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5/26/2016 9:38:32 AM

President Obama’s speech on Vietnam – US relations

On May 24th at the National Convention Centre (Hanoi), the US Embassy in Hanoi in collaboration with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) held a talk by US President Obama on Vietnam – US relations.

The event  attracted the participation of about 2,000 people, including members of VUFO and the US Embassy in Vietnam; representatives of Vietnam agencies and departments in collaboration with the U.S; Ambassadors of many countries in Vietnam and a large number of university students in Hanoi.

In the welcome speech, Chairman of VUFO Vu Xuan Hong said this meeting was an important event during Obama’s visit to Vietnam.

Experiencing 21 years of normalization, bilateral relations have made great strides to become a comprehensive cooperative partnership. In 2015, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited the United States and now Vietnam has welcomed President Obama.The cooperation with the US is an important factor in the cooperation of Asia – Pacific. Many analysts said it was hard to believe that the relationship of two former enemies could have grown so powerful.

Cooperation in public diplomacy is increasingly strengthened, creating favourable conditions for political leaders of the two countries to cooperate in solving the problem of the consequences of war.

In the near future, congress of the two countries will consider the interest of both parties, to share common interests and contribute to the peace and stability of the region.

Just over a month after Vietnam declared independence in 1945, President Ho Chi Minh directed the establishment of the Vietnam – US Association. In May 2nd 1946, in a letter addressed to US President, President Ho Chi Minh expressed his desire to strengthen relations with the United States.

President Obama’s trip to Vietnam is proof of the complete normalization of bilateral relations.

Reviewing milestones in Vietnam – US relations, Chairman Vu Xuan Hong said that the will of President Ho Chi Minh is being done properly.

During the talk, US president Barack Obama began his speech by friendly greetings in Vietnamese “Xin chao. (Applause) Xin chao Vietnam! Thank you. Thank you so much. To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this warm welcome and the hospitality that you have showed  to me on this visit. And thank you, all of you, for being here today. (Applause)  We have Vietnamese from across this great country, including so many young people who represent the dynamism, and the talent and the hope of Vietnam.

On this visit, my heart has been touched by the kindness for which the Vietnamese people are known.”

In his speech, President Obama frankly referred to the relationship between the two countries:

“Today we also remember the longer history between Vietnamese and Americans that is too often overlooked. More than 200 years ago when our Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, sought rice for his farm, he looked to rice of Vietnam, which he said had “the reputation of being whitest to the eye, best flavoured to the taste, and most productive.” Soon after, American trade ships arrived in your ports seeking commerce.

During the Second World War, Americans came here to support your struggle against occupation. When American pilots were shot down, the Vietnamese people helped rescue them. And on the day that Vietnam declared its dependence, crowds took to the streets of this city, and Ho Chi Minh evoked the American Declaration of Independence. He said, “All people are created equal. The Creator has endowed them with inviolable rights. Among these rights are the right to life, the right to liberty and the right to pursuit of happiness.”

In another time, the profession of these shared ideals and our common story of throwing off colonialism might have brought us closer together sooner. But instead, Cold War rivalries and fears of communism pulled us into conflict. Like other conflicts throughout human history, we learned once more a bitter truth – that war, no matter what our intention may be, brings suffering and tragedy.

Obama expressed his commitment to develop Vietnam – US relation:

“As President, I’ve built on this progress. With our new Comprehensive Partnership, our governments are working more closely together than ever before. And with this visit, we’ve put our relationship on a firmer footing for decades to come. In a sense, the long story between our two nations that began with Thomas Jefferson more than two centuries ago has now come full circle. It has taken many years and required great effort. But now we can say something that was once unimaginable: Today, Vietnam and the United States are partners.

Now, America’s new partnership with Vietnam is rooted in some basic truths. Vietnam is an independent, sovereign nation, and no other nation can impose its will on you or decide your destiny. (Applause.) Now, the United States has an interest here. We have an interest in Vietnam’s success. But our Comprehensive Partnership is still in its early stages. And with the time I have left, I want to share with you the vision that I believe can guide us in the decades ahead.”

 Obama also mentioned to the support of TPP to Vietnam

“We’ll keep working to unleash the full potential of your economy with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Here in Vietnam, TPP will let you sell more of your products to the world and it will attract new investment. TPP will require reforms to protect workers and rule of law and intellectual property. And the United States is ready to assist Vietnam as it works to fully implement its commitments. I want you to know that, as President of the United States, I strongly support TPP because you’ll also be able to buy more of our goods “Made in America”.

After the talks, President Obama had a short conversation with the Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Associations, Vu Xuan Hong./.

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