|President Truong Tan Sang receives Chairman of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee under the US Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations Benjamin Cardin. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's President, Truong Tan Sang, yesterday said he hoped the US would continue its strong support.
He said this would help ensure the implementation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.
Sang added that this would lead to regional peace and stability and promote this spirit among other countries.
The President was speaking at a meeting yesterday with Benjamin Cardin, chairman of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Sub-committee under the United States Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations. Cardin is on a visit to Viet Nam.
Cardin said the committee had issued a resolution protesting against China's "provocative acts" in placing an oil rig in Viet Nam's waters.
He said the US supported Viet Nam's peaceful responses, adding that on behalf of the US Government and Congress, he would express his concerns about the East Sea situation and China's provocative acts at the coming Shangrila Forum in Singapore, especially the recent incident in which Chinese ships rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat.
He said he would express his concerns with other European countries and international friends.
Cardin said US President Barack Obama was rebalancing its relations in the Asia-Pacific area.
He also expressed his pleasure at the outcome of the Viet Nam's contributions to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and on human rights issues, while applauding Viet Nam's efforts to amend its Constitution and legal system.
President Sang briefed his guest on Viet Nam's rapidly restructured economy. He said Cardin's activities would enhance bilateral relations and speed up early recognition of Viet Nam's market economy.
Sang added that the removal of a ban on anti-personnel weapons was of great bilateral political importance, reflecting the mutual trust between the two countries.
He said human rights issues were of paramount importance in Viet Nam's new Constitution and that institutional reforms would be made to protect human rights.
Earlier the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that Viet Nam hoped to work more closely with the US to expand their bilateral partnership in all fields of mutual interests for the development of both countries.
Dung also thanked the US for speaking out against China's illegal placement of an oil rig in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
Stressing that China's move seriously infringed international law, threatening peace, security and maritime safety and freedom in the East Sea, he said he hoped the US would continue to strongly condemn China's actions.
The Government leader also asked the US to increase co-operation with Viet Nam to deal with the consequences of bombs and mines left over from the American War in Viet Nam, as well as the impacts of Agent Orange/Dioxin.
Briefing his host on the outcome of his meetings with Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Tuesday, Cardin said the US was keen to enhance its multifaceted partnership with Viet Nam.
He expressed his belief that the two countries, together with other nations involved in the TPP, would make every effort to conclude negotiations for the deal at an early date, creating a chance for the countries to open their markets and reform economic growth models.
The US would continue its close co-ordination with Viet Nam to deal with the aftermath of Agent Orange/Dioxin and unexploded ordnance, while protecting the environment and coping with climate change and rising sea levels, he said.
Cardin said he would raise the case, as well as wider East Sea issues, at the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. — VNS