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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Australia and participation in the ASEAN-Australia Summit
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australian Prime Minister Malcoln Turnbull sign the Joint Statement on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the two countries

Taking place at a time when the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), of which Vietnam and Australia are two members, was just concluded, the official visit to Australia was highlighted by the elevation of bilateral tie to strategic partnership, celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the signing of nearly 30 documents and agreements.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was greeted at the Parliament House of Australia with 19-gun salute and the highest-level welcome for the Head of Government.

The Prime Minister had talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; met with the Governor-General of Australia, President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives; met with lecturers, and students of Australian National University, Australia's leading university, the Australia-Vietnam Friendship Association; visited the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the Innovation Exhibition, introducing many collaborative projects with Vietnam on health, agriculture, water resource planning; met with outstanding overseas Vietnamese businessmen and intellectuals in Australia; attended the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia; and talked to overseas Vietnamese in Australia.

In Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and the largest financial and commercial center of Australia, the Prime Minister met with the Governor of New South Wales, carried out investment promotion activities and attended the Vietnam-Australia Business Forum with the participation of more than 400 businessmen and investors of the two countries.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed their satisfaction at the strong and substantive development of the Vietnam-Australia relations after 45 years of diplomatic relation establishment. The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of delegations, especially high-level delegations, and promote people-to-people exchanges; pledged to expand ministerial-level contacts in foreign affairs, defence and economics.

The two sides committed to strengthen cooperation in coping with common security challenges, including terrorism, transnational crime, people smuggling and human trafficking.

The two sides agreed to create maximum conditions for economic relations to develop comprehensively and enhance economic benefits in bilateral cooperation on the basis of promoting mutual support and great potential of the two countries' economies. The two leaders stressed that the deepened connectivity between the peoples of the two countries through education, cultural exchanges and tourism development were solid foundation of the current and future Strategic Partnership.

In addition to bilateral cooperation, the two sides also discussed extensively international and regional issues, committing to continue working closely and effectively in regional and international forums, including ASEAN, EAS, APEC, among others.

The two sides agreed on the importance of ensuring peace, stability, security, safety, freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea as well as the settlement of maritime disputes based on international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and supported the early conclusion of a legally-binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

After the talks, the two Prime Ministers signed a Joint Statement on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership and witnessed the signing of four important documents, opening up a new horizon for cooperation, and realization of a vision for a region of security openness and prosperity.

During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Governor-General of Australian Peter Cosgrove co-chaired the celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia.

The Prime Minister was also engaged in investment promotion activities, attended the Vietnam-Australia Business Forum and witnessed the signing ceremony of 18 cooperation agreements between the two sides; met, held dialogues and talks with many large corporations and businesses of Australia; and attended the inauguration of Radio Voice of Vietnam Bureau in Australia. The Prime Minister pointed out that Vietnam’s renovation has offered many opportunities that Australian investors should not miss. "Vietnam invites Australian investors in general and investors who are sitting here in particular to come to Vietnam and quickly grasp business opportunities which do not wait for anyone else before they are taken by other businesses," said the Prime Minister.

Under the theme "Strengthening Regional Security and Prosperity," the ASEAN-Australia Summit was an important forum for ASEAN-Australia leaders to discuss orientations for strengthening the Strategic Partnership set up since 2014, demonstrating Australia's strong commitment to the region as well as its relationship with ASEAN.

Speaking at the first Summit organized in Australia, the Vietnamese Prime Minister outlined important orientations for the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership, with two major priorities of enhancing economic cooperation and ensuring peace and security in the region.

On economic issues, the Prime Minister emphasized that the two sides need to maintain the economic linkage and open door for development and prosperity, firstly the effective implementation of the ASEAN-Australia and -New Zealand Free Trade Agreements, early conclusion of the negotiation on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), focusing on innovation, connectivity promotion and support for business development, and enhancement of the added value of ASEAN and Australian economies in the global value chain.

Regarding peace and security, the Prime Minister said that ASEAN and Australia, as key important partners in the region, should promote cooperation, strengthen trust and efforts to build an open, transparent and inclusive regional order, assuring that all states' conduct complies with international law and respects the interests of one another. ASEAN-led cooperative mechanisms are important forums for both sides to work on this endeavor.

Speaking at a restricted meeting on maritime cooperation, the Prime Minister proposed to build sea areas, including the East Sea, into regions of peace, security, safety, freedom of navigation and aviation. Therefore, it is necessary to abide by law and consider it as a foundation for building trust while applying a comprehensive approach to maritime cooperation. The Vietnamese delegation’s proactive participation and active contribution were highly appreciated by both Australia and ASEAN.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's visit to Australia and participation in the ASEAN-Australia Summit contributed to the creation of a new era in Vietnam-Australia cooperation and to the success of the ASEAN-Australia Summit, enhancing cooperation and connectivity between ASEAN and Australia in the coming time.

Nguyen Duc