Vietnam seeks to give the impression that it does not side with the United States or China, although there is concern in Washington over recent revelations made by a media outlet.
Finer discussed the military cooperation ties that Russia and Vietnam have maintained for decades.
According to the top US official, there is “growing concern among the Vietnamese” about this relationship and said that Washington and its allies will help Hanoi “diversify its partners.”
Vietnam will host Joe Biden amid Russia scandal. On Monday, September 10, the US president will meet with his Vietnamese counterpart, Vo Van Thuong, and with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
Biden arrived in Vietnam after participating in the G20 summit, and was received with great praise by Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam.
“This could be the beginning of an era of greater cooperation,” Biden said during his meeting with Nguyen Phu Trong.
“Vietnam and the United States are the main partners in what I would say is a critical moment,” said the American president, who was welcomed by a band of military personnel wearing gala dress and a crowd of students waving the flags of both countries. .
The main purpose of Biden’s visit to Vietnam is the same as the G20 summit: to rally support in the face of China’s growing influence.
Washington and Hanoi reached an agreement to produce semiconductors in Vietnam “for the benefit of the American industry” and with the aim of making it less dependent on the Asian giant, according to a statement released on Sunday, September 10.
The United States considers Vietnam a technology producer that also has reserves of rare earths, important elements for the production of various industrial materials. So Biden is looking for a strategy to reduce its dependence on China in these elements, after years of problems with supply chains and tensions with Beijing.
Biden’s agenda also includes a visit to a memorial site for his friend John McCain, the late Republican senator who fought during the Vietnam War and was captured and survived a long captivity and later helped to rebuild the relationship between the two countries.