International media give positive view on PM’s US visit

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Source: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA)
International media and prestigious experts have given positive assessments on
the ongoing US visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the invitation of
President Donald Trump.

The Geopolitical Monitor underscored
the importance of the two leaders’ meeting on May 31 because PM Phuc is the
first Southeast Asian leader to visit the White House since the US has a new
administration, adding that the visit also opens up two-way trade opportunities
amid mounting security challenges due to China’s actions in the East Sea.

Political analyst Alexander
Vuving from the Hawaii-based Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies said the Trump
administration attaches importance to promoting ties with Vietnam in light of
the country’s strategic role in Asia.

US Trade Representative Robert
Lighthizer expressed concern over the rapid growth of the US trade deficit with
Vietnam, from nearly 7 billion USD to about 32 billion USD in the past decade,
saying that this is a new challenge for the two countries and he is expecting Phuc
to address it.

“This concerning growth in our
trade deficit presents new challenges and shows us that there is considerable
potential to improve further our important trade relationship”, he said.

Lighthizer and other Trump
administration trade officials have pledged to work to reduce US bilateral
trade deficits with major trading partners.

Senior advisor and Southeast Asia
Director at the Washington D.C-based Centre for Strategic and International
Studies (CSIS) Murray Hiebert said Vietnam wants to get a reading on how the
Trump administration plans to engage the region economically after the
President declared to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in which
Vietnam would have been a major beneficiary.

Dr. Le Hong Hiep, a researcher at
the Singapore-based Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, said the visit could
help the two leaders form ties, and more importantly, it affords Vietnam a
chance to learn about the US’s economic and strategic plans towards the
country, thereby further developing bilateral links in the near future. High on
the agenda will be economy and national defence-security.

Through the visit, Vietnam could gain
an insight into President Trump’s policies and stance on Southeast Asia and
East Asia, particularly the East Sea issue.-VNA

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