Vietnam - US relations in
the fields of politics - diplomacy; security - defense, economy – trade - investment,
health care, education... continue to have positive developments.
Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended the US - Vietnam Business Summit in March
2022. (Photo: Duong Giang/VNA)
On the occasion of the
27th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam
and the United States (July 12, 1995 - July 12, 2022), especially after two
years when the whole world was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the two parties
have restarted contacts, exchanges of delegations, efforts to promote bilateral
In terms of politics - diplomacy,
Vietnam - US relations, over the past time, has continued to develop
Immediately after the pandemic
has been brought under control, the two parties have had contacts and exchanges
of delegations at all levels, including high - level ones, notably the
bilateral activities with the United States of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on
the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (in September 2021) and
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's visit to the United States and the United
Nations on the occasion of the ASEAN - US Special Summit (in May 2022), as well
as the meetings of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh with US President Joe Biden
and Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry on the sidelines of the 26th Conference
of the Parties (COP 26) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) (in October 2021).
Vietnam also successfully
received many US delegations, including the delegation of US Vice President
Kamala Harris (in August 2021), US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (in July
2021), US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (in February 2022),
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman (in June 2022)... The two parties flexibly
maintain online dialogue mechanisms and do correspondence by text and telephone
During the exchanges, the
US party has reaffirmed its commitment to support a "strong, independent
and prosperous" Vietnam, continued to appreciate the position ofVietnam and
attached importance to the relationship with Vietnam, suggested that two
parties should strengthen cooperation ties, especially in the fields of economy - trade, security - defence,
Regarding economy – trade
- investment cooperation, bilateral trade continues to grow strongly with the
total two-way trade turnover of more than 52 billion USD as of May. The United
States continues to be Vietnam's largest export market, and Vietnam becomes the
9th largest trading partner of the United States.
The two parties are
boosting two-way trade in a more balanced manner to ensure sustainable
development; at the same time, continue to maintain dialogue to strengthen
cooperation and resolve backlogs of issues in trade relations.
President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. receiving Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh
in May 2022. (Photo: Duong Giang/VNA)
During the visit to the
US led by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (in May, 2022), businesses of the two
countries exchanged many cooperation agreements and commercial contracts with a
total value of more than 30 billion USD.
In the first six months
of this year, US direct investment in Vietnam has reached 231 million USD with
36 new projects, among the top 10 major
investors in Vietnam, not including the figures of US investment into the third
Large US enterprises
continue to pay attention and invest in the Vietnamese market. The US party
expresses its willingness to promote cooperation in prior areas of Vietnam such
as infrastructure development, supply chain and digital economy. On March 29,
Vinfast Group signed a contract to build an electric vehicle and battery plant
worth of 4 billion USD in North Carolina.
Security - defense
cooperation has been actively maintained with diverse cooperation contents,
notably the exchange of delegations, high-level contacts, cooperation in
overcoming war consequences and improving maritime capacity.
There are some prominent
Vietnam, including those of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (in July,
2021) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control,
Verification, and Compliance Alexandra Bell (in June, 2022)....
During the exchanges, the
two parties highly appreciate bilateral relations in general and security - defense
cooperation in particular; emphasizes the importance of cooperation on many
important issues. The two parties are actively promoting annual dialogue
mechanisms and coordinating the implementation of the Pacific Partnership 22 in
Phu Yen (in June, 2022).
handover of the remains of US soldiers missing during the war in Vietnam on
July 9, 2021. (Photo: VNA/broadcast)
The issue of overcoming
the consequences of war continues to be a priority. The search for remains of
US soldiers missing during the Vietnam War (MIA), the search for Vietnamese
martyrs, the affairs of handling dioxins issues, and supporting people with
disabilities continue to be promoted. Vietnam has actively coordinated with the
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement a
Memorandum of Intent (MOI) on cooperation to improve the capacity of examining
remains during the war.
During a visit to
Vietnam, First Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Deputy Secretary
of State Wendy Sherman announced that the US would add an additional budget of 19
million USD in 2022 to support Vietnam for bomb, mine clearance.
Education cooperation has
made many positive strides. Recently, the two parties has promoted education - training
cooperation and technology transfer.
The United States
International Development Finance (DFC) announces the US Government financed
the budget of 37 million USD for Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) to build a
campus in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City; continues to coordinate in preparing
for US volunteers to come to Vietnam to teach English. Currently, Vietnam has 6
US - invested educational institutions in Hanoi City, Ho Chi Minh City, Quang
Ninh, Hai Phong, and Binh Duong provinces.
Medical cooperation and
response to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be a bright spot, especially in
supporting each other in medical equipment, access to vaccines, sharing
experience in pademic prevention and control and citizen protection. Vietnam
actively lobbied the US party to support Vietnam in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until now, the United
States has supported Vietnam with more than 50 million doses of vaccines,
including nearly 40 million doses through the COVAX mechanism. The US party
transferred to Vietnam 111 deep freezers to preserve Pfizer's vaccines;
proposed to provide aid to the US-made CUE rapid test kit and coordinate the
transfer of the latest mRNA vaccine technology and therapeutic drugs to
USAID sponsored the
installation of a liquid oxygen system at Bach Mai hospital during the visit of
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. The US party also opened a regional
CDC office in Hanoi on the occasion of Vice President Kamala Harris's visit.
Regarding regional and
international cooperation, the two countries continue to closely coordinate in
international and regional issues of mutual concern and prevention of the
COVID-19 pandemic; especially within the framework of the United Nations
Security Council and within ASEAN mechanisms.
The above outstanding
cooperation achievements have been showing fruitful prospects in the Vietnam - US