(VOVWORLD) -May 7th, 2022, marks 68 years since the Vietnamese defeated French colonialists at Dien Bien Phu battlefield – a historic victory that was truly world-shaking. Today Vietnam và France are working together to build a solid relationship based on deep ties between their peoples.

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A Vietnamese soldier waves a national flag on đứng đầu of a French command post at Dien Bien Phu on May 7, 1954. (photo:AFP)

The Dien Bien Phu Victory in 1954 ended a century of ceaseless struggle by the Vietnamese people against the domination of the French colonialists. The victory phối the stage for Vietnam’s eventual national unification.

A resounding victory

Dien Bien Phu was one of the greatest battles of the 20th century. The victory is mentioned in many history books. It smashed the French military efforts & American intervention, & forced the French government to sign the Geneva Accords in July 1954, recognizing the independence, sovereignty, unity, & territorial integrity of three Indochina countries, ending centuries-long French colonial rule, và opening a new chapter in the revolution of Vietnam, Laos, & Cambodia.

The Dien Bien Phu Victory forced the French to lớn respect the rights of other nations & acknowledge the autonomy or independence of many African countries.

Analyzing the Dien Bien Phu Victory, historians say there were principal factors: a clear strategy and clever tactics, brave troops, and solid logistics. French historian Ivan Cadeau, author of “Dien Bien Phu: 13 March – 7 May 1954", said: “The historic victory was a result of many factors. The ingenuity of the Vietnamese government was able lớn utilize and mobilize all resources & the strength of the entire people & army. I want khổng lồ emphasize the role of engineering and heavy anti-aircraft artillery forces lớn destroy the runway & cut off the French army"s supply line khổng lồ Dien Bien Phu. Secondly, the Viet Minh Staff had a very flexible attack strategy that the French could not predict. One more point is that the Vietnamese army used their limited weapons very effectively. The Dien Bien Phu Victory was a classic military operation.”

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh meets French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in November, 2021 (photo: VOV)

Toward the future

Vietnam & France have been building a strong relationship based on deep ties between the two nations. France has been Vietnam’s strategic partner since 2013. The relationship is based on regular consultations and close cooperation in culture, security, health, & language. Hanoi"s metro line 3, for which France put up 500 million euros, is expected lớn begin operation late this year. The two countries have supported each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vietnam gave masks khổng lồ France in 2020 and France gave Vietnam 2 million doses of vaccine in 2021, và more this year. The French Development Agency (AFD) provided a loan for the expanded Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant Project and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in power nguồn generation.

Vietnam & France have cooperated in science & technology. An agreement was signed in November, 2021 between the Vietnam Academy of Science & Technology, the French National Center for Space Research, and Airbus.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s visit to lớn France in November, 2021 was a testament khổng lồ good bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said: “The leaders of both countries agree that an annual action plan is needed lớn carry out the Vietnam-France strategic partnership. The kích hoạt plan will cover politics, diplomacy, defense, security, economy, trade, investment, culture, education, và health. I believe the Vietnam-France strategic partnership will continue lớn grow.”

In 2023 Vietnam và France will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations & the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership. They have overcome their past and built an increasingly important friendly relationship.

Hong Van

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Only 500km to lớn the West of Hanoi, the battle ground in Dien Bien Phu is a well-known site marking a victorious exploit of Vietnamese people in the Indochina War. It is located in a valley, surrounded by mountains, hills and paddy fields. The valley has a length of 20km & a width of 6km. All year round, the mighty phái mạnh Rom River provides it with fresh water. Realizing the strategic position of this land, in 1953, the French decided lớn turn it into a military headquarters and equip it with the most powerful weapons at that time.


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A corner of Dien Bien Phu city.

This was the place where the courageous soldiers of Vietnamese army fought and won the 55 day battle (March 13th - May 7th 1954) against the French Union. The victory indubitable caught the attention of the international community, leading khổng lồ the over of the war in Vietnam after a few months. The most well-known remnants of the Dien Bien Phu Historical Site are A1, C1, C2, D1 Hills, Beatrice, Isabelle, Independent Hill, Muong Thanh Bridge, Muong Thanh Airport & De Castries Bunker. Nearly 30km away from the center of Dien Bien Phu City, the whole complex (including the shelters of Vietnamese army) situates in Muong Phang village. A 96m underground tunnel connects the working places of General Vo Nguyen Giap & Councillor Hoang Van Thai. As time marches by, the stairs leading lớn the place of General Giap are now covered with moss, giving the scenery a nostalgic look.

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