BASIC PRINCIPLES

PART 1. THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE NATION OF VIETNAM

The Vietnamese, a people that have endured ten centuries of Chinese domination, not only survived but rose to achieve equal standing with the rest of the world. Up until the end of the 18th century, Vietnam was second to none in the region and equal to many around the world in terms of social structure, cultural richness, and defense capability.

It was not until the mid-19th century, due to poor decisions on the part of its leadership, that Vietnam was not able to modernize in time and thus became a victim of colonization for the next hundred years. From that point on, Vietnam’s troubles were compounded by further mistakes made by those in leadership positions resulting in horrific bloodshed and backwardness. To this day the majority of Vietnamese still live in poverty as the nation falls further behind developed countries.

Indeed, if the dream of the Vietnamese people during the 19th century was to be adequately fed and clothed and to live free from fear of oppression, then this dream has remained a hope beyond the reach of the majority of Vietnamese today. This is a great sorrow for our people! [Read more…]

PART 2. BASIC PRINCIPLES TO DEMOCRATIZE AND REFORM VIETNAM

The mission of Viet Tan is to implement a comprehensive revolution to establish democracy and to reform Vietnam. This means that in our struggle we will give priority to abolishing the dictatorial regime blocking the advancement of our people, while at the same time, bringing about reform through a process of selective transformation that fulfills the needs of the people.

The quest to revive and develop the nation is the task of the entire people and must be carried out continuously through many generations. [Read more…]

PART 3. FAITH IN REFORM (CANH TAN)

This revolutionary action plan can only succeed with the participation of every segment of the Vietnamese people, both inside and outside of the country. Viet Tan is only a part of the national community. It aspires to be one of the means for the Vietnamese people to unite and carry out the reform to rebuild Vietnam. Being in power is usually seen as a basic condition to implement policy. However, given Vietnam’s multitude of problems, reform efforts are not easily accomplished through the government structures alone, but depend also on the ability to persuade and empower the people. Based on the principles and strategies that have been proposed, Viet Tan, whether it is in government or not, will at all times make the best of circumstances and strive to contribute to the reform of Vietnam. [Read more…]