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PM to attend ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit in U.S. this week

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will attend the ASEAN-US Special Summit in the United States at the invitation of President Joe Biden from May 11 to 17, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the ASEAN-US Special Summit, which will be held in Washington D.C. on May 12 and 13 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of their bilateral partnership, the leaders of the ASEAN countries and the U.S. president will review and assess their relations over the past 45 years and come up with orientations to develop their relations in the future.

They will also discuss regional and international issues, the local media reported.

Within the framework of the summit, the United States and the ASEAN countries will hold in-depth discussions on their cooperation in trade, investment, maritime security, post-pandemic adaptation and recovery, adaptation to climate change, energy, science, technology and sustainable infrastructure development.

The Vietnam-United States partnership has developed strongly over the years. Leaders of the two countries have maintained visits and dialogues at all levels.

The United States has affirmed its commitment to support a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam, highly valued the country’s position, attached importance to the partnership with Vietnam, and suggested enhancing ties between the two countries, especially in trade, defense-security, healthcare and energy.

The two countries’ bilateral trade grew strongly last year, reaching US$111.56 billion. The United States was Vietnam’s biggest importer, while Vietnam was the ninth-largest trade partner of the United States.

As of March this year, the United States had poured US$10.3 billion into Vietnam, ranking 11th among 141 countries and territories making investments in Vietnam.

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