Vietnam Plays Key Role in Shaping US-ASEAN Relations
|US President Joe Biden and ASEAN Leaders attend the US-ASEAN Special Summit. Photo: VNA|
According to the Jakarta Post, US President Joe Biden said that the US-ASEAN Special Summit on May 14 in Washington marked the start of a "new era" in the relationship between the US and ASEAN. .
According to analysts, in the statement after the two-day conference, the two sides took another symbolic step. It is a commitment to elevate the US-ASEAN relationship from a strategic partnership to a "comprehensive strategic partnership" by November.
The Biden administration hopes ASEAN sees that the US remains focused on the Indo-Pacific.
President Biden told ASEAN leaders that "a lot of the history of our world over the next 50 years will be written in the ASEAN countries. Our relationship with you is future, in the years and decades to come".
President Biden called the US-ASEAN partnership "important" and said: "We are entering a new era in the US-ASEAN relationship."
Vice President Kamala Harris said the United States would stay in Southeast Asia "for generations," stressing the need to maintain freedom in waters that the United States says are being challenged by China.
“The United States and ASEAN share a common vision for this region, and together we will defend and prevent threats to international rules and norms,” Harris said.
President Biden on May 13 also announced the nomination of Yohannes Abraham, chief of staff of the National Security Council, as the US ambassador to ASEAN - a position that has been vacant since the administration of former President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
Within the framework of the summit, Washington announced initiatives worth more than US$150 million to strengthen cooperation between the US and ASEAN. That includes a US$40 million investment in clean energy infrastructure, another US$60 million in maritime programs, mainly led by the U.S. Coast Guard, to help build the capacity of Southeast Asian nations to enforce the law of the sea.
Regarding the economy, President Biden is pushing for other initiatives, including an infrastructure investment project and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Two ASEAN countries, Singapore and the Philippines, are expected to be in the initial group negotiating to join the IPEF.
|Economic Times has a commentary on Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's visit to the US-ASEAN Special Summit.|
Important and responsible contributions
The high-ranking Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh made an important and responsible contribution to the overall success of the US-ASEAN Special Summit.
Economic Times has just published a commentary on Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's visit to the summit, a visit aimed at reaffirming Vietnam's role in stabilizing Southeast Asia.
According to the article, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh made a landmark visit to the United States to push partnership, including ASEAN-US relations. The visit demonstrates Vietnam's key position in shaping ASEAN-US relations.
Economic Times said that Vietnam is considered one of the promising economies in Southeast Asia with an expected gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 6 to 8%.
The article also recalls Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's statement on the central role of ASEAN as well as Vietnam's position on issues related to the Bien Dong Sea.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh expressed his hope that major countries, ASEAN's partners, can bring their relations to stability, compete in a healthy and responsible manner.
He wanted them to contribute to the region, respect the central role of ASEAN, respect international law, contribute to peace, security and stability in the region and in the world.
Vietnam reaffirmed ASEAN's stance on the Bien Dong Sea, emphasizing the peaceful settlement of all disputes and differences on the basis of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982.
Regarding the relationship between Vietnam and the United States, the article emphasizes that Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's visit continues to open up prospects for the bilateral relationship.
The efforts of the prime minister demonstrates how Vietnam wants to diversify its relations and be a responsible member of the international community.
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