Vietnam wants US to respect its political institutions and differences

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives US Ambassador Marc Knapper on March 30, 2022 (US Embassy in Hanoi)

At a meeting with US Ambassador Marc Knapper on the afternoon of March 30, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reaffirmed that “the United States is one of Vietnam’s most important partners” but expressed his desire for Washington to respect the “political institutions and differences” of Hanoi.

Vietnam wishes to work with the United States to continue to deepen the Comprehensive Partnership, which is effective and substantive on the basis of respect for independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, political institutions, and differences. differences,” Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh was quoted as saying by the Vietnam Government Electronic Newspaper.

Ambassador Knapper just had a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to discuss opportunities to deepen the Vietnam-US relationship, including cooperation on clean energy and global health,” said the US Embassy in Vietnam on March 31.

Vietnam’s state-controlled media quoted Ambassador Knapper as committed: “The United States will do all it can to support Vietnam.”

The US diplomat believes that Vietnam’s program for rapid recovery and sustainable development will be successful, contributing to leading the process of economic recovery and development in the post-pandemic region.

Ambassador Knapper reaffirmed the United States’ desire to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN countries and the Indo-Pacific region for peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region. new strategies and initiatives such as the Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Mr. Chinh and Mr. Knapper also discussed the position of ASEAN countries in ensuring security, safety, and freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, and peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of international law. including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982.

It is expected that this week, Mr. Derek Chollet, senior adviser to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, will meet with high-ranking State and Government officials of Hanoi to reaffirm the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership.

Advisor Chollet and Vietnamese leaders will discuss opportunities to further strengthen Vietnam-U.S. economic and security cooperation,” the State Department said in a statement.

In addition, adviser Chollet will also emphasize the importance of human rights when meeting with Vietnamese leaders, an issue that Hanoi often considers “differences” in the bilateral relationship between Vietnam and the US.

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