Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived in Washington D.C. on May 11 and attended the ASEAN-US special summit two days later, following are five of the Vietnamese Government leader’s major activities in the United States.
PM Chinh and a Vietnamese delegation participate in the ASEAN-US special summit on May 12 and May 13 in Washington D.C, at the invitation of US President Joe Biden.
At the ASEAN-US special summit held on May 13, the US, led by President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, announces a number of proposals and initiatives aimed at bolstering co-operation with the reginal bloc. This includes a US$40 million grant to finance the development of clean energy infrastructure and a US$60 million project to boost maritime co-operation.
At the conclusion of the summit, ASEAN and US leaders adopt a Joint Vision Statement that reviews the dialogue relationship between both sides over the past 45 years, whilst also setting future directions, including upgrading their relationship to a level of comprehensive strategic partnership later this year.
Upon addressing the working sessions, PM Chinh notes that joint ties have made great strides over the past 45 years as a contribution to promoting dialogue, building trust, and maintaining peace, security, stability, and development in the region.
The Vietnamese Government chief and leaders of other ASEAN member states hold a working lunch with US lawmakers in Washington D.C. on May 12. As part of this occasion, the Vietnamese leader proposes the building of regular contacts through meetings between the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and the US Congress in a bid to reinforce trust and maintain sincere dialogue across multiple fields of co-operation.
Regarding the significant role of the bloc for the sake of peace, stability, and development in the region, US parliamentarians affirmed their support for the central role of the association, thereby pledging to work to bolster the US’s active, constructive, and responsible engagement in matters of regional co-operation.
PM Chinh meets with the US business community in Washingon D.C. on May 12. The meeting is held by the US-ASEAN Business Council and the US Chamber of Commerce, during which he affirms that Vietnam always considers the US to be a leading partner.
During the meeting, the Vietnamese cabinet leader answers questions of US businesses about issues relating to digital transformation, pandemic prevention, and the implementation of COP26 commitments. Chinh proposes that the US support the country in building mechanisms, science technology, finance, and human resources training.
PM Chinh and other ASEAN attend a banquet hosted by President Biden in Washington D.C. on the evening of May 12 as part of special summit.
During their meeting in Washington D.C. on the evening of May 12, President Biden (R) and PM Chinh exchange views on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues of shared concern. As part of this occasion, PM Chinh respectfully conveys the invitations of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc for President Biden to visit Vietnam in the near future.
Southeast Asian leaders who participate in the special summit come together to pose for a group photo.
PM Chinh participates in a working session held between ASEAN leaders and US Vice President Harris on maritime security and COVID-19 as part of the ASEAN-US special summit.
ASEAN leaders thank the US for its proactive support in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, including rolling out vaccines and establishing the Southeast Asia Regional Office of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Hanoi. Moving forward, they anticipate that the US will go ahead with its support for pandemic prevention initiatives.
PM Chinh welcomes US initiatives to augment maritime co-operation with the region, while stressing that countries, including ASEAN member states and the US, share the same interests in ensuring peace, stability, security, safety, freedom of navigation, and overflight in the East Sea, particularly as it is the world’s lifeline for maritime trade.