Monday, March 4, 2019

The critical yet overlooked part of Trump's trip to Vietnam was ... Vietnam

...“I think [the administration’s] view is that Vietnam and the U.S. have a lot of security interests in common, and the top of that of course is concern about China’s maritime activities,” said Zack Cooper, an American Enterprise Institute research fellow who focuses on U.S. alliances in Asia. “That Vietnam has pushed back so firmly against some of China’s activity in the South China Sea is something the administration has noticed, and they want partners that are going to stand up firmly for their interests.”

Trump’s visit to Hanoi for his second summit with Kim opened with meetings with Vietnam’s president and prime minister, as well as a signing of commercial trade deals worth more than $21 billion. The agreements are expected to support more than 83,000 U.S. jobs, a senior administration official said.

Bilateral talks with Vietnamese officials focused on a number of issues, including trade, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and “ways to strengthen the United States-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership, including by deepening political, security, economic, and people-to-people ties, and through cooperation on humanitarian and legacy of war issues,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.