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Vietnam, Australia have strong relation: CSIS expert

Vietnam, Australia have strong relation: CSIS expert

Tuesday, June 06, 2023, 11:25 GMT+7
Vietnam, Australia have strong relation: CSIS expert
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on June 4, 2023. Photo: The Australian prime minister’s Twitter account

The Vietnam and Australia relation has flourished thanks to mutual respect and trust, so time is ripe for the bilateral ties to reach a new height, said an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), headquartered in the United States.

Dr. Le Thu Huong, a pundit at CSIS, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday that the multifaceted relations have become closer and stronger.

Two-way trade has expanded over the past few years, while Australian enterprises have been rushing to the Vietnamese market, said the expert.

“The Vietnam and Australia partnership shows much potential, especially in the renewable energy, essential mineral extraction, and cybersecurity fields,” Dr. Huong said.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s two-day official visit to Vietnam marked an important milestone for the bilateral ties, helping cement the relationship between the two governments, Dr. Huong underscored.

In an interview on ABC News on Monday, PM Albanese affirmed that his visit to Vietnam was successful. He repeatedly expressed his feelings during his Vietnam trip on Twitter.

The leader of Australia hoped the two nations would jointly build a firm foundation for the two-way relationship.

The Australian leader left Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Sunday night, ending his working trip. 

This was PM Albanese’s first official visit to Vietnam since he took office in May last year.

During the trip, he met with the highest-level Vietnamese officials, including Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Vo Van Thuong, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

On this occasion, the Australian prime minister announced an aid package worth AU$105 million (US$69.4 million) for Vietnam to develop sustainable infrastructure and mining industry, and speed up energy transition.

The top Australian leader’s visit impressed many Vietnamese people as he spent time visiting a local beer spot in Hanoi to enjoy bia hoi (light Vietnamese draft beer) and savoring local food after he arrived in the capital city.

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Tieu Bac - Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre News


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