Noi, Oct. 5 (VNA) -- The national daily Nhan Dan today, Oct.5,
2001, hails the U.S. Senate's approval on Thursday of the
trade pact between Vietnam and the United States as a new
step forward in the normalisation of Vietnam-U.S. bilateral
"Vietnam welcomes the U.S. Senate's passing of the Viet
Nam-U.S. bilateral trade agreement by a majority of vote,
and also acknowledges U.S. President George W. Bush's statement
calling the Senate's action a significant step to promote
the ties between the two countries," Nhan Dan says.
"The trade pact is the result of concerted efforts from
both sides," it points out, saying "That the pact
has been passed and will take effect soon will benefit both
Nhan Dan also describes as a "positive step" the
fact that the U.S. Senate did not bring to a vote the so-called
"Vietnam Human Rights Act" together with the approval
of the trade pact as had been done by the U.S House of Representatives.
"We appreciate the clear-cut stance of the majority of
the U.S. Senators towards the interest of the normalization
of Vietnam-U.S. relations," Nhan Dan says.
It goes on: "We believe that the so-called 'Vietnam
Human Rights Act' will never be passed because it blatantly
interferes into Vietnam's internal affairs, violates the
UN Charter and the fundamental principles of international
law as well as runs counter to the interests of both Vietnamese
and American people."
Nhan Dan reaffirms Vietnam's foreign policy of independence,
self-reliance, and openness as well as multilateralisation
and diversification of international relations, saying:
"Vietnam is prepared to be a reliable friend and partner
of all nations in the international community striving for
peace, independence and development."
"We stand for normalizing our relations with the United
States on the basis of respect for each other's independence
and sovereignty, non-intervention into each other's internal
affairs, equality and mutually-beneficial cooperation,"
the newspaper says.
"These principles serve as the ground for our talks and
conclusion of the trade pact with the United States,"
The paper says: "We have acknowledged the endorsement
of the trade pact by the U.S. House of Representatives on
Sept.6, considering it a necessary step to develop the normal
ties between the two countries. But we have also come out
strongly against the 'Vietnam Human Rights Act' because it
aims to link economic and commercial ties with political conditions."
Nhan Dan also recalls the Vietnamese people's hardship and
sacrifices in their past struggles for the right to live in
independence, freedom and happiness, as well as their relentless
efforts to continue to develop human rights at present, stressing
"We fully understand the value of independence and freedom
and the right to live in happiness."
"Although our starting-point in socio-economic development
is still lower than others countries' and having experienced
30 years of devastating wars, the Vietnamese people will overcome
all challenges and seize every opportunity in their active
integration into the world economy with their tradition of
"We have the potential and strength to achieve the goals
of a prosperous people, a strong country and an equitable,
democratic and civilised society, and to preserve and develop
human rights for every person and the whole community,"