Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
United States President Donald Trump arrived in the central Vietnamese city of Danang for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on November 10, 2017. His stay in Vietnam marked yet another milestone in his first Asia tour. At the invitation of President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang, Trump paid a state visit to Hanoi, Vietnam, from November 11 to12, 2017. The two leaders reaffirmed their intent to continue high-level contacts and exchanges of delegations, and to strengthen existing dialogue mechanisms, including party-to-party dialogues. Both sides highlighted the expanding and mutually beneficial economic relations between the United States and Vietnam, and underscored their shared desire to create jobs and favorable conditions for commerce and business in both countries.
The two leaders pledged to deepen and expand the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the United States and Vietnam through formal mechanisms, including the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). During President Trump’s visit, the two leaders welcomed the announcement of $12 billion in new commercial agreements.
The two leaders recognized the importance of protecting and promoting human rights. They further discussed and welcomed initiatives to preserve peace and stability and to advance cooperation and development in the Indo-Pacific region. They both recognized the central role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the region, and pledged to respect and support the centrality and unity of ASEAN in the evolving regional architecture.
The leaders committed to deepening the United States-ASEAN Strategic Partnership based on the principles outlined in the 2016 Sunnylands Declaration. They both expressed grave concern over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and tests, and agreed on the importance of the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The two leaders underscored the strategic importance to the international community of free and open access to the South China Sea, the importance of unimpeded lawful commerce, the need to respect freedom of navigation and over-flight, and other lawful uses of the sea.
The two sides reiterated the stance on the South China Sea in the previous United States-Vietnam and United States-ASEAN joint statements, including their call on parties to refrain from escalatory actions, the militarization of disputed features, and unlawful restrictions on freedom of the seas. They reaffirmed their shared commitment to the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes. They called for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), and an early conclusion to an effective, legally binding Code of Conduct for the South China Sea (COC).
The leaders noted that, as a partner of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and a founding member of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), the United States supports the efforts of the Lower Mekong countries to sustainably manage the region’s water and environmental resources for the benefit of all. President Quang acknowledged the leading role of the United States in reducing global carbon emissions and innovating clean energy technologies, and he thanked the United States for its assistance to Vietnam in advancing climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Source: The White House