Following his participation in the G20 Summit held in New Delhi, US President Joe Biden is scheduled to embark on a one-day visit to Vietnam on September 10. During his visit, President Biden will head to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, to engage in discussions with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other leaders. The visit is anticipated to yield significant outcomes in various domains of cooperation between the two nations.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued an official statement, indicating that the leaders of the United States and Vietnam will explore opportunities to foster the growth of a technology-focused and innovation-driven Vietnamese economy. The engagement will also encompass expanding people-to-people ties through education exchanges and workforce development programs. Additionally, the discussions will center around addressing climate change challenges and promoting peace, prosperity, and stability within the region, as reported by the Associated Press.
In conjunction with his visit to Vietnam, President Biden’s itinerary includes a stopover in Alaska. There, he will commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks that deeply impacted the United States. Biden will participate in a memorial ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, alongside military personnel, first responders, and their families, according to the statement by Jean-Pierre.
The US administration has been actively seeking to enhance relations with Vietnam, a country that has carefully navigated diplomatic engagements with various global partners, including China and Russia. Diplomatic relations between the US and Vietnam were only restored in 1995, and since then, bilateral trade has flourished, reaching $138 billion in goods trade last year.
President Biden’s visit to Vietnam follows a landmark summit he hosted earlier in the month, involving the leaders of Japan and South Korea, held at the US presidential retreat of Camp David. This summit aimed to consolidate a new economic and security agreement among the nations. Biden’s strategic approach is evident in his efforts to unite South Korea and Japan, traditionally historic rivals, against shared concerns related to Chinese assertiveness in the Pacific and the nuclear program of North Korea.
As President Biden’s visit to Vietnam approaches, the international community anticipates strengthened bilateral ties, enhanced regional stability, and collaborative efforts to address pressing global challenges.