HA NOI - US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell met with Vietnamese officials yesterday.
He met with Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Foreign Minister Le Luong Minh, and Deputy Director of the Party Central Committee's Commission for External Affairs Vuong Thua Phong.
The two sides discussed measures to boost ties in the fields of economy, trade, investment, science and technology, education and training, coping with climate change and rising sea levels.
Viet Nam proposed the US government recognise the Market Economy (MES), give Viet Nam the Generalised System Preference (GSP) and lift trade barriers imposed on Vietnamese products like shrimps, "tra" and "basa" fish.
The Vietnamese also said the US should make moves to reduce the impact of the war, especially projects to clean up the environment and assist Agent Orange/dioxin victims.
Viet Nam affirmed to continue to actively join the US and other partners in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and boost co-operation within the framework of the Lower Mekong Initiative.
Campbell said the US attached importance to relations with the Asia-Pacific region and wanted to develop ties with Viet Nam towards the strategic partnership.
He stressed that the US wanted to continue expanding co-operation with Viet Nam in economy, trade, investment, science and technology, education and training, and humanity, including accelerating the budget increase for dealing with the aftermath of the war.
He acknowledged Viet Nam's proposals on MES and GSP and said he hoped that the two sides would co-operate in lifting trade barriers.
He hoped the two sides would soon complete negotiations to sign the Civil Nuclear Co-operation Agreement and continue co-operating in the fight against terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and trans-national crimes.
The US official affirmed that the US side supports the settlement of regional disputes, including the East Sea issues, through peaceful measures on the basis of international laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and advocates abidance by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and efforts to reach the Code of Conduct in the East Sea. — VNS