Implement consistently the foreign policy line of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development; the foreign policy of openness and diversification and multilateralization of international relations. Proactively and actively engage in international economic integration while expanding international cooperation in other fields. Viet Nam is a friend and reliable partner of all countries in the international community, actively taking part in international and regional cooperation processes.

The tasks of foreign activity consist of solid preservation of peaceful environment and creation of favorable international conditions for renewal, accelerated socio-economic development, national industrialization and modernization, and construction and defense of the Homeland, while contributing actively to the common struggle of the world people for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress.

Deepen, stabilize and sustain the established international relations. Develop relations with countries and territories in the world and international    organizations in the principles of respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in each other’s international affairs; non-use or threat of force; settlement of disagreements and disputes by means of peaceful negotiations; mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.

Consolidate and strengthen relations with communist, workers’ and leftist parties, and national independence, revolutionary and progressive movements in the world. Continue broadening relations with parties in power.

Develop people-to-people external relations under the motto ”proactiveness, flexibility, creativeness and efficiency”. Actively participate in world people’s forums and activities, and contribute to the common struggle for peace, equitable and sustainable development, democracy and social progress. Intensify assistance mobilization efforts and raise the quality of cooperation with foreign non-governmental organizations for socio-economic development.

Proactively participate in the common struggle for human rights. Stay ready to hold dialogues with concerned countries and international and regional organizations on human rights issues. Resolutely foil schemes and acts of distortion and abuse of issues of ”democracy”, ”human rights”, ”ethnicity” and “religion” to interfere in our internal affairs and encroach upon Viet-nam’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, security and political stability.

Push ahead foreign economic activities, integrate more deeply and fully in global, regional and bilateral economic institutions, with national interests as the highest objective.

Proactively and actively engage in international economic integration following a roadmap in conformity with the national development strategy till 2010 and the 2020 vision. Make proper preparations for the signing of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements. Promote comprehensive and efficient cooperation with ASEAN and Asia-Pacific countries. Consolidate and develop reliable bilateral cooperation with strategic partners; effectively take advantage of opportunities and minimize challenges and risks following our accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Further innovate economic institutions, review legal documents, amend and improve the legal system with a view to ensuring harmony, consistency, stability and transparency. Improve the investment environment; attract inflows of FDI, ODA, portfolio investment, commercial credit, and other sources of capital. Accurately determine utilization goals and accelerate disbursement of ODA funds, improve management patterns, raise efficiency and have on-time debt service schedules; and keep a reasonable and safe foreign debt ratio.

Promote the role and dynamism of enterprises in all economic sectors as actors in international economic integration. Step up trade and investment promotion, strive for new outlets, products and trademarks. Encourage Vietnamese enterprises to set up cooperative and joint-venture projects with foreign enterprises and boldly invest overseas.

Push forward foreign-bound cultural and information work, thus helping enhance cooperation and friendship between ours and other peoples.

Cater for the training, fostering and forging of a contingent of foreign relations personnel with political steadfastness, proper command of foreign languages, high professional standards, and adequate ethical and moral qualifications.

Intensify research, forecasting and advisory work related to foreign relations, and mobilize the participation and wisdom of research institutions and scientists.

Ensure the Party’s unified leadership in and the State’s governance over external activities. Closely coordinate external activities of the Party, State and people; external political and external economic relations; foreign relations, national defense and security; and foreign-bound information and home-bound information.