HANOI, November 21, 2018 – On Wednesday, November 21, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink delivered a speech to about 400 students and faculty of Hanoi University on the topic of U.S-Vietnam relations. Ambassador Kritenbrink discussed U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific region, U.S. policy towards Vietnam, as well as ways to build a strong U.S.-Vietnam Partnership in an uncertain world.
“Today, the U.S.-Vietnam relationship is stronger than it has ever been. Our nations share a remarkable history: after years of war and hardship, together we have forged a Comprehensive Partnership that covers every aspect of our relationship, from defense, to trade, to health, to people-to-people ties,” said Ambassador Kritenbrink.
“The United States continues to believe that Asia — the Indo-Pacific — is largely going to define America’s security and prosperity for the future. Our mission statement, our fundamental goal, is for the United States to be a vital partner in supporting the development of a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam that contributes to international security, engages in free, fair, and reciprocal trade, and respects human rights and the rule of law.”
Ambassador Kritenbrink concluded: “I’m incredibly optimistic about our shared future together—particularly when you think about how far we’ve come already.”
Hanoi University students and lecturers engaged in a dynamic Q&A session with Ambassador Kritenbrink after his speech, showing their strong interest in the U.S.-Vietnam relationship.