Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s Meeting With Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

May 23, 2019

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Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s Meeting With Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh


Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met with Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the Pentagon today to reaffirm the comprehensive partnership between the United States and Vietnam. Continue reading “Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s Meeting With Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh”

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Overcoming War Legacies: The Road to Reconciliation and Future Cooperation Between the United States and Vietnam

Aspen Institute, MARCH 26, 2019  • THE AGENT ORANGE IN VIETNAM PROGRAM

On March 26th the governments of the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, hosted a landmark event examining the transformation from enemies to partners by the two countries since the end of the war in 1975.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy- Remarks

Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc- Keynote Speech

Charles Bailey- Panel 2 Healing from the Destruction of War

USIP Event Summary and Speaker Videos

Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy

A Vietnamese soldier next to a hazardous warning sign for dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa air base last October.A Vietnamese soldier next to a hazardous warning sign for dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa air base last October. KHAM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

From 1962 to 1971, the American military sprayed vast areas of Vietnam with Agent Orange, leaving dioxin contamination that has severely affected the health of three generations of Vietnamese. Now, the U.S. and Vietnamese governments have joined together in a massive cleanup project.

In the thriving industrial city of Bien Hoa, about 20 miles east of Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, there is a large air base, just beyond a sweeping bend in the Dong Nai River. During the American war in Vietnam, it was said to be the busiest airport in the world. Since the war ended in 1975, a dense cluster of four residential neighborhoods has grown up around the base. Their total population is perhaps 111,000, while the base itself, now home to advanced long-range fighter-bombers of the Vietnam People’s Air Force, has another 1,200 permanent residents. Continue reading “Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy”

The Lethal Legacy of the Vietnam War

Fifty years after the first US troops came ashore at Da Nang, the Vietnamese are still coping with unexploded bombs and Agent Orange.

On a mild, sunny morning last November, Chuck Searcy and I drove out along a spur of the old Ho Chi Minh Trail to the former Marine base at Khe Sanh, which sits in a bowl of green mountains and coffee plantations in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, hard on the border with Laos. The seventy-seven-day siege of Khe Sanh in early 1968, coinciding with the Tet Offensive, was the longest battle of what Vietnamese call the American War and a pivotal event in the conflict. By the off-kilter logic of Saigon and Washington, unleashing enough technology and firepower to produce a ten-to-one kill ratio was a metric of success, but the televised carnage of 1968, in which 16,592 Americans died, was too much for audiences back home. After Tet and Khe Sanh, the war was no longer America’s to win, only to avoid losing. Continue reading “The Lethal Legacy of the Vietnam War”

Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA – Women Ambassadors Visit RENEW-NPA’s All-Woman Clearance Team

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Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA

Project RENEW

Đội rà phá hiện trường giao tranh toàn nữ RENEW-NPA và bốn nữ đại sứ, hàng trước (từ trái qua phải Deborah Paul, Canada; Wendy Matthews, New Zealand; Grete Løchen, Na Uy; và Beatrice Maser Mallor, Thụy Sĩ). Hải Lăng, Quảng Trị, 09/5/2019. © Hien Ngo / RENEW-NPA.

Hải Lăng, Quảng Trị (9/5/2019) – Bốn nhà lãnh đạo của cộng đồng quốc tế ở Việt Nam, các nữ đại sứ của Thụy Sĩ, Na Uy, Canada, và New Zealand (được biết đến là Nhóm G4) tại Việt Nam, hôm thứ Năm đến Quảng Trị để xem một đội rà phá hiện trường toàn nữ làm việc.

Đoàn gồm có Đại sứ Deborah Paul (Canada), Wendy Matthews (New Zealand), Grete Løchen (Na Uy), và Beatrice Maser Mallor (Thụy Sĩ). Chuyến thăm chính thức dài hai ngày của họ là để trực tiếp tìm hiểu về hậu quả chiến tranh ở Quảng Trị, đặc biệt là nỗ lực đang diễn ra để khảo sát và rà phá bom mìn còn sót lại sau chiến tranh mà còn đe dọa cuộc sống của người dân địa phương. Các đại sứ cũng thăm các dự án phát triển do các nước nhóm G4 tài trợ. Continue reading “Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA – Women Ambassadors Visit RENEW-NPA’s All-Woman Clearance Team”

Agent Orange: US to clean up toxic Vietnam War air base

The toxic legacy of the Vietnam War

The US has launched a multi-million dollar clean-up operation at an air base in Vietnam it used to store the notorious chemical Agent Orange.

The ten-year programme, unveiled more than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, will cost $183m (£141m).

The site at Bien Hoa airport, outside Ho Chi Minh City, is considered the most contaminated in the country. Continue reading “Agent Orange: US to clean up toxic Vietnam War air base”

US plans warship visits to Vietnam this summer for enhanced maritime ties

The US Navy is planning two major visits to Vietnam this year as part of efforts to strengthen maritime relations between the two armies.

US plans warship visits to Vietnam this summer for enhanced maritime ties
Vietnamese officials welcome US delegation on the visit of USS Carl Vinson to Danang in March 2018. Photo: Navytimes

The US “would welcome the opportunity for another aircraft carrier visit to Vietnam this year,” saying that the move shows the mutual respect that each nation has for each other and the depth of the two countries’ growing partnership, Commander of US Indo-Pacific Command Admiral Philip Davidson said at a press meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on April 18, VnExpress reported. Continue reading “US plans warship visits to Vietnam this summer for enhanced maritime ties”

Meet the Team Leader of Vietnam’s First All-Female Clearance Team

Project RENEW update

April 14, 2019

At age 30, Nguyen Thi Thuy has started in a job that everyone in Vietnam believed that only men could do. This mother of one daughter now leads an all-female clearance team of 16 members for clearing cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war contaminated land in Quang Tri Province.

The youngest from a family of eight children in Gio Chau Commune, Gio Linh District, Nguyen Thi Thuy has been working with the Survey and Clearance Program of Project RENEW and Norwegian People’s Aid (RENEW-NPA) in Quang Tri Province since 2013.

Continue reading “Meet the Team Leader of Vietnam’s First All-Female Clearance Team”

Vietnam honours US woman for Agent Orange relief work

Vietnam News Agency
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019

President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Phuong Nga (R) presents the Friendship Order to Susan Marie Hammond. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Phuong Nga on April 16 presented the Friendship Order, a notable distinction of the Vietnamese State, to Executive Director of the War Legacies Project (WLP) Susan Marie Hammond.

Speaking at the ceremony, Nga said that this is one of the highest decorations that the Vietnamese state presents to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to the friendship between Vietnam and countries worldwide. Continue reading “Vietnam honours US woman for Agent Orange relief work”

VUFO leaders meet US Congressional Staff Delegation

 

4/17/2019 3:00:34 PM Thời Đại

(VNF) – Leaders of the Vietnam Union of the Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and Vietnam – U.S. Society (VUS) hosted a US Congressional Staff Delegation in Hanoi on April 16.

At the meeting. Photo: VNF

The delegation consists of 10 assistants to US senators and congressmen from the Democrat and Republican parties on a working visit to Vietnam from April 12 to 20.

Continue reading “VUFO leaders meet US Congressional Staff Delegation”

How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership

Vietnam Net Bridge

03/04/2019

Vietnam and the US have together marked the transformation from enemies to partners since the end of the war in 1975 by overcoming war legacies, among priorities in the bilateral ties. 

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US expert helps Vietnam settle unexploded odnance. Photo: PeaceTrees

Tackling war legacies has required both time and efforts that neither Hanoi nor Washington have been reluctant to do over the past decades, making the relationship a case study of foe-turned-friend. Continue reading “How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership”

Mỹ muốn đưa hàng không mẫu hạm thứ 2 đến Việt Nam trong năm nay


Hàng không mẫu hạm USS Carl Vinson là chiến hạm đầu tiên của Mỹ tới Việt Nam kể từ khi chiến tranh kết thúc. Bộ Quốc phòng Mỹ cho biết có thể sẽ có một chiến hạm thứ hai tới Việt Nam trong năm nay.
Hàng không mẫu hạm USS Carl Vinson là chiến hạm đầu tiên của Mỹ tới Việt Nam kể từ khi chiến tranh kết thúc. Bộ Quốc phòng Mỹ cho biết có thể sẽ có một chiến hạm thứ hai tới Việt Nam trong năm nay.

Mỹ có thể sẽ gửi hàng không mẫu hạm thứ hai đến Việt Nam trong năm nay và cam kết giúp Hà Nội bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia giữa lúc Trung Quốc không ngừng các hoạt động quân sự hóa trên vùng Biển Đông có tranh chấp.

Trợ lý Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Mỹ phụ trách các vấn đề an ninh khu vực Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương Randall Schriver cho biết như vậy hôm 3/4 tại cuộc thảo luận làm thế nào để Mỹ và Việt Nam có thể thúc đẩy các mối quan hệ an ninh và quốc phòng chặt chẽ hơn tại Trung tâm Nghiên cứu Chiến lược và Quốc tế (CSIS) ở Washinhton. Continue reading “Mỹ muốn đưa hàng không mẫu hạm thứ 2 đến Việt Nam trong năm nay”

Unexploded bombs continue to haunt Hà Giang

vietnamnews Update: March, 07/2019 – 09:00
Unexploded ordnance littered the forest floor in Hà Giang Province. — VNS File Photo
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HÀ GIANG — Residents of Thanh Thuỷ Commune in Vị Xuyên District said they are still occasionally startled by an explosion somewhere in the mountains nearby, a cruel reminder of a bloody border war 40 years ago.

They first prayed that no one gets hurt by stepping on the unexploded ordnance (UXO) buried in the terrain throughout the north-eastern uplands, especially the northernmost province of Hà Giang, where the bloodiest battles were waged.

Bồn Văn Hòn lives just 10km from the centre of Thanh Thuỷ Commune but the journey easily takes more than two hours.

Having lost both of his legs in two separate incidents related to unexploded bombs, Hòn uses his arms to move around

The changeable weather at this time of the year causes him major aches all over and he could no longer rely on crutches. Continue reading “Unexploded bombs continue to haunt Hà Giang”

Report: Kim Jong Un could tour Vietnam ahead of summit with Trump

By Elizabeth Shim

Kim Jong Un could arrive in Vietnam days ahead of President Donald Trump, according to a South Korean press report. File Photo by KCNA/UPI | License Photo
Feb. 13 (UPI) — Kim Jong Un could arrive in Vietnam three days before his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi, according to a South Korean press report.

Kim, who last met with Trump in Singapore in 2018, could be traveling to Vietnam ahead of schedule in order to visit key industrial sites in Vietnam and hold a summit with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, South Korean television network MBC reported. Continue reading “Report: Kim Jong Un could tour Vietnam ahead of summit with Trump”

Việt Nam ‘mua’ máy bay trinh sát và huấn luyện của Mỹ

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Một chiếc Scan Eagle UAV được sử dụng trên một tàu hải quân Mỹ.
Một chiếc Scan Eagle UAV được sử dụng trên một tàu hải quân Mỹ.

Đô đốc Philip S. Davidson, Chỉ huy Bộ tư lệnh Thái Bình Dương – Ấn Độ Dương của Mỹ, hôm 12/2 đã tiết lộ tại Quốc hội Mỹ về chuyện Việt Nam mua máy bay trinh sát không người lái cũng như máy bay huấn luyện từ Hoa Kỳ.

Ông Davidson nói rằng mối quan hệ quân sự giữa Bộ tư lệnh mà ông chỉ huy và quân đội Việt Nam “ưu tiên củng cố năng lực hàng hải của Việt Nam, vốn sẽ được hỗ trợ bởi việc Việt Nam mua Scan Eagle UAV (máy bay trinh sát không người lái) và máy bay huấn luyện T-6, và một chiếc tàu thứ hai của Lực lượng Tuần duyên Mỹ”, theo văn bản chuẩn bị sẵn cho cuộc điều trần tại Ủy ban Quân vụ Thượng viện Mỹ. Continue reading “Việt Nam ‘mua’ máy bay trinh sát và huấn luyện của Mỹ”