Historical Dictionary



One of the most important and influential Vietnamese cadres working in Laos during both wars for Indochina. Fluent in Lao, he helped recruit and train Kaisôn Phomvihān during the Indochina War. He initiated the first efforts to create a genuine Lao party in 1953 and was in charge of political and party affairs “for all of Laos” (ca nuoc) before and after the signing of the Geneva Accords in mid-1954. He was, with General Chu Huy Man, instrumental in the transnational remaking of the Pathet Lao from mid-1954 until 1957. This full member of the Central Committee was the Vietnamese Worker’s Party’s most important behind-the-scenes player in Laos from the late 1940s well into the 1970s. See also ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE FOR THE FRONTIER; ADVISORY GROUP 100; COMMITTEE FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS; COMMITTEE FOR THE EAST, LAO ISSARA; HOANG VAN HOAN; NGUYEN THANH SON; PARTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.