The U.S. and Vietnam: A valued partnership

The U.S. relationship with Vietnam has proven fruitful for both countries, resulting in growing cooperation on political, security and economic issues and deeper people-to-people ties.

“In America we consider our relationship with Vietnam to be incredibly special,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh last July during a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Statistics on U.S.-Vietnam trade and Vietnamese students in U.S. (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)
(State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Pompeo noted in August the “remarkable growth” in the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relationship “and the rapid pace of positive change in Vietnam.”

U.S.-Vietnam relations have seen an upswing ever since the countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1995. The two countries cooperated in addressing legacies of war, including the return of remains of American service members.

The U.S. also has expanded its security relationship with Vietnam. Hanoi will serve as the venue for the February 27–28 summit between President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un.

“The future for our two nations is bright, and our friendship is full of still greater promise,” Pompeo said.

This article was written by freelance writer Lenore T. Adkins.