Nguyễn Cơ Thạch

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Nguyễn Cơ Thạch
Nguyễn Cơ Thạch 1976.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam
In office
February 1987 – 8 August 1991
Prime Minister Phạm Văn Đồng
Phạm Hùng
Đỗ Mười
Preceded by Nguyễn Duy Trinh
Succeeded by Nguyễn Mạnh Cầm
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
February 1980 – August 1991
Preceded by Nguyễn Duy Trinh
Succeeded by Nguyễn Mạnh Cầm
Personal details
Born (1921-05-15)15 May 1921
Nam Định Province
Died 10 April 1998(1998-04-10) (aged 76)
Hanoi, Vietnam
Nationality Vietnamese
Political party Communist Party
Children Phạm Bình Minh

Nguyễn Cơ Thạch (15 May 1921 – 10 April 1998; birth name Phạm Văn Cương) was a Vietnamese revolutionary, diplomat, and politician. He was Foreign Minister of Vietnam from February 1980 to July 1991.[1] Thạch was seen as pragmatic and influential (given his representation in the Politburo).[2] His time in office coincided with part of Vietnam’s transition from an ideology-based alignment to the Soviet bloc towards a pragmatic approach to foreign policy, including the primacy of economic over ideological considerations, integration into ASEAN and closer relations with non-socialist countries.[2] However, Mr Thạch’s efforts to normalize relations with the United States were not successful.[1]

Nguyễn Cơ Thạch's son Phạm Bình Minh is the current Foreign Minister of Vietnam.[3]


  1. ^ a b Seth Mydans (12 April 1998) "Nguyen Co Thach, Hanoi Foreign Minister, 75". New York Times
  2. ^ a b Palmujoki, Eero (1999): "Ideology and Foreign Policy: Vietnam's Marxist-Leninist Doctrine and Global Challenge, 1986–96". Thayer, Carlyle A. & Amer, Ramses (ed.): Vietnamese Foreign Policy in Transition. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
  3. ^ Ngoại giao không đơn độc trong sứ mệnh bảo vệ chủ quyền.
Preceded by
Nguyễn Duy Trinh
Foreign Minister of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Nguyễn Mạnh Cầm