietnamese people in their just patriotic struggle.
These victories, he said, show that the S.V.N.F.L. has been fulfilling its historic mission and bringing about one success after another for the revolution in south Vietnam. The S.V.N.F.L. is the decisive factor in the development of the situation in south Vietnam. It is actually performing the functions of a mighty and genuinely democratic state of the south Vietnamese people. It is asserting growing influence in the world and enjoying rising international prestige; indeed, it is worthy of being the sole genuine representative of the 14 million south Vietnamese people.
U.S. Imperialist "Peace Talks" Fraud Can Deceive No One
While condemning U.S. imperialism for making every effort to intensify its war of aggression against Vietnam and attempting to extend the flames of war to the whole of Indo-China, he pointed out that, at the same time, U.S. imperialism is trying to take the Vietnam question to the United Nations, pressing for intervention by the U.N. Security Council in the Vietnam war with the aim of forcing us to accept its terms. It has made fraudulent statements about peace talks in order to cover up its schemes for intensifying and expanding its war of aggression against Vietnam and the defeats it has suffered on the battlefield, and to deceive world public opinion. But no amount of cunning and hypocritical talk by U.S. imperialism will deceive anyone any longer. Today it is using the most savage military means to intensify and expand its war of aggression, but this can in no way help it extricate itself from the depths of defeat into which it is sinking. The more U.S. troops it brings into south Vietnam, the more U.S. imperialism becomes submerged in the ocean of people's war. The more it expands the war, the more it reveals its inherent political and military weaknesses, and the farther it will go up a blind alley. U.S. imperialism is the aggressor in south Vietnam, and the army and people in south Vietnam are determined to wipe out the U.S. aggressors with all the forces they can muster. Whatever the sacrifices or hardships and no matter how long the war continues, whether it be five years, ten years, twenty years or even longer, the army and people in south Vietnam are determined to carry on the fight till final victory. Such is their unshakable iron will and determination.
Nguyen Xuan Long also said that the Vietnamese people's struggle against U.S. aggression and for national salvation now forms an inseparable part of the common struggle of the people of the world against colonialism, neo-colonialism and U.S.-led imperialism, and for national independence, democracy, peace and social progress. The army and people of south Vietnam see clearly that this is their glorious international duty. They are resolved to spare no effort, fear no sacrifice, fight to the end and defeat the war of aggression launched by U.S. imperialism in south Vietnam and make positive and effective contributions to the immeasurably great revolutionary cause of all the nations of the world.
Chinese People's Support Is the Greatest Inspiration for the Vietnamese People
Nguyen Xuan Long continued: The anti-U.S. struggle of the south Vietnamese people has won the most resolute, sincere, tremendous and effective sympathy and support of the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese Government and the fraternal Chinese people. In carrying out Chairman Mao's statement "The Chinese, people resolutely support the just struggle of the south Vietnamese people” the Chinese people regard their country as a vast rear area for the Vietnamese people and devote all their -efforts to supporting the Vietnamese people's struggle against U.S. aggression and for national salvation. The extensive movement to "aid Vietnam to resist U.S. aggression" has rapidly surged to a high tide in the great country of China. The people of south Vietnam highly value the wholehearted support of the Chinese people and regard it as an immense encouragement and contribution to the sacred cause of the national salvation of the Vietnamese people.
In conclusion, Nguyen Xuan Long expressed the most heartfelt and profound thanks to the respected and beloved Chairman Mao, the great Communist Party of China, the Government of the People's Republic of China and the fraternal Chinese people.
North Vietnam Determined to Fight Shoulder to Shoulder With Compatriots in the South
In his speech, Ngo Minh Loan, the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to China, condemned U.S. imperialism for carrying out a war of destruction against north Vietnam in order to save itself from heavy defeat in south Vietnam.
Warning the U.S. aggressors, he said: They thought that with bombs, they could subdue the people of north Vietnam, sever the southern and northern parts of Vietnam from each other, and prevent the people of north Vietnam from giving assistance and support to their southern fellow countrymen. But they are only day-dreaming and cherishing frantic illusions that will never come true. Vietnam is one entity, and so is the Vietnamese nation. The people of both north and south Vietnam are kith and kin, and members of one and the same family under one and the same roof.
After giving an account of the splendid victories the people of north Vietnam have achieved in fighting and production, the Ambassador continued: No matter how fiercely the U.S. imperialists may step up their bombing of the north and even if they go so far as to recklessly land their troops in north Vietnam, the people of the north are resolved to stand side by side with the people of the south and completely put into effect President Ho Chi Minh's sacred appeal to struggle against U.S. aggression and for national salvation: "For the defence of the independence of our fatherland, for the fulfilment of our obligations to the peoples struggling against U.S. imperialism, our whole people and army, united as one man, fearless of sacrifices and hardships, will resolutely fight till complete victory." They are determined to carry through the liberation of the south, the defence of the north and proceed to the reunification of the fatherland.
Smash U.S. Imperialism's Military Adventure And "Peace Talks" Swindle
Under the vehement attacks of the armed forces and people in both north and south Vietnam nothing can save the U.S. imperialists from defeat, the Ambassador pointed out. However, the U.S. imperialists have not given up their aggressive designs and are scheming to intensify the war, to carry it still further into north Vietnam, and to extend it to the Kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia, thus posing a serious threat to the independence of all the countries in Indo-China and Southeast Asia. Along with their military activities, the U.S. imperialists are cunningly pushing their "peace talks" swindle at the United Nations in order to soften public opinion throughout the world and in the United States itself. Throughout the world and in the United States itself people are indignantly condemning the war of aggression waged by the Johnson clique against Vietnam and demanding that the U.S. imperialists definitively and unconditionally stop their bombing of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, withdraw all U.S. and satellite troops from south Vietnam, and recognize the S.V.N.F.L. as the sole and genuine representative of the south Vietnamese people.
Chinese People's Tremendous Support Appreciated
The Ambassador added: In our First War of Resistance as well as in our present fight against U.S. imperialist aggression, the Vietnamese people, both in the north and in the south, have always enjoyed the support and assistance of the Chinese Communist Party, headed by the respected and beloved Chairman Mao, the Government and the people of China. While giving tremendous and effective material assistance, the Chinese Government and people have many times made public their consistent position of firm support for the Vietnamese people's war of resistance against U.S. aggression and for national salvation until final victory. The 700 million fraternal Chinese people, who are armed with Mao Tse-tung's thought and are vigorously carrying out the great proletarian cultural revolution, are ready. to undergo the greatest national sacrifices and are determined to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Vietnamese people in order to defeat the U.S. aggressors. Chairman Mao's statement in 1963 on the situation in south Vietnam, and the statements denouncing the U.S. imperialist bombing of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam made since 1964 by the Government of China, constitute a great source of inspiration and encouragement to the Vietnamese people in both the south and the north.
Chairman Mao's Message Hailed by South Vietnamese People
Nguyen Van Quang, Leader of the Permanent Mission of the S.V.N.F.L. to China, gave a reception on December 20 in celebration of the 7th anniversary of the Front.
Chou En-lai, Chen Po-ta, Kang Shenfi, Li Fu-chun, Chen Yi, Li Hsien-nien, Hsieh Fu-chih, Yang Cheng-wu and other leading comrades attended. Also present were Nguyen Xuan Long and the members of the Delegation of the People of South Vietnam led by him, and Ngo Minh Loan, D.R.V. Ambassador to China.
In his speech, Nguyen Van Quang said:
In the joyous atmosphere of celebrating the 7th anniversary of the S.V.N.F.L., the armymen and people on every battlefield in south Vietnam were excited and honoured at hearing the inspiring news that the respected and beloved Chairman Mao had sent a message of congratulations to President Nguyen IIuu Tho. The south Vietnamese people regard the powerful support by Chairman Mao, the great leader of the Chinese people and great comrade-in-arms of the Vietnamese people, as an enormous inspiration.
Profoundly grateful to Chairman Mao and drawing fresh strength from his message, all the liberation armymen and people in south Vietnam will advance heroically and deal heavier and even more accurate blows at the U.S. imperialists and their lackeys. They will successfully accomplish their historic task and will not fail to fulfil the respected and beloved Chairman Mao's trust in them, Nguyen Van Quang said.
Nguyen Van Quang then gave an account of the new victories won by the south Vietnamese people in the war of resistance to U.S. aggression and for national salvation; he also elaborated on the great significance of the Political Programme adopted by the extraordinary session of the Central Committee of the S.V.N.F.L., and gave an account of how the S.V.N.F.L. has raised its international prestige.
The armymen and people in south Vietnam, he declared, are resolved to hold their rifles tightly in their hands and fight through to the end so as to realize the objectives explicitly listed in the Political Programme and most successfully fulfil the sacred task of their fatherland so dear to them, namely, to liberate the south, defend the north and then proceed to the peaceful reunification of the fatherland.
The people in the south, he added, are convinced that under the correct leadership of the S.V.N.F.L.. with the concerted effort of the compatriots in the south and the north, and with the sympathy and support of the Chinese people and the people of the world, they will certainly win victory. The Political Programme of the S.V.N.F.L. can certainly be realized.
On behalf of the Chinese Government and people, Vice-Premier Chen Yi extended the warmest congratulations to the Presidium of the S.V.N.F.L. and the heroic people of south Vietnam. Not long ago, he said, the Political Programme issued by the S.V.N.F.L. had further mobilized and united the people in the south and expressed their determination to fight U.S. imperialism through to the end. The S.V.N.F.L. is the only genuine representative of the 14 million south Vietnamese people and their most courageous, most resolute and most loyal standard-bearer, he emphasized.
Vice-Premier Chen Yi pointed out that U.S. imperialism is now working with redoubled efforts to collect cannon-fodder both at home and abroad, down to mobilizing the Japanese militarists who are following the U.S. line in every respect. Recently, the Sato government, instigated by Washington, had gone to the length of openly uttering hysterical anti-China war cries. U.S. imperialism is vainly hoping to expand the war to save itself from the situation of being defeated; this is a sheer pipe dream. Vice-Premier Chen Yi warned U.S. imperialism that if it insists on going its own way, the Chinese people will stand firmly at the side of the people of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and other Asian countries and deal heavy blows to the U.S. aggressors, and throw the paper tiger which U.S. imperialism is into the raging flames of a people's war and burn it to ashes.
Chen Yi said, the more difficult the position of U.S. imperialism in Vietnam, the more it will Intensify its "peace talks" fraud all the while carrying on its military adventures. Modern revisionism is acting as the No. 1 accomplice of U.S. imperialism in this plot. The "peace talks" fraud of U.S. imperialism has been foiled many times before, any new ones they are playing with is doomed to failure.
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