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“US Envoy Visits Hanoi Following Putin, States Trust with Vietnam at Record Levels” | WGN Radio 720

Senior U.S. Diplomat Says Trust with Vietnam at “All-Time High”

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The trust between the United States and Vietnam has reached an “all-time high,” according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink. This statement comes just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Hanoi.

During his visit to Vietnam, Kritenbrink emphasized the importance of the partnership between the two countries, stating that Vietnam had elevated the United States to its highest diplomatic status as a comprehensive strategic partner, alongside China and Russia. This move by Vietnam signifies a desire to diversify its relationships as Western businesses seek to reduce their dependence on China.

Kritenbrink’s visit was not without controversy, as it coincided with Putin’s visit to Vietnam, which was criticized by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi for giving a platform to the Russian leader amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Despite this, Kritenbrink reiterated that his trip was focused on strengthening ties between the U.S. and Vietnam.

The discussions between Kritenbrink and Vietnamese officials also touched on the escalating tensions in the South China Sea, with the U.S. envoy expressing concern over China’s assertive actions in the region. Vietnam, which has overlapping claims in the South China Sea, affirmed its readiness to engage in diplomatic talks to resolve these disputes, contrasting China’s aggressive approach.

The visit highlighted the complex dynamics in the region, with Vietnam balancing its relationships with major powers like the U.S., China, and Russia. As territorial disputes and geopolitical tensions continue to simmer in the South China Sea, Vietnam’s diplomatic maneuvers will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the region.

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