International Scientific Workshop “Soft Power of India and Soft Power of Vietnam in the context of Regionalization and Globalization"
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Attending the seminar were Assoc. Prof, Dr. Hoang Phuc Lam, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Academy; representatives of central and local departments, ministries and commissions; representatives of functional units, institutes under the Academy and national as well as international scientists.

               Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, President of the Academy delivered the opening speech

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang emphasized that over the past two millennia, the relationship between Vietnam and India has reached a comprehensive strategic partnership, starting from cross-cultural between two ethnic groups to the foundation of the relationship between the two leaders President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and from then being supported through generations of leaders of the two countries. Throughout that time, the soft power has always been the cross-cutting foundation for the relationship between Vietnam and India.

At the workshop, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang asked participants to focus more on explaining the nature, content, resources, value, role and impact of soft power in comparison with hard power and intelligence. He also suggested the participants to research on the impact of developing Vietnam and India’s the soft power throughout the national liberation struggle, national construction, defense and nation development in the future. Thanks to soft power, national potential will be awakened to formulate guidelines, policies, and steps to reinforce that soft power, contributing to the bilateral cooperation between the two countries

                                     Ambassador of India made a speech at the workshop

Speaking at the workshop, Mr. Parvathaneni Harish, Ambassador of India in Vietnam emphasized the origin and similarities in the relationship between Vietnam and India and hoped the participants the workshop would exchange and propose modes of using and enhancing the soft power, contributing to the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

                                                                    Overview of the workshop

At the workshop, some participants enthusiastically expressed their opinion on the efficiency of Indian’s soft power in many fields such as history, geography, population, philosophy, religion, politics, diplomacy, defense, security, culture, literature, art, and architecture... From time to time, this power could spread worldwide with a variety of methods and enables India to become a country that possesses soft, sustainable and special weaponry, especially in the field of culture, and art.

About the soft power of Vietnam, many participants mainly focused on the following contents: source, foundations; the role, impact, traditional values of soft power in the process of national liberation struggle, national construction, defense and nation development in the future and solutions to promote Vietnam's soft power in the context of globalization and regionalization. Some participants said that with the geographical position stretching on the East Sea – the important trade places in the region and in the world along with a history of building nation for more than 3000 years, Vietnam has built up its own cultural traditions characterized by national identity.

In order to promote the soft power of Vietnam in the context of regionalization and globalization, many scholars affirmed that Vietnam must maintain, strengthen and promote the good elements in traditions such as patriotism, heroism, positive nationalism, national self-respect, and solidarity .. Many solutions had been proposed to preserve and promote Vietnam's soft power in the new context with many extraordinary and rapid development.

            Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Quoc Ly, Vice President of the Academy made a speech at the workshop

With nearly 100 presentations of leaders, administrators, Vietnamese and Indian participants, the workshop focused on: (i) Analyzing, evaluating the value, role and impact of soft power: strengths, correlations of soft power in the political, cultural and social life of ethnic minorities, focusing on Vietnam and India in the context of regionalization and globalization; (ii) Comment on Indian and Vietnamese soft power in terms of theory, implication, structure, resources; as well as the role and impact of soft power in protecting, building and developing the country; (iii) Assessing the achievements of the Vietnam-India relations in the past 45 years on the strength of soft power; (iv) Prospects for cooperation in the field of soft power development in Vietnam in the coming time and propose suitable guidelines, policies, solutions and steps to implement the guidelines and policies of the two countries, contributing to the enrichment of bilateral cooperation.

The one-day workshop was divided into 02 sessions. Associate Prof. Dr. Le Quoc Ly attended and chaired the workshop sessions.

                                                               Participants at the workshop

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News, photos: Bui Thanh & Manh Thang

Translator: Thuy Ngan/ Proofreader: Dr Vu Thanh Van

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