His visit demonstrates the US‘s commitment to strengthening its partnership with Vietnam.
Trump is the first US president ever to visit Vietnam in the first year of his presidency.
|President Tran Dai Quang shakes hands with his US counterpart Donald Trump at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang on November 11, 2017
Bilateral ties, multilateral cooperation
Vietnam has emerged as a developing country with stable growth as a result of its economic reform and integration in Asia.
“First, the Vietnam-US relationship framework has taken shape. Their comprehensive partnership was established in 2013 and they have many shared interests in politics, economics, culture, and society. Second, the US considers Vietnam an increasingly important partner in the region. That’s why President Donald Trump has decided to visit Vietnam,” says Dr. Tran Viet Thai, a foreign policy analyst.
President Trump’s Vietnam visit has made media headlines. On the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son described the visit as symbolic.
“President Donald Trump’s attendance at the APEC Economic Leaders’ meeting and state visit to Vietnam sends a strong message about the US commitment to cooperation, connectivity, and prosperity in Asia-Pacific. Since 2013, the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership has flourished. I think that Mr. Trump’s state visit to Vietnam will open opportunities for the two countries to strengthen their partnership", he said.
Shared interests, future orientation
The Vietnam-US relationship has expanded in all fields and both countries hope to jointly address pending issues.
“We believe that the high-level visit is evidence of trust and a demonstration of the US firm commitment to consolidating ties with Vietnam and helping Vietnam in capacity building, socio-economic development, and integration. I am convinced that the visit, though short, will have positive outcomes,” says Dr. Tran Viet Thai.
"Believe you can and you're halfway there," Former US President Theodore Roosevelt noted. Trust has advanced the Vietnam-US relationship through numerous challenges since the normalization of their diplomatic relations in 1995. President Trump’s visit to Vietnam marks an important milestone and promises a bright future for bilateral ties.