As Washington seeks tighter connections in a region dominated by China, US President Joe Biden will visit Vietnam next month to speak with top officials on matters ranging from technology and the economy to regional stability and climate change.
According to the White House, Biden will meet with Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other top Vietnamese leaders in Hanoi on September 10 before heading to Alaska to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Washington sees Vietnam as a critical regional partner, especially as memories of the Vietnam War recede. Biden and Trong spoke over the phone in March, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid a visit to the Southeast Asian country a month later.
Vietnam’s largest export market is the United States, and the two erstwhile adversaries are commemorating the 10th anniversary of a “comprehensive partnership” this year.
Trong, Vietnam’s most prominent figure, was the first foreign leader to visit President Xi Jinping in Beijing last year, following the Chinese leader’s unprecedented third term.