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  • PRESIDENT QUANG: (as interpreted)

  • Your Excellency, President of the United States of

  • America, Mr. Barack Obama, ladies and gentlemen, on

  • behalf of the leaders of the party state and the people

  • of Vietnam, once again I'd like to warmly welcome

  • President Barack Obama and the high-level delegation of

  • the U.S.

  • government on your official visit to Vietnam.

  • Mr. President and I had a very productive talk on

  • bilateral relations, regional and global issues

  • of common interest.

  • We discussed the implementation of the joint

  • statement on Vietnam-U.S.

  • Comprehensive Partnership signed in July 2013, and the

  • Joint Vision Statement between the two countries in

  • July of 2015 concluded between the high-level

  • leaders of the two countries.

  • We agreed that important progress in bilateral

  • relations have been made in recent years.

  • Both sides committed to implementing the principles

  • of respect for each other's independence, sovereignty,

  • territorial integrity, and political regime.

  • During President Obama's official visit, Vietnam and

  • the U.S.

  • agreed to a joint statement on strengthening the

  • comprehensive partnership with added substance, depth,

  • and effectiveness.

  • Both sides agreed to place development cooperation at

  • the center of the bilateral ties.

  • On this occasion, important deals were also reached in

  • terms of trade, health care, humanitarian assistance,

  • education and training, law enforcement and judicial

  • cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges,

  • as well.

  • Both sides agreed to give higher priorities to

  • addressing war legacy issues and committed -- continue to

  • work together in this regard.

  • The U.S.

  • will work with Vietnam on the passing of Bien Hoa

  • Airport after both sides successfully conclude the

  • cleanup project at Danang Airport.

  • Vietnam very much appreciates the U.S.

  • decision to completely lift the ban on lethal weapon

  • sales to Vietnam, which is clear proof that both

  • countries have completely normalized the relations.

  • President Obama and I also discussed the future

  • direction of bilateral ties and measures to further

  • deepen bilateral cooperation.

  • We underscored the importance of

  • confidence-building and priority for development

  • cooperation in trade and investment, science and

  • technology, human resource development, and addressing

  • climate change.

  • Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to promptly

  • ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement,

  • or TPP.

  • With respect to regional and global issues, President

  • Obama and I agreed that we should set up collaboration

  • at regional and international forums, and

  • that the U.S.

  • will support Vietnam in successfully hosting the

  • 2017 APEC Summit, as well as participating in U.N.

  • peacekeeping operations.

  • We also exchanged views on recent developments in the

  • South China Sea.

  • We reiterated continued cooperation on addressing

  • climate change and sustainable use of the

  • Mekong River water resources.

  • We believe that promised growth in Vietnam-U.S

  • relations not only brings about benefits for each

  • country, but also contributes to peace,

  • stability, cooperation and development in the Asia

  • Pacific and world, and the ASEAN-U.S.

  • relationships as well.

  • I want to thank President Obama personally, the

  • American leadership, and people and American friends

  • for their goodwill and significant contributions to

  • the normalization and the continued development of the

  • Vietnam-U.S. relations.

  • I wish President Obama and the members of your

  • delegation a successful visit to Vietnam with fond

  • memories of our country, culture, and hospitality of

  • the Vietnamese people.

  • Once again, thank you very much for the presence of

  • American and Vietnamese press and media here today.

  • Thank you very much.

  • President Obama: Good afternoon.

  • Xin chào.

  • Thank you, President Quang, for your generous words.

  • And let me thank you and the government and the people of

  • Vietnam for the sincere welcome and hospitality that

  • has been extended to me and to my delegation.

  • Over the past century, our two nations have known

  • cooperation and then conflict, painful

  • separation, and a long reconciliation.

  • Now, more than two decades of normalized ties between

  • our governments allows us to reach a new moment.

  • It's clear from this visit that both our peoples are

  • eager for an even closer relationship, a

  • deeper relationship.

  • And I was moved to see so many people lining the

  • streets as we were driving into town today.

  • I bring greetings and friendship of the American

  • people, including some outstanding members of

  • Congress who are joining me on this visit, and so many

  • Vietnamese Americans whose families bind us together

  • and remind us of the values that we share.

  • I've indicated before that one of my highest foreign

  • policy priorities as President is to ensure that

  • the United States continues to play a larger and

  • long-term role in the Asia Pacific, which is vital to

  • our security and to our prosperity.

  • We believe the people of this region should live in

  • security, prosperity and dignity.

  • In pursuit of this vision, we're more deeply engaged

  • across the Asia Pacific than we have been in decades, and

  • that includes our Comprehensive Partnership

  • with Vietnam.

  • If you consider where we have been and where we are

  • now, the transformation in the relations between our

  • two countries is remarkable.

  • Over the past two decades, our trade has surged nearly

  • a hundredfold, supporting jobs and opportunities in

  • both countries.

  • Since I took office, we've boosted U.S.

  • exports to Vietnam by more than 150 percent.

  • We're now the single largest market for

  • Vietnam's exports.

  • American companies are one of the top investors here.

  • With our Fulbright programs, thousands of our students

  • and scholars have studied together.

  • And more than 13,000 young people across Vietnam are

  • learning new skills as part of our Young Southeast Asian

  • Leaders Initiative.

  • Vietnam has become one of the top 10 countries with

  • students in the United States.

  • This year, we've welcomed nearly 19,000 -- the most ever.

  • And last year, Vietnam welcomed nearly half a

  • million American tourists to this country -- and I will

  • assure you that more are on the way.

  • Our two governments are also cooperating more closely

  • than ever.

  • As part of our engagement with ASEAN and the East Asia

  • Summit, we're working together to advance regional

  • security and stability.

  • Vietnam has welcomed American navy ships to

  • your ports.

  • Our militaries are conducting more exchanges

  • and partnering on maritime security.

  • Together, we're pursuing the Trans-Pacific Partnership --

  • not only to support trade, but to draw our nations

  • closer together and reinforce

  • regional cooperation.

  • We're doing more to meet global challenges, from

  • preventing nuclear terrorism to promoting global health

  • security, so that outbreaks of disease don't

  • become epidemics.

  • And with this visit, the United States and Vietnam

  • have agreed to a significant upgrade in our cooperation

  • across the board.

  • We're taking new steps to give our young people the

  • education and skills that they need to succeed.

  • And I'm very pleased that, for the first time, the

  • Peace Corps will come to Vietnam.

  • Our Peace Corps volunteers will focus on teaching

  • English, and the friendship that our people forge will

  • bring us closer together for decades to come.

  • American academic and technology leaders --

  • including Intel, Oracle, Arizona State University and

  • others -- will help Vietnamese universities

  • boost training in science, technology, engineering

  • and math.

  • Harvard Medical School, Johnson & Johnson, GE and

  • others will join with Vietnam universities to

  • improve medical education.

  • And now that the government of Vietnam has granted the

  • necessary license, we can say that Fulbright

  • University Vietnam -- this country's first nonprofit,

  • independent university -- can move forward and open

  • its doors and welcome its first class this fall.

  • We're increasing trade.

  • With Vietnam's announcement on multiple entry visas, it

  • will be easier for Americans to come here and do business

  • and travel.

  • President Quang and I just attended a signing ceremony

  • that many of you saw, where American and Vietnamese

  • companies are moving ahead with the new commercial

  • deals worth more than $16 billion.

  • Boeing will sell 100 aircraft to VietJet.

  • Pratt & Whitney will sell advanced engines.

  • GE Wind will partner with the Vietnamese government to

  • develop more wind power.

  • Deals like these are a win for both of our countries --

  • helping to fuel Vietnam's economic growth and

  • supporting tens of thousands of American jobs.

  • We agreed to work to ratify and implement the

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as possible, because it

  • will support vital economic reforms here, further

  • integrate Vietnam into the global economy, and reduce

  • tariffs on American exports to Vietnam.

  • And we discussed the high standards that Vietnam has

  • committed to meet under TPP on labor, the environment

  • and intellectual property.

  • And I conveyed that the United States is prepared to

  • offer technical assistance to Vietnam as it works to

  • fully implement these standards so that TPP

  • delivers the benefits that our peoples expect.

  • With regard to security, the United States will continue

  • to do our part to address the painful legacy of war.

  • On behalf of the American people, including our

  • veterans, I want to thank the government and the

  • people of Vietnam for the many years of cooperation to

  • account for Americans missing in action -- solemn

  • efforts that we'll continue together.

  • We'll continue to help remove unexploded landmines

  • and bombs.

  • And now that our joint effort to remove dioxin --

  • Agent Orange -- from Danang Airport is nearly complete,

  • the United States will help in the cleanup at Bien Hoa

  • Air Base.

  • We've agreed to continue deepening our defense

  • cooperation, including patrol boats and training

  • for Vietnam's Coast Guard, and to work more closely

  • together in responding to humanitarian disasters.

  • And I can also announce that the United States is fully

  • lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to

  • Vietnam that has been in place for some 50 years.

  • As with all our defense partners, sales will need to

  • still meet strict requirements, including

  • those related to human rights.

  • But this change will ensure that Vietnam has access to

  • the equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a

  • lingering vestige of the Cold War.

  • It also underscores the commitment of the United

  • States to a fully normalized relationship with Vietnam,

  • including strong defense ties with Vietnam and this

  • region for the long term.

  • More broadly, the United States and Vietnam are

  • united in our support for a regional order, including in

  • the South China Sea -- where international norms and

  • rules are upheld, where there is freedom of

  • navigation and overflight, where lawful commerce is not

  • impeded, and where disputes are resolved peacefully,

  • through legal means, in accordance with

  • international law.

  • I want to repeat that the United States will continue

  • to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law

  • allows, and we will support the right of all countries

  • to do the same.

  • Even as we make important progress in the ways that

  • I've just described, there continue to be areas where

  • our two governments disagree, including on