Vietnamese, US defence chiefs hold talks


Update: August, 10/2017 – 01:00

Defence Minister, Gen. Ngô Xuân Lịch (right) met US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in Washington D.C. on August 8. — VNA/VNS Photo
Washington D.C –  Defence Minister Gen. Ngô Xuân Lịch held talks with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis in Washington DC on Tuesday following a welcome ceremony the same day.Lịch, who is on a visit to the US from August 7-10, said Việt Nam considers the US one of its most important partners and always prioritises the development of bilateral ties based on the principles of equality, respect for political regimes, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country.

He spoke highly of the US’s collaboration with the Vietnamese coast guard in law enforcement at sea as well as in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

The two officials hailed the outcomes of bilateral ties on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding on promoting defence links and the Declaration on the Joint Vision on bilateral defence ties covering the exchange of all-level delegations, training, dialogue consultation, maritime security, search and rescue, bomb and mines clearance, Agent Orange/dioxin detoxification, and United Nations peacekeeping activities.

They agreed to reinforce coordination under signed agreements, with priority given to post-war recovery efforts in Việt Nam, response to non-traditional security challenges and the UN peacekeeping activities.

On the subject of dioxin clean-up in contaminated areas, Lịch said the two sides have concluded the first stage of the Đà Nẵng airport remediation project and are embarking on the second stage to serve the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2017. They are also conducting studies to launch a similar project at Biên Hòa airport in the southern province of Đồng Nai.

Host and guest also talked about the upcoming Việt Nam visit by a US aircraft carrier, saying that agencies concerned will further discuss the trip when the carrier meets the necessary technical requirements.

Mattis, for his part, lauded Việt Nam for its effective joint efforts in seeking the remains of US servicemen listed as Missing in Action (MIA) during the war.

He pledged continued support to Việt Nam in seeking the remains of Vietnamese soldiers missing in the war and cleaning up the traces of dioxin at Biên Hòa airport.

On the occasion, Lịch handed over a new document on the locations of searches for the remains of MIA servicemen to the host, making it easier for both sides to continue the effort. In the afternoon on the same day, Lịch visited the US Coast Guard.— VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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