WASHINGTON — One of Vietnam’s top leaders says his country will continue to open up to the international community in coming years, a shift that he claims will benefit both Vietnam and the United States.
Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, also told the audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that military and security needs of his country are “huge” and likely to lead to expanded military partnerships with the US.
“We will continue with the foreign policy of diversification and multilateralization, of mutual benefits, of non-interference, of equality,” Trong said through a translator. “Vietnam is ready and willing to be a partner, a friend and a constructive and responsible member of the international community.”
Trong’s comments came as part of a broader visit to the Washington area, highlighted by a meeting in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama, the highest level meeting between the two nations since relations stabilized 20 years ago. He also met with members of the Senate. The visit coincided with events honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.