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An important milestone in the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the United States
22/12/2017 9:15' Send Print
President Tran Dai Quang welcomes President Donald Trump at the banquet. Photo: VNA

US President Donald Trump's visit to Vietnam was made at a time when the Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership has positively developed, particularly after the successful visit to the US of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on 29-31 May, 2017. The two sides have continued the exchange of delegations at all levels and actively implemented agreements reached during the visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. On that occasion, the two sides issued a Joint Declaration between the United States and Vietnam.

At the meetings, the two sides reaffirmed their commitments to deepening relations on the basis of the previous joint declarations between the two sides; respect for the United Nations Charter and international law; and each other's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and respective political systems. Both sides reviewed the relation between Vietnam and maintained that substantial results have been achieved, bringing about great benefits for the two peoples. During the state visit to Vietnam of President Donald Trump, the two sides issued a joint statement, committing to further deepen the Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership.

The two sides pledged to deepen and expand the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the United States and Vietnam through formal mechanisms, including the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA); seek resolution of remaining agricultural trade issues, including those regarding siluriformes, shrimp, and mangoes, and to promote free and fair trade and investment in priority areas, including electronic payment services, automobiles, and intellectual property rights enforcement.

The two sides affirmed their commitment to deepened defense cooperation and shared resolve to address regional security challenges; affirmed the 2018-2020 Plan of Action for United States-Viet Nam Defense Cooperation to implement the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Advancing Bilateral Defense Cooperation and the 2015 Joint Vision Statement on Defense Relations; reaffirmed the importance of continuing to cooperate to overcome the consequences of the war. The US pledged to cooperate with Vietnam in its efforts to locate its missing soldiers; and support the strengthening of relations between the two peoples.

The two sides committed to deepening the United States-ASEAN Strategic Partnership based on the principles outlined in the 2016 Sunnylands Declaration; reached consensus on the importance of peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Both leaders called for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and an early conclusion to an effective, legally binding Code of Conduct for the East Sea (COC). They further called for all East Sea claimants to clarify and comport their maritime claims in accordance with the international law of the sea as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and to implement their international legal obligations in good faith in managing or resolving these disputes.

In 2005, the United States became one of Vietnam's leading trade partners. The relationship between Vietnam and the United States has seen positive developments in all areas since the two countries established the comprehensive partnership in July 2013. Two-way trade turnover has increased steadily at 20% in recent years, estimated at US$53 billion in 2016, with Vietnam’s trade surplus at $30.9 billion. Currently, Vietnam ranks 16th among the leading trade partners of the United States.

President Donald Trump's visit to Vietnam has marked an important milestone in bilateral relations, creating a strong impetus for the effective and stable development of Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership. This is the first visit of US President Donald Trump to Vietnam and took place in his first year in office, showing respect to the relations with Vietnam, creating a basis for promoting Vietnam-US partnership in the future. At the same time, the visit showed that Vietnam has consistently pursued its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization, diversification, active and proactive participation in international integration. while setting store by boosting the relation with the US on the basis of respect for the political system, independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of each country, and contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Thùy Linh