Speaking to the Vietnam News Agency in Phnom Penh, the researcher asserted that the resistance for Vietnam's independence from the French rule led by the Viet Minh under the leadership of President Ho Chi Minh is considered the first in the post-World War II liberation movement.

Researcher Uch Leang (right) in the interview with Vietnam News Agency

He praised the role of the Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia alliance in the resistance and the 1954 historic Dien Bien Phu Victory. The three nations shared a common perception of their collective destiny, which became a powerful force that fostered solidarity between their armies and peoples.

Furthermore, he noted that the countries’ governments and peoples continue to uphold that spirit to this day, working together to nurture common goals and stances on the international stage and within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This has helped maintain ASEAN centrality and promote peace and trilateral cooperation in shared economic zones along their borders.

Leang, who once studied in Vietnam from 1995 to 2001, expressed admiration for the country’s economic progress, especially since 1986. The expert also highlighted Vietnam's abundant and high-skilled human resources, ability to attract large foreign investors, and great potential in production and export activities.

He said Vietnam will undoubtedly achieve its vision of becoming a high-income developed country by 2045, and further flourish thanks to its development collaboration with other countries in the region.

Source: VNA