Vietnam eager to spur wide-ranging cooperation with US

(VOVworld) – Vietnam attaches great importance to and wants to continue to develop extensive cooperation with the US for mutual benefit and development. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement at a meeting with the visiting Chairman of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee under the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Benjamin Cardin, in Hanoi on Wednesday. 

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (Right) receives US Senate Benjamin Cardin
in Hanoi on May 28th. (Photo: VGP)

Dung said Vietnam has joined with utmost responsibility the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations. He added that Vietnam wants the US to grant a flexible treatment in accordance with the negotiation process, thereby contributing to early successful conclusion of TPP negotiations. The Government leader thanked the US for voicing its protest against China’s illegal placement of its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. China’s actions have seriously violated international law, threatening peace and maritime security and safety in the East Sea. Prime Minister Dung expressed his hope that the US would to have a stronger voice against China’s illegal actions.

Senator Benjamin Cardin said the US wished to further promote multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam. He believed Vietnam, the US, along with other countries, will successfully conclude TPP negotiations. The US Senator stated that the US will continue to coordinate closely with Vietnam in overcoming the consequences of Agent Orange, mines and unexploded ordnance left by the war. In regard to the complex developments in the East Sea after China put its oil rig and deployed armed military ships and escort aircraft in Vietnam’s territorial waters, Senator Benjamin Cardin expressed his grave concern about China’s provocative actions. He said that China’s action is a particularly serious violation of international law, destabilizing the situation and directly threatening peace, stability, and maritime security and safety in the East Sea.