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Vietnam Communist Party Chief on State Visit to India

Paper No. 5605                                        Dated 18-Nov-2013

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

Vietnam’s most powerful leader H.E. Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of Communist Party of Socialist Republic of Vietnam will be on a State Visit to India from November 19-22, 2013 at the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh.

Mr. Nguyen Phu Trang heads the two most powerful State organs in Vietnam-as Secretary General he heads the Party Secretariat and more significantly he heads Vietnam’s Central Military Commission.

In the above context and also in the context of the robust Vietnam-India strategic relationship, the visit of the Communist Party Chief becomes that more significant.

It also needs to be recalled that Vietnam forms the central pillar of India’s Look East Policy which could prove as the defining policy formulation of the coming decades.

The Communist Party Chief is no stranger to India as he had visited India in 2010 while he was the Chairman National Assembly of Vietnam.

Mr Nguyen Phu Trang is heading a powerful Vietnamese delegation on his India visit including the Deputy Prime Minister and Vice Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Public Security besides other Party dignitaries. The composition indicates the breadth of integrated and comprehensive relationship between India and Vietnam.

During his India visit, the Vietnamese Communist Party Chief is scheduled to have meetings with the President, Vice President and the Speaker of the Lower House. Delegation level meetings are scheduled with the Indian Prime Minister and the External Affairs Minister.

The Communist Party Chief’s India visit also includes a visit to Mumbai for significant business meetings with all the apex Indian business organisations.

Vietnam is pushing for increase in bilateral trade and Indian investments in Vietnam.


Vietnam and India enjoy a robust Strategic Partnership which in the context of China’s menacing postures extending from India’s Himalayan borders with China Occupied Tibet to South China Sea should logically generate imperatives for elevating the Vietnam-India Strategic Partnership signed in 2007 to enhanced levels.

Vietnam would be expecting more assertive Indian policy formulations on the South China Sea disputes which would in the coming decades impact security and stability in Indo Pacific Asia which includes India. India is engaged in maritime and naval cooperation with Vietnam but could do more in capacity building of Vietnam Air Force and Vietnam Navy.

India need not shy away from enhancing security cooperation with Vietnam under the umbrella of increased security and defence cooperation stated in the ASEAN-INDIA Vision Statement of 2012.

Discussions and decisions on the above aspects may not be released in the public domain but are likely to be on the agenda of the Vietnamese Communist Part Chief’s State Visit to India.

More importantly, the Vietnamese Communist Party Chief will bring to these discussions his perceptions of his China visit last month and also the Russian President’s visit to Vietnam this month.