Post-Covid-19 Vietnam: A Year of Intense International Activity

Posted by Moises Perez Mok

Chief Correspondent in Vietnam

Numerous tours have been made, mainly in the second half of the year, by the senior leaders of the Indo-Chinese nation, each of them serving to demonstrate Hanoi’s intention to be a friend, reliable partner, and an active and responsible member of the international community.

Particular interest, both nationally and internationally, was aroused by the visit to China of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, which was rated as an important milestone in relations between the two countries.

Fu Trung was the first foreign leader to be received by the General Secretary of the Communist Party (PCCh) and Chinese President, Xi Jinping, immediately after that political power’s 20th National Congress, which was interpreted as a clear sign of the importance attached to the Communist Party. Relations between parties and states.

The presence of the Vietnamese supreme leader, between October 30 and November 1, in the first country in the world to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam, strengthened the friendly neighborhood, strengthened political trust, and deepened the partnership of comprehensive strategic cooperation with a vision towards the future.

The participation of the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chin, in the 40th and 41st summits of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), first, and weeks later in the highest event over 45 years of relations between that, also outshines. Regional bloc and the European Union.

Society thought, society acted

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, hosted the first of these forums and there Minh Chinh called for promoting the spirit of “community thinking and community action” in the face of a volatile international context in which solidarity becomes a critical factor and a vital force to let ASEAN maintain stability.

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Hailing the region’s achievements in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and in economic recovery, the Vietnamese head of government urged sharing of lessons learned on cooperation and coordination of actions in epidemic control, response and prevention.

He also noted that besides the trend of green development, the member states of the bloc should strengthen cooperation to transform digital transformation and the green and circular economy into a new growth engine in the region.

Meanwhile, the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit was held in mid-December in Brussels, Belgium, the last stop on a tour that previously led Minh Chinh to Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

There, the prime minister endorsed his government’s support for investment and business activities of European companies, and asked the EU to soon remove the “yellow card” against Vietnamese aquaculture products.

In his words, Minh Chinh urged the two parties to stick to their goals, renew their thinking and strengthen strategic linkages for a balanced, equal and harmonious development.

Peace as a goal and dialogue and cooperation as tools

He also stressed the need to classify peace as the goal, and dialogue and cooperation as tools, calling for upholding the rule of law, the UN Charter and other common values, as well as working together for peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development in the East Sea.

Other important visits were those by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to South Korea, the most notable of which was the elevation of bilateral relations to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership, and those by the Speaker of the National Assembly (parliament), Phong Dinh Hue, to Cambodia, the Philippines and the Kingdom United.

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In an article published here on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the founding of the Diplomatic Corps (August 28, 1945), Foreign Minister Bui Thanh emphasized that over more than 35 years of renewal, the inheritance and application of Ho Chi Thought. Minh, Vietnamese diplomacy is holding the session.

He said the path to be followed is to develop a foreign policy based on independence, self-determination, peace, friendship, cooperation, development, multilateralism, diversification, active international integration, being a friend, reliable partner, active and responsible member. to the international community.

He explained that Vietnam maintains diplomatic relations with 190 countries, including strategic linkage and comprehensive linkage with 30 countries, and economic relations with more than 230 countries and regions. It has also signed 15 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and is an active member of more than 70 multilateral organizations and forums.

Arb / MP

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