Monday, January 21st 2013 - 13:51 UTC

Cristina Fernandez ends her visit to Vietnam, “an icon for her generation”

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez ended on Sunday in Hanoi her visit to Vietnam the last leg of a week-long business and political trip that took her to the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and finally the land which she emphasized represented an icon for her generation.

The Argentine president dressed in guerrila gear at the Cu Chi tunnels

Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi

In Ho Chin Minh city (ex Saigon) with Le Hoang Quan, war veteran and now head of the region

In Hanoi the Argentine president met with head of state Truong Tan Sang to discuss possible agreements on biotechnology, agriculture and nuclear energy as well as to celebrate the forty years of diplomatic relations between the two countries which started in 2013.

“The visit has a special significance because we are celebrating the 40 years of relations between our countries”, said Cristina Fernandez adding the will contribute “to give greater density to our official and economic exchange”.

The Argentine president emphasized it was an honour for her and her delegation to be in the country “which is an icon of the struggles of our generation”. Likewise “we’re happy because Argentina was the third Latin American country after Fidel Castro’s Cuba, Salvador Allende’s Chile to recognize unified Vietnam”

Before entering the presidential palace Cristina Fernandez visited the monument to the national heroes and martyrs which remembers the fallen in the liberation wars against France and United States and the mausoleum which holds the remains of the country’s leader Ho Chin Minh.

In 1973, Argentina was temporarily ruled by an envoy of Juan Peron at the time still in Spain, Hector Campora who represented the left wing of the Peronist movement and was supported by the militant youth groups and guerrillas. On the return of Peron as president with his conservative advisors, the situation rapidly deteriorated and most youth groups went back underground this time to fight against the elected government.

It was during Campora’s time that Argentina in 1973 recognized a united Vietnam when the US was still heavily involved in the war. The youth group which works (with government funds) under the leadership of Cristina’s son, Maximo is named ‘Campora’ in honour to that brief spell of the radical left.

Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang underlined that the presence of her Argentine visitor represented “a fundamental thrust for bilateral relations and the future of our countries” and praised the work of Cristina Fernandez as the leader of the Argentine people. “I bode you continue with your people’s conquests and the role Argentina will have in the region as in the world”.

The Argentine president later met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and with the president of the National Assembly, Nguyen Sin Hung.

Before flying to Hanoi Cristina Fernandez spent time a the city of Ho Chi Mingh (former capital of South Vietnam, Saigon) where she visited the Cu Chi tunnels used by the army of North Vietnam and the Viet Cong guerrilla to fight the French and the US troops.

The Cu Chin tunnels are a symbol of Vietnamese unification and victory over France and the US.

Meeting with Le Hoang Quan, head of the Ho Chi Mingh region People’s Committee and a war veteran, Cristina Fernandez expressed her admiration for the “wonderful struggle of the Vietnamese people in search of their independence” adding that following unification “today you are an example of participation at world level and of defence of world peace”.

She recalled that when the fall of Saigon in April 1975, “I was working and a fellow came in to tell us Saigon had fallen, which was so important for our generation”, but she also admitted with a smile “I now see how time has passed”.

However her host was quick and replied “don’t worry, the day you remember I was fighting and when we finally achieved reunification I went as governor to a province close to Ho Chin Minh, so that is why we can say that time passes quickly for both of us”.

Le Hoang Quan pointed out that “Argentina’s and Latinamerica’s support for the people of Vietnam was always fundamental, which helped us integrate to the world and now to the economic development of our country”.

The Vietnamese leader then invited the Argentine delegation to visit the Reunification Palace and Museum, which holds historic documents and assets of when the palace was the official resident of the South Vietnamese president.

Quan admitted to have participated as a guerrilla in several attacks against the palace and the US embassy and was present when the North Vietnamese tanks broke into the palace grounds thus marking the end of the war and reunification of Vietnam under the leadership of Hanoi.

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1 Shed-time (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 02:08 pm Report abuse
This makes me want to cringe. I'm not sure whether it's just all the sycophancy.
2 reality check (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 02:18 pm Report abuse
My god, what excruciating ass kissing, bet she still spiiting out his anal hair! 10/10 on the creepometer, story makes you cringe.

As for him:
“I bode you continue with your people’s conquests and the role Argentina will have in the region as in the world”.

Talk about encouraging her dillusions of granduer. He should be up on mental cruelty charges.
3 ElaineB (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 02:26 pm Report abuse
But that is the way they speak in that part of the world - don't read too much into it.
4 reality check (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 02:29 pm Report abuse
You and I know that, the problem is, she does not! cruel of him to encourage her.
5 Shed-time (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 02:31 pm Report abuse
“I bode you continue with your people’s conquests”.... if that's not irony, I don't know what is.
6 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 02:39 pm Report abuse
@4 She is oblivious to cultural nuance. Sometimes I wonder if any of these foreign leaders laugh when she leaves the room. Her face in these shots is scarier than usual.
7 andy65 (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 02:52 pm Report abuse
After all that bollocks talking no mention on support for SS Kirchners colonial asperations over The Falkland Islands
8 Usurping Pirate (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 03:02 pm Report abuse
An interesting re-writing of history :
According to the papers , but not mentioned here , she compared HoChiMinh to San Martin , implying that San Martin was a left wing revolutionary , which he patently wasn't .
Furthermore , she never mentioned Peron or Evita , whom she is subtly trying to airbrush out of Argentine history .
9 surfer (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 03:03 pm Report abuse
A moron for her generation
A micron for her generation
A con for her generation
10 JohnN (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 03:04 pm Report abuse
While Argentina has some problem with human rights, freedom and corruption, all of those indicators appear to be at least marginally better than those of Vietnam.

However, on the Global Peace Index, Vietnam currently ranks lower (more peaceful) than Argentina, which might be attributable in part to CFK's strident anti-Falkland Islands position?


Freedom House - Viet Nam:

Corruption Perception Index 2012:

Global Peace Index:

11 CJvR (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 04:44 pm Report abuse
Vietnam also have Island problems, strange the traditional whining about the Falklands seems to have been excluded. Perhaps the Vietnamese demanded a supporting statement about the South China Sea to “support” KFC regarding the Falklands.
12 Conqueror (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 05:50 pm Report abuse
I'm absolutely amazed. Perhaps even dumbfounded. Vietnam and arsieland must be two of the most advanced countries in the world. Read the relevant part of the article again. “as well as to celebrate the forty years of diplomatic relations between the two countries which started in 2013.” When did they jointly develop time travel?
13 ChrisR (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 05:59 pm Report abuse

INDEC supplied the data!
14 scottbart (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 06:12 pm Report abuse
what no mention of the falklands? she couldnt figure out a way to mention them no matter how off topic as the norm?
I wonder if she has ever seen a crisp shaped like the islands or perhaps her tea leaves form the shape?
15 briton (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 07:42 pm Report abuse
I bode you continue with your people’s conquests!!

There, the cats out of the bag, Argentina c/o CFK on her future conquests,
CFK just want her very own argentine Empire,
Is this not true,..
She recalled that when the fall of Saigon in April 1975, “I was working and a fellow came in to tell us Saigon had fallen, which was so important for our generation”, she also admitted with a smile

[Are we to suppose that if CFK could have, she would have, brought
Argentina into the Vietnam war, against the Americans, or are we just suggesting wrongly lol.]
And no mention of their support for the Falklands against the British pirates,
Or was she quietly warned that to insult or infer against the islands, could we be misinterpreted by the Americans and the French, as an insult..

No mention of the Falklands,
She was very happy playing [ GO APE] was she not .
16 andy65 (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 07:55 pm Report abuse
Any truth that Kirchner was seen handing $$$$ bills to the British crew of the luxury British jet she used on HER HOLIDAYS muttering the words support me over Malvinas Support me and there's more of these$$$
17 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 07:57 pm Report abuse
15 Briton

She wasn't paling Go Ape she was having her hiding hole tailor made to fit her. That's where she'll have to hide when it all finally implodes and the unions and her paid thugs all turn on her. A bit like where they found Saddam.
18 Shed-time (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 08:23 pm Report abuse
Is the top photo one of her visiting Nestor at the family graveyard?
19 andy65 (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 11:12 pm Report abuse
A little of topic but perhaps our Argentine friends should take a look at the BBC News and at Prince Harry interview then ask yourself WHAT DOES MAXIMO DO FOR ARGENTINA
20 Britninja (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 01:12 am Report abuse
@19 Aww don't be so hard on Maximo. He took a tour of another of Argentina's magnificent navy vessels and... Oh um...
21 Frank (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 01:34 am Report abuse
' is currently leaning to port and under the risk of sinking.'

risk of sinking? I think must of us would define that as 'sunk'
22 Nostrolldamus the 8th (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 02:44 am Report abuse

Of course you forgot the minor detail that the ship had already been scrapped.

With that completely incidental fact out of the way, you can continue with your lying and scurril.
23 Frank (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 03:07 am Report abuse
@22 rollocks.... its laid up
24 Nostrolldamus the 8th (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 03:13 am Report abuse

I'm just pointing that out, not expecting you as a Briton to actually acknowledge the truth. Truth doesn't exist in your country.

That's how all the major European countries built their empires after all, lies after lies after lies. Disgusting folk.
25 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 03:23 am Report abuse
10 JohnN
“While Argentina has some problem”...Canada send terrorists around the globe.

“Two Canadians among terrorists in Algeria”

“Canadian 'co-ordinated' terrorist attack says Algerian PM”
26 Frank (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 03:42 am Report abuse
@24 She was laid up in reserve with possible plans to make her into a museum ship.... she is one of the two largest units in the RG navy... built in the same yard as Liberturd... a masterpiece of RG workmanship etc etc...

She has now sunk because the RG Navee can't even look after the ships they have in reserve.
Back to your books boyo.... scrapped means turned into scrap metal.
27 JohnN (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 03:44 am Report abuse
Canada didn't send any terrorists anywhere, and so far, only unconfirmed reports of a couple of hostage-takers' bodies who may have had Canadian passports on them have been found.

If confirmed to be legitimate Canadian citizens, we have way more terrorists in jail and going through the courts than just those two (apparently now dead). Example:

Even before assisting France in Mali with its current Opération Serval, Canada has also been target of extremism, whether home-grown or imported:

By the way, are Argentines who were responsible for or participated as support for the AMIA bombing in BA that killed 84 and injured hundreds on July 18, 1994 in jail yet?
28 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 04:02 am Report abuse
updated Algeria says 2 Canadians among militants in hostage-taking
29 toooldtodieyoung (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 07:02 am Report abuse
24 Tito The Clown Troll

“Truth doesn't exist in your country.”

Don't embarrass yourself any further.........seriously, don't.
30 Huntsman Extraordinaire (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 08:12 am Report abuse
Loving the holiday snap, looks like shes having a lovely time on our money - I say ours cos lets face it, Argentina hasn't REALLY got any money and you can bet your life she didn't use 'hers' (not even read the article yet - just seen the photo)
31 Boovis (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 09:53 am Report abuse
China is being taken to a UN tribunal over the border disputes in the south china seas. So, remind me why Argentina won't do the same regarding the Falklands...?
32 Clyde15 (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 11:00 am Report abuse
#24 Nosferatu
“That's how all the major European countries built their empires after all, lies after lies after lies. Disgusting folk”

Yes, it is still carried on by their descendant colonists in Argentina even after we saw the error in our ways and freed our former colonies.!
33 ElaineB (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 11:30 am Report abuse
I see Timerman got a public telling-off for giving CFKC false information for her speech in Vietnam- thus making her look stupid (again). I thought he was teflon Timerman.
34 Shed-time (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 11:49 am Report abuse
@33 was it more about her 'acclaimed law career'? What did 'the awkward american' do this time?
35 mastershakejb (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 01:15 pm Report abuse
Its hilarious how the blue dollar market is “illegal”, but its done in every center of every town across Argentina in broad daylight in major city center buildings in front of clearly those dollars are going to Cristina, along with any profits attained from them. I know this from personal experience cause I was there myself, and everywhere I walked someone was offering to trade my dollars for blue rate, and I'd walk into city center buildings right in front of police and all, and “illegally” trade my dollars.
36 ElaineB (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 01:46 pm Report abuse
@34 He gave her a fictitious account of the history between Argentina and Vietnam (you can make you own jokes here) and she spouted it in her speech as fact. (Too many jokes....)
37 slattzzz (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 02:50 pm Report abuse
So nostril anus just let her sink and get nothing instead of scrap value worth millions makes sense eh dickhead
38 reality check (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 03:34 pm Report abuse
Maximao has just been promoted to General Crap and placed in charge of the new Viet Campora!
39 Musky (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 03:57 pm Report abuse
CFK thanks the 'Viet Cong' for their support in the world Malvinas Cause. CFK's tour takes in North Korea, Iraq and Belarus.
40 CaptainSilver (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 05:55 pm Report abuse
At last, I understand why she's that orange color, she's been Tangoed!
41 Gordo1 (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 06:32 pm Report abuse
And the US still takes a neutral stance in the matter of the Falklands/Malvinas?

Surely her remarks are a statement against the USA?
42 briton (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 07:16 pm Report abuse
that would be up to the Americans to reply
17 Joe Bloggs
[ I like it lol. ]
43 Nostrolldamus the 8th (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 07:25 pm Report abuse
Now we know why US universities are the best in the world... they make sure only the “best” make it out... literally!
44 Pirat-Hunter (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 08:15 pm Report abuse
we love CFK that's why she was elected and we will support a bid for her re-election. Let those who hate her form their own party and win the upcoming election, good luck and may the best woman win! Lol
Outsider should bring their ideas to fruit in their own nations before dictating to CFK, Argentina is a democracy not an armed dictatorship supported by the west.
islas Malvinas Argentina is not negotiable.
45 ElaineB (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 09:02 pm Report abuse
@44 Once again for the slow on the uptake - PH - this is a comment board and anyone is welcome to make their opinions known. They do not need your permission.

You have no dog in the race either, you don't live in Argentina so whoever is in power has no bearing on you whatsoever but you comment here. See, anyone can comment, even you.
46 Clyde15 (#) Jan 22nd, 2013 - 09:15 pm Report abuse
I will allow you this time to use Islas Malvinas instead of their correct title of the Falkland Islands.

I agree wholeheartedly with what you say - the sovereignty of the Islands are non-negotiable.
47 scottbart (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 12:18 am Report abuse
@Pirat-Hunter (44)
The UK has been a democracy for hundreds of years and it is thanks to the UK that Argentina is now a democracy, and yes you are quite right the Falklands arent not negotiable and will remain with the UK, which is what the islanders will no doubt decide.

What you need to start thinking about is the fact that even if the Islands were originally argentine it isnt the present days peoples fault because it would have been 180years ago!! There is no way in the modern world those peoples wishes can now be ignored, one of the best ways argentina could prove they have grown up as a nation is to leave those islanders alone in peace.
48 Frank (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 06:18 am Report abuse
No comment on her way out the door about Vietnam's support re the Falklands or her support over the Spratlys.

Funny that... but then I see today that China has told Australia to keep her opinions to herself re the islands in dispute in east asia. I find these Chinese territorial claims far scarier than anything KFC can pull out of the hat..

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