10 May 2022
Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said that Vietnam sees the US as an important partner, and that good bilateral relations would benefit regional peace and security.
On Tuesday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Minh Chinh embarks on a week-long visit to the US to attend the ASEAN-US summit.
The summit, hosted by US President Joe Biden, is scheduled for May 12 and 13. According to a statement posted on the ASEAN website, Biden and leaders from 10 ASEAN nations will discuss means to intensify cooperation in various areas, ranging from the COVID-19 response and global health security, to climate change and maritime cooperation, as well as other international and regional issues.
During the trip, Chinh is also scheduled to meet other US top officials and visit the headquarters of the United Nations. Vietnam and US bilateral ties have come a long way since the two former enemies normalized relations almost 30 years ago.
The two countries are now top trading partners, with trade turnover last year amounting to 111 billion US dollars.
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