Vietnam Sends Congratulations To The United States On Independence Day

Vietnamese leaders have extended their congratulations to President Joe Biden on the 245th Independence Day of the United States (July 4, 1776 – 2021).
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Vietnam Sends Congratulations To The United States On Independence Day
Flags of Vietnam and the United States. Photo: Reuters

Vietnam’s State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on July 4 extended their congratulations to President Joe Biden on the 245th Independence Day of the United States (July 4, 1776 – 2021).

On this occasion, Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue also cabled congratulatory messages to President of the US Senate Kamala Harris and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

The same day, Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son congratulated US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Vietnam Sends Congratulations To The United States On Independence Day
US President Joe Biden. Photo: Reuters

CNN said after a pandemic-induced hiatus last year, many places in the US known for their Fourth of July celebrations will be back in action for 2021.

Meanwhile, scientists have warned that July 4 celebrations across the US risk accelerating the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, particularly in parts of the country where vaccination rates have lagged.

The US is preparing for a celebratory Independence Day weekend replete with parades, concerts and firework displays, in contrast to last year, when many large events were cancelled because of concern over the virus, according to Financial Times.

Despite progress in fighting the pandemic, experts say mass domestic travel and large gatherings may increase the spread of the Delta variant, especially among unvaccinated people, raising the prospect of localised surges in cases and hospitalisations.

Joe Biden has nevertheless pushed ahead with plans to host a July 4 party for more

Speaking to reporters on July 2, Biden said he was not worried that there would be a big outbreak but encouraged people to get vaccinated. His administration has already admitted it will not meet its goal of getting at least one jab to 70 percent of adults by the July 4 holiday./.

Workers prepare lychees for exports in the northern province of Bac Giang. Photo by VnExpress
Last year, Vietnamese exports to the US ranked third in Asia after China and Japan. Photo: VnExpress

Vietnam and the US managed to overcome their past animosity to normalize relations in 1995. Once bitter foes, they have become strategic partners since.

When President Bill Clinton announced on July 11, 1995 the normalization of relations with Vietnam, Vietnam War veteran and US Senator John McCain praised Clinton for an "act that required some courage."

It was seen as a political gamble then, and it had not come easy. The wounds of the Vietnam War and its aftermath were still fresh on both sides, but the healing process had to begin. Protracted negotiations bore sweet fruit 25 years ago today.

The US was Vietnam’s largest export market in the first four months with the value of shipments surging 50 percent year-on-year to $30.3 billion, VnExpress said.

Top export categories included machinery and equipment, textile and garment, and computers and electronics.

Last year, Vietnamese exports to the US ranked third in Asia after China and Japan.

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