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A visit to create a common vision in cooperation

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Overseas Vietnamese and officials of the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington DC welcome Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the Faimont Washington DC hotel at dawn on May 11 – Photo: NGUYEN KHANH

The conference was held on May 12 and 13 after many delays.

In the context of the Russia-Ukraine conflict attracting almost all the attention of world powers, the hosting of this summit by the US shows a “long-term commitment” to ASEAN and the Indian Ocean region. The Pacific is a priority in the US national security strategy.

A strong and united ASEAN is always what the US government wants. In the Indo-Pacific strategy announced in February 2022, the US mentioned the concept of “empowered ASEAN” as an important factor along with other multilateral partners and alliances such as the Dialogue Quartet. Security forces include the US, Australia, India and Japan to maintain “promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific that is more connected, prosperous, secure and resilient”.

Therefore, the US re-affirms its commitment, invests resources in ASEAN, promotes partnership initiatives, trade links, creates shared vision values, and promotes ASEAN’s central role in the development of ASEAN. handling regional issues are important points to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific in the context that China is identified as a “strategic rival” of the US.

However, that does not mean that there are no more issues to overcome between the US and ASEAN. ASEAN is still confused with a number of internal issues, as well as US resources are now focused too much on Europe.

Although the multilateral relationship between the US – ASEAN needs many new motivations to promote a strong, empowered and independent ASEAN under pressure from other powers, the bilateral relationship between Vietnam and the US is showing signs of improvement. many good results in recent years.

The United States is the country that is considered to help Vietnam the most in its efforts to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data from the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, by the end of April 2022, the US has donated nearly 40 million doses of vaccines to Vietnam.

In addition, in 2021, the US will also upgrade the US CDC Office in Hanoi into a CDC office for the entire Southeast Asia region.

The trade-economic relationship is witnessing outstanding growth despite the COVID-19 pandemic when the total turnover increased by more than 21 billion USD in 2021 compared to 2020, reaching 111 billion in the past year.

The Vietnam – US relationship is currently developing beyond the title of “comprehensive partnership” when the two sides are expressing a common strategic vision for Vietnam’s development, as well as a vision for the stability of Vietnam. development decision of Southeast Asia, of which Vietnam is an increasingly important factor.

Vietnam’s important role in ASEAN comes not only from political and diplomatic factors but also from the economic strength and prestige of Vietnam over the past time.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s visit to the US also marks a rather diverse working schedule, not only with political officials but also with business people, as well as US research and policy agencies. showing the cohesion as well as the desire to promote the bilateral relations deeper and deeper from the Vietnamese side.

The trend of diversified cooperation of the two countries is expected to increase rapidly in the near future when both countries have successfully controlled the COVID-19 epidemic and are creating a common vision for cooperation between the two countries.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will certainly make many impressions during this visit to the US to bring the two countries’ relations into a new stage.

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