Ambassador Kritenbrink Speaks at Hanoi University

Group photo of the Ambassador and HANU students and faculty.
Ambassador Kritenbrink presents gift to President of Hanoi University (HANU) Nguyễn Văn Trào
Ambassador Kritenbrink presents gift to President of Hanoi University (HANU) Nguyễn Văn Trào.

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.”

HANU student raises questions during the Q&A session
HANU student raises questions during the Q&A session.

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.