Respecting each other’s political institution - foundation for Vietnam - US relations (Part 2 and end)


General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meeting with President Obama at the White House, July 2015
Overcoming blockade and embargo, Vietnam established diplomatic relations with increasingly increasing number of countries, including the United States. With the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralization of international relations, Vietnam is consistent in respecting its relations with the U.S., unceasingly developing the cooperation, making contributions to peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia-Pacific region. Over the past 22 years, with the spirit of respecting the path of development of each other, respecting independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, not intervening in internal affairs, cooperating for mutual benefits, the two countries have made breakthroughs in diplomacy with numerous visits to each other, even at highest levels. The US Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama visited Vietnam. In return, State Presidents of Vietnam Le Duc Anh, Tran Duc Luong, Nguyen Minh Triet and Truong Tan Sang visited the US. Bilateral cooperation, particular on science and technology, education and training, health, environment, defence and security, has recorded great achievements. Notably, economic and commercial relationship has experienced great development. From a zero start, the U.S. has become one of the top trading partners, the biggest investors and the largest export markets of Vietnam. There has been effective collaboration between the two countries in dealing with toxic remnants of wars, particularly handling dioxin at airports, such as Da Nang, Phu Cat and Bien Hoa.
However, there remain issues needing to be solved, especially accusations against Vietnam in the fields of ethnicity, religion, democracy, human rights, made by US organizations and individuals. In the annual Report on International Religious Freedom released by the US Department of State, there are erroneous judgments on Vietnam reality. Vietnam has refuted those with compelling arguments and evidence, but the situation has not improved yet. Noticeably, while a number of organizations located in the U.S. often ignite acts of sabotage against Vietnam’s political regime, the U.S. has not taken on its role and responsibility yet. For instance, “Viet Tan”, a terrorist organization located in San Jose (California), owes the people of Vietnam and overseas Vietnameses blood-debts, but it met no restrictions in its activities. Recently, it has accelerated acts of sabotage against the Party, the State and the socialist regime in Vietnam, such as organizing online training courses for making petrol bombs and using explosives to launch terrorist attacks. During the environmental incident in Central coast, Viet Tan focused on inciting demonstrations, riots and demolition of machines with a view to fomenting a “fish revolution”. However, it was defeated. The Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam has sufficient proof to claim that Viet Tan is a terrorist group. But the U.S., basing on erroneous information, views it as a “peaceful organization advocating democratic reform”.
What is more, the Human Rights Watch (HRW), located in New York city and partly funded by the US. government, often makes wrongful statements on Vietnam, but the U.S. still screens and nurtures it. While proclaiming itself an international organization supervising human rights, HRW does not play that role in Vietnam. It takes no account of millions of Vietnamese people exposed to Agent Orange or the problem of explosive remnants of war in Vietnam. It also takes no notice of Vietnam’s achievements in improvement of the people’s material and spiritual life, hunger eradication and poverty reduction, and the implementation of the United Nations “Millennium Development Goals”. It usually issues statements completely contrary to reality in Vietnam. It states that “Vietnam oppresses reactionaries systematically”; even presenting the “human rights award” to several figures who ceaselessly manage to sabotage Vietnam’s reform cause, and calling them “active democracy and human rights activists”.
In spite of differences between the U.S. and Vietnam, the two countries have become comprehensive partners. The U.S. first invited the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong to visit and received him with the diplomatic protocol for a head of state. It proved that the U.S. respected Vietnam’s right of self-determination. Indeed, in the Joint Vision Statement signed by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Barack Obama in Washington, July 2015, the two sides affirmed the principle “Respecting each other’s political system, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity”. This is both the foundation for the relations and the criteria for the two sides to resolve all differences, deepening bilateral relations for peace, prosperity, and happiness of the two peoples. That is also the basis for us to wipe out all hate of the hostile forces, which only focus on differences to undermine the US-Vietnam relations. Nevertheless, they will certainly fail if they continue their evil plots and actions.

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