Biden meets Vietnamese Prime Minister: I have deep feelings for the country and people of Vietnam
2022-05-14: [Article Link]
According to the website of the Government of Viet Nam, during his visit to the ASEAN-United States Special Summit and to the United States and the United Nations, the Prime Minister of the Government of Viet Nam, Fan Mingjing, met with President Biden of the United States at the White House on the evening of 12 May.
According to Fan Mingjing, Viet Nam’s relationship with the United States is a special one. The two countries have moved beyond the pain of the past war to work together to advance a comprehensive partnership in various areas of the United States that is becoming more pragmatic and effective. Viet Nam hoped that the United States and Viet Nam would work together in areas where the United States had advantages and Viet Nam's needs, such as prevention and control of the epidemic, digital transformation, diversification of supply chains, combating climate change, human resources training, etc. Biden expressed his personal feelings towards the Vietnamese nation and people. Biden expressed the willingness of the United States, as a developed country, to assist countries in a wide range of areas such as economic and trade, disease prevention and climate change.
In particular, with regard to disease prevention and control, Biden stated that he called on the United States Congress to allocate $21 billion to assist the countries of the world with the Covid-19 vaccine, drugs, sanitary equipment and to contribute to the interests of the international community by strengthening cooperation with States in responding effectively to possible future diseases. Fan Mingjing agreed that climate change, disease and other non-traditional security challenges were global problems and therefore called for global solutions, increased multilateralism and solidarity in tackling them. With regard to international and regional exchanges of views of common interest, Biden and Fan Mingjing agreed to respect the independent sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions of States, to refrain from the use of force, to settle disputes and conflicts by peaceful means and to ensure the free and safe passage of navigation, in accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations, in conformity with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Fan Mingjing also conveyed to Biden the invitation of Viet Nam’s central secretary-general, Nguyen Fu-chung, and national president, Nguyen Chun Fook. Biden thanked and indicated that he would visit Viet Nam at the appropriate time.
In addition, Viet Nam News Agency reported that on the morning of 13 May local time, Prime Minister Fan Mingjing of the Government of Viet Nam met with United States Secretary of State Blinken (Antony Blinken) in Washington.
Fan Mingjing congratulated the United States on its timely efforts to combat Covid-19 Pandemic and thanked the Government and people of the United States for donating nearly 40,000,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Viet Nam during its most difficult period to help it combat the epidemic.
According to Fan Mingjing, the relationship between the United States and the United States has changed through the years and has made great strides. The two countries, based on mutual respect for their political institutions, independent sovereignty and territorial integrity, have established a comprehensive partnership that contributes to peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world, bringing tangible benefits to their peoples.
According to Fan Mingjing, the United States is one of Viet Nam’s most important partners. In recent years, the two countries have exchanged delegations at all levels, and bilateral trade has grown steadily, reaching nearly $112 billion in 2021.
In accordance with the principles of sincerity, trust, mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, Fan Mingzheng recommended that the United States continue to help Viet Nam resolve the legacy of the war and cooperate with Viet Nam in addressing such global issues as the epidemic, climate change, ground deposition in the Kowlong River Delta and the sustainable supply chain.
Blinken says that the US supports a strong, independent, and prosperous Vietnam, and considers resolving the legacy of war as one of its top priorities in relations with the United States. The US will continue to work closely with Viet Nam in this area.
While congratulating Viet Nam on the results achieved in the prevention and control of the epidemic, and welcoming the commitments made by Viet Nam at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), Blinken stressed that the United States would support Viet Nam in achieving those commitments.
In addition, Fan Mingjing also met with the United States National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, in Washington, D.C. In his address, Fan Mingjing valued the role played by the United States National Security Council in organizing the ASEAN-United States Special Summit with ASEAN Countries Coordination.
According to Fan Mingjing, since the normalization of relations between the United States and the United States, the two countries have engaged in constructive dialogue in a spirit of sincerity, trust and responsibility to overcome their difficulties together and have made great strides. Viet Nam, which has always regarded the United States as one of the most important partners, is ready to work with the United States to further promote the long-term stability and pragmatic development of the comprehensive partnership between the two countries, to achieve mutual benefit and win-win benefits and to make a positive contribution to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world as a whole. Sullivan stressed that the US respects the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and differences in political systems of partner states. At the same time, the US values Viet Nam’s ability to respond to challenges.