Vietnam and the US have built relations of dynamic and effective development, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, expressing his belief that such ties will develop more strongly in the coming decades.
Talking to the press on April 15, Blinken stressed the two countries are cooperating for common interests, and that the US believes by supporting Vietnam’s wishes, it can promote its own goals, from creating jobs for people and enhancing the strength of US enterprises to making more strides to resolve the climate crisis and prevent pandemics.
|US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the press briefing in Hanoi on April 15__Photo: VNA|
The two sides also discussed mutual respect for the centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the close partnership via regional economic frameworks, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) that the US hosts this year and the Mekong-US partnership.
The US highly valued Vietnam’s indispensable role in the settlement of development challenges in the Mekong River region, Blinken went on, noting that his country is developing the bilateral economic partnership to help Vietnam boost important reforms in the fields of labor, intellectual property, and trade fairness, thus turning the Southeast Asian country into one of the fast-growing economies in the world.
The US believes that Vietnam can achieve its goal of becoming a connected and high-income country by 2045 by pursuing growth that lifts all communities while building resilience to adapt to climate change, according to the diplomat.
He added the US is activating the new bilateral climate initiatives that Vice President Harris announced during her visit to Vietnam in August 2021. It is capitalizing on such regional frameworks as the Just Energy Transition Partnership that Vietnam recently joined, in which it will invest USD 15.5 billion in helping Vietnam achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and carry out the Japan - US - Mekong Power Partnership.
The US is also cooperating in assisting Vietnam to build the public health capacity, including the establishment of a CDC Vietnam country office, the Secretary of State said, describing the close and fruitful cooperation amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a vivid demonstration of their ties in the period needing mutual assistance most.
He reaffirmed the US’s respect to Vietnam’s political institutions, independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, as well as support for a strong, independent, resilient, and prosperous Vietnam.
The diplomat also underscored the US’s commitment to address war consequences, including joint works to clear unexploded ordnance and the new USD 73 million contract to treat contaminated soil and sediment at Bien Hoa Air Base.- (VLLF)