Reposted from Wisconsin State Journal
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touts greater trade with Vietnam, Hilton Opera Hotel in Hanoi
Trade talks with Vietnam and other Asia-Pacific countries are encouraging for Wisconsin.
Our state already exports tens of millions of dollars in products to Vietnam, including processed food, machinery and technology. Lower trade barriers will further accelerate the trend. More…
Reposted from Americas Society
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang
By Rachel Glickhouse
While much of the focus on the Asian presence in Latin America is given to China, other Asian countries are also eager to expand their trade ties to the Western Hemisphere. Vietnam—a Communist country with a free-market economy which grew at nearly 6 percent last year—has been quietly courting Latin American countries, hoping to increase its exports to the region three-fold to $6 billion by 2015 and gain access to the region’s valuable commodity markets. More…
Reposted from The Diplomat
By Le Dinh Tinh
The Vietnam “story” has changed over time. First, it was a war story; then Vietnam “became a country” in the run-up to the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations in 1995. Now the country is moving forward with a new narrative, a strategy of active and proactive international integration.
Now, the country’s top foreign policy makers have decided it’s time for Vietnam to fully launch itself into the international arena. In a conversation with the Council on Foreign Relations last year, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said: “This was a turning point in our foreign policy, because before we focused on economic integration, but now we also integrate in all areas such as not only economic but politics, diplomacy, security, defense, culture and social effects.” More…