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PM Chinh to visit Australia, New Zealand

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, accompanied by his spouse, is set to attend the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia dialogue relations and will also visit Australia and New Zealand from March 5 to 11.

The invitations to visit Australia and New Zealand came from Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon.

PM Chinh will join with other leaders from ASEAN and Timor-Leste in the special summit and meet with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Melbourne from March 4 to 6, according to a press release from the Australian Government office.

He will hold talks with his Australian counterpart to enhance relations between the two countries in line with the comprehensive strategic partnership established in 2021.

Vietnam and Australia established diplomatic relations in 1973 and elevated them to a strategic partnership in 2018 and a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2021. The two countries are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations (1973-2023).

In 2023, bilateral trade between Vietnam and Australia totaled US$13.8 billion. Australia is currently Vietnam’s seventh-largest trading partner, while Vietnam is among the top 10 trading partners of Australia.

Vietnam and New Zealand elevated their diplomatic relations to a strategic partnership in July 2020 after 45 years of diplomatic ties. Currently, Vietnam is New Zealand’s 14th largest trading partner.

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