Vietnam’s new President Truong Tan Sang, meeting with Hillary Clinton in Hawaii this month, declared the US is a leading strategic partner that Vietnam needs to help achieve peace, stability and development in Southeast Asia.
President Sang and the US Secretary of State affirmed both countries want to bolster multifaceted cooperation. They included political stability as well as commerce in their objectives, a reminder that the US has strategic interests in sovereignty disputes that have been heating up in the East Sea (South China Sea on maps made by anyone except residents of Vietnam and the Philippines).
The meeting was another step toward potential US re-engagement in Vietnam nearly four decades after the war that defined a generation of Americans.
Sang also met with US business leaders, Vietnamese students and Vietnamese Americans — a key American minority whose support today’s Vietnam badly needs.
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