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Vietnam’s position on the US’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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March 12, 2021 | 07:27

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang talked about Vietnam’s viewpoints on several international issues which are drawing public concerns at the ministry’s regular press conference on March 11.

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Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang. (Photo: Hanoi Times)

In reply to a reporter’s question on Vietnam’s position on the US’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, Hang said that there have currently been many ideas and initiatives on cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region proposed by countries inside and outside the region, according to VOV.

Vietnam welcomes initiatives that contribute to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region as well as initiatives that are based on law and respect for international law, the legitimate rights and interests of all countries and which ensure the central role of ASEAN in the forming regional structure, Hang added.

US’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance was published on March 3. This interim guidance has been issued to convey President Biden’s vision for how America will engage with the world, and to provide guidance for departments and agencies to align their actions as the Administration begins work on a National Security Strategy.

The 24-page interim national security strategic guidance, which mentions China and its government some 20 times, "lays out the global landscape as the Biden administration sees it, explains the priorities of our foreign policy and specifically how we will renew America's strength to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of our time," U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said hours before the report's release. The guidance reiterates ideas key to the administration's foreign policy vision such as revitalizing democracy, investing in American competitiveness, as well as strengthening U.S. alliances.

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US’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance was published on March 3. (Photo: White House)

On the military front, it states "our presence will be most robust in the Indo-Pacific and Europe," noting that the global posture review currently underway will reflect those priorities. China is now "the only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system."

On the military front, it states "our presence will be most robust in the Indo-Pacific and Europe," noting that the global posture review currently underway will reflect those priorities. Apart from NATO, Australia, Japan, and South Korea, listed as among Washington's core alliances, Biden also vowed to deepen Washington's partnership with India, New Zealand, as well as Singapore, Vietnam, and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, according to Nikkei.

Also at the press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said that Vietnam’s stance on the Hong Kong situation has been clarified when giving comments on China’s approval of the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress of China. Vietnam respects and backs China’s “one state, two systems” policy and Hong Kong’s basic laws and relevant regulations. Issues related to Hong Kong are China’s internal affairs, she said, adding that Vietnam always hopes Hong Kong be stable and develop prosperously, said Vietnam Plus

Regarding a meeting of US, Japanese, Australian and Indian leaders, Hang stated Vietnam always keeps a close watch on developments in the region, including foreign policies of major countries.

Vietnam hopes the countries continue contributing to peace, security, stability, and prosperity in the region and the world, maintain cooperation and respect the central role of ASEAN in the forming regional structures, she added.

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