UK Minister: 2018 to witness positive impacts in UK-Vietnam relations

He hopes for deeper and broader cooperation under Strategic Partnership in the following op-ed:Six months ago, I was proud to take over as the UK Government’s Minister for Asia and the Pacific. It’s an exciting time to be dealing with Asia. Confidence and optimism is high, nowhere more so than here in Vietnam.While I’ve visited Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang before, this week I’m paying my first visit as a UK Minister to take part in the UK-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue. For those who aren’t familiar with how a strategic dialogue works, it’s an opportunity for the UK and Vietnam to assess how our cooperation is progressing, what difference we are making and to agree where we need to do more.  Fundamentally, diplomacy and international relationships should always seek to make peoples’ lives better.In recent years our bilateral cooperation has flourished. The UK and Vietnam share a growing defence relationship including, for the first time, resident Defence Attachés.  In addition, we welcome Vietnam’s efforts to reduce corruption and improve the business environment. We want to continue our work with Vietnam to support economic development and increase quality of life through promoting renewable energy and green finance, developing smart cities and more research and innovation.We are also working together to tackle global challenges such as cooperation on UN peacekeeping operations, tackling human trafficking and the illegal wildlife trade. In particular, our work together on human trafficking and modern slavery is growing and vitally important to stopping one of the biggest…

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