FACT SHEET: United States-ASEAN Strategic Partnership

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release September 9, 2020 FACT SHEET: United States-ASEAN Strategic Partnership In 2020, the United States celebrates the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership. This partnership is built on our shared principles, as outlined in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and the ASEAN Outlook on the …

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FACT SHEET: Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release September 9, 2020 FACT SHEET: Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to educate and provide skills training to the people of Southeast Asia. YSEALI is open to young people from all …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the 10th East Asia Summit Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release September 9, 2020 READOUT The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined counterparts from 17 countries for the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting this morning. Secretary Pompeo highlighted U.S. support for principles of openness, inclusiveness, …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release September 9, 2020 READOUT The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined the annual ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with his counterparts from the 10 ASEAN member states via videoconference on September 9. Secretary Pompeo and his …

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Announcing the Indo-Pacific Business Forum 2020

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 The United States Government, in partnership with the Government of Vietnam, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, is sponsoring the third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 28-29. Participants attending from the …

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U.S. Department of State Launched the New YSEALI Academy at FUV

Ho Chi Minh City, September 4, 2020 – At “The Future of ASEAN: The Youth Factor” event, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell announced that the U.S. Department of State intends to provide $5 million to establish the YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, to deliver capacity-building seminars to entry- to …

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Statement by Secretary Michael Pompeo on Vietnam National Day 

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of Vietnam as you celebrate your National Day. In 2020, we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations.  The remarkable transformation of our …

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U.S. Imposes Restrictions on Certain PRC State-Owned Enterprises and Executives for Malign Activities in the South China Sea

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 26, 2020 The United States supports a free and open South China Sea.  We respect the sovereign rights of all nations, regardless of size, and seek to preserve peace and uphold freedom of the seas in a manner consistent with international law.  In July, I announced …

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The United States’s Commitment and International Law in the South China Sea

By Daniel J. Kritenbrink, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam On July 12, 2016, the Arbitral Tribunal established under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 concluded there is “no legal basis” for any PRC historic rights, or sovereign rights and jurisdiction, beyond those provided for in the Convention within the areas of …

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PRC’s Reported Sinking of a Vietnamese Fishing Vessel in the South China Sea

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON April 6, 2020 We are seriously concerned by reports of the PRC’s sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. This incident is the latest in a long string …

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“U.S. – China Bilateral Relations: The Lessons of History” Center for Strategic and International Studies

Remarks by Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs U.S. Department of State As Prepared December 12, 2019 INTRODUCTION Good afternoon. Thank you to CSIS for inviting me – and for rescheduling this speech after I had to miss our initial date last week. The title of my remarks is …

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The U.S., China, and Pluralism in International Affairs

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of East Asian & Pacific Affairs For Immediate Release REMARKS David R. Stilwell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian & Pacific Affairs December 2, 2019 As Prepared Good afternoon. Thank you to the Brookings Institution for inviting me. I’ve been asked to speak today about the People’s Republic of China, …

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MEDIA NOTE: Release of the United States’ Report on the Implementation of the Indo-Pacific Strategy

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release November 3, 2019 On the occasion of the 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum and the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, the U.S. Department of State is pleased to release a progress report on the implementation of the U.S. whole-of-government strategy for the Indo-Pacific region.  …

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FACT SHEET: 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Showcases High-Standard U.S. Investment

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release November 3, 2019 Over 1,000 business and government leaders from the United States and across the Indo-Pacific region gathered on November 4 in Bangkok for the Indo-Pacific Business Forum to promote the value of high-standard investment, transparency, rule of law, and private-sector-led economic development. The nearly 200 U.S. business executives in attendance represented some of the …

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FACT SHEET: The United States and ASEAN: Expanding the Enduring Partnership

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release November 3, 2019 U.S. engagement with the ten member states of ASEAN has never been stronger.  The United States welcomed ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, and its close complementarity with America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, as well as the regional approaches of our allies and partners.  The United …

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FACT SHEET: Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release November 3, 2019 The Indo Pacific Transparency Initiative was announced by Vice President Pence in November 2018 at the APEC CEO Summit in Papua New Guinea.  The Transparency Initiative encompasses more than $600 million in programs that have been funded since the beginning of …

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Frederic V. Malek Memorial Lecture

Foreign Policy Issued on: October 24, 2019 Conrad Hotel Washington, D.C. 11:51 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all for that warm welcome. And to your new chairman, Governor Scott Walker; former Congresswoman Jane Harman; and to all the members of the board at this historic center; and to all the fine scholars: …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on the U.S. in Asia: Economic Engagement for Good

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS Siam Society Bangkok, Thailand August 2, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Peter, thank you for the kind introduction.  I also want to thank the Siam Society and your president for hosting me.  I know too we have many prominent businesspeople here in …

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Strengthening the U.S.-Mekong Partnership

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson August 2, 2019 The Mekong Matters to America The Mekong region – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – is strategically important to the United States.  The region is a focus of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, and integral to our engagement with ASEAN.  The United States aims to uphold sovereignty, transparency, good …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Opening Remarks at the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial

Centara Grand Bangkok, Thailand 8/1/2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Foreign Minister.  I want to thank you, Thailand, for hosting this special ministerial marking a decade of the Lower Mekong Initiative.  The United States has been a proud partner for those whole 10 years, and thanks to our work:  340,000 people have access to improved drinking …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Opening Remarks at U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS August 1, 2019 Centara Grand Bangkok, Thailand SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Foreign Minister. Thanks for hosting here today, and I want to congratulate also Foreign Minister Don on a successful year at Thailand’s chairmanship. As Secretary of State, a key part …

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United States Transfers Six Patrol Boats to Vietnam Coast Guard Region III 

HANOI, April 1, 2019 – The U.S. Embassy Hanoi officially handed over six 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats to the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) in Khanh Hoa, Region III, on March 29, marking another important step in the continued security cooperation between the United States and Vietnam. This transfer includes six brand-new fast-response Metal Shark boats–capable …

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Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Traveling Press

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                February 28, 2019 REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Traveling Press February 28, 2019 ERT Manila, Philippines SECRETARY POMPEO:  So the President gave a pretty good description of the summit, how it ended, the progress that we made, and progress we didn’t …

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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019 11:03 A.M. ICT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Are you all having a good time in Hanoi? Everybody having a good time? Everybody? Jeff? I hope. Q Chairman Kim, are you ready to denuclearize? Are you ready to give up your nuclear weapons? CHAIRMAN KIM: (As interpreted.) If I’m …

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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un before 1:1 Bilateral Meeting

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHAIRMAN KIM JONG UN OF THE STATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA BEFORE 1:1 BILATERAL MEETING Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019                        8:55 A.M. ICT CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  And I believe that, starting from …

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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in a 1:1 Conversation

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam 6:33 P.M. ICT CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  So it’s exactly 261 days since we met last time in Singapore, in June, last year. PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yes. CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  And I truly believe that this successful and great meeting that we are having today is thanks to the …

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Remarks by President Trump at a Greeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam 6:28 P.M. ICT Q    Mr. President, what do you hope to achieve in your talks with the Chairman? PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I think they’ll be very successful.  Great relationship.  I think they’re going to be very successful.  We look forward to it.  We both do. Q    Have you walked back …

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Remarks by President Trump at a Social Dinner with Chairman Kim

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam 7:08 P.M. ICT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Everybody having a good time? Q    Yes, sir. PRESIDENT TRUMP:  You are?  I hope so. One of the great photographers of the world.  (Laughter.)  One of the great.  Make us look very good tonight, please. Q    We’ll work on that. PRESIDENT TRUMP:  One of …

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Fact Sheets: U.S. Security Cooperation With Vietnam

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2018 The U.S. security relationship with Vietnam has grown rapidly in recent years, and the two countries share a common vision for the future of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Our robust security partnership is based on our mutual commitment to deepen defense cooperation and shared …

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Typhoon Season 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) expects five to eight tropical cyclones to affect the central Pacific this season.  If you are a U.S. Citizen traveling or residing in Vietnam, you may enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive safety messages and other travel information.  During the approach of …

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Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Inaugurates Vietnam Coast Guard Boat Maintenance Facility in Quang Nam

Ho Chi Minh City, October 28, 2016 — The Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., with Major General Bui Trung Dung, Deputy Commander of Vietnam’s Coast Guard, U.S. Consul General Mary Tarnowka, Senior Colonel Dao Hong Nghiep, Vietnam Coast Guard Region 2 Commander, and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Gary Blore, Director of …

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Commander of United States Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris Visits Hanoi

HANOI, October 27, 2016 – Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, met with Vietnam People’s Army Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang, Vice Chairman of the Communist Party External Relations Commission, Tran Dac Loi, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Le Hoai Trung while in Hanoi on October …

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U.S.-ASEAN Connect: A Framework for Shared Prosperity

Posted by Ziad Haider August 11, 2016 President Barack Obama, center, speaks at the plenary session meeting of ASEAN, the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, on February 15, 2016. Last week, I visited Laos to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) …

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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

National Convention Center Vientiane, Laos July 25, 2016 Well, good morning and thank you very – good afternoon – thank you very much, Secretary-General Othman. I really appreciate your welcome. I appreciate your comments. And to all of our colleagues, my colleagues here, thank you very, very much for being here and being part of …

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Press Statement: Decision in the Philippines-China Arbitration

John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC July 12, 2016 The decision today by the Tribunal in the Philippines-China arbitration is an important contribution to the shared goal of a peaceful resolution to disputes in the South China Sea. We are still studying the decision and have no comment on the …

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Fact Sheet: U.S. – ASEAN Connect

February 16, 2016 U.S.-ASEAN Connect is a new U.S. government initiative, announced by President Obama at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands, CA, that will strengthen the United States economic engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Member States (AMS). Strong economic ties are at the core of the United States …

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Fact Sheet: Unprecedented U.S.-ASEAN Relations

Engagement with Southeast Asia, a strategically important, economically dynamic region at the heart of the Asia-Pacific, is a central pillar of the U.S. Rebalance to Asia. Sitting astride some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is strategically important to U.S. interests, and is a key partner in addressing regional …

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