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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
democracy and human rights.
And I made it clear that the United States does not seek
to impose our form of government on Vietnam or on
any nation.
We respect Vietnam's sovereignty and independence.
At the same time, we will continue to speak out on
behalf of human rights that we believe are universal,
including freedom of speech, freedom of the press,
freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
And that includes the right of citizens, through civil
society, to organize and help improve their
communities and their country.
We believe -- and I believe -- that nations are stronger
and more prosperous when these universal rights are
upheld, and when our two countries continue to
discuss these issues as part of our human rights dialogue
in a spirit of constructive and cooperative effort.
And finally, the United States and Vietnam are
expanding our cooperation in ways that benefit the world.
Under our growing climate change partnership, we'll
support Vietnam as it works to meet its commitments
under the Paris agreement.
Because our two countries and others have committed to
joining the agreement this year, we're within striking
distance of it entering into force before
anybody expected.
In the meantime, we'll help communities in vulnerable
regions, like the Mekong Delta adapt to a changing
climate and assist Vietnam's transition to a
low-carbon economy.
And that includes the low-carbon energy that will
come from our cooperation on civil nuclear power.
And as Vietnam prepares to deepen its commitment to U.N.
peacekeeping, the United States is proud to support
Vietnam's new peacekeeping training center.
So, again, President Quang, thank you for
your hospitality.
Thank you for our work together.
I'm looking forward to the opportunity to visit with
the Vietnamese people.
Maybe I will enjoy some cà phê s a dá.
I believe that the relationship between the
Vietnam people and the United States can be one of
the most important in this critical part of the world.
And I believe that the upgrade in our ties that
we've achieved today will deliver greater security,
prosperity, and dignity for both of our peoples for many
decades to come.
Xin c m on.
The Press: I'm from the Vietnam News Agency.
I have a question for President Quang.
Your Excellency, could you advise us and make some
comment on the notable advances in Vietnam-U.S.
relations over the past two decades?
Thank you.
PRESIDENT QUANG:
(as interpreted)
Thank you for your question.
I want to affirm that over the past two decades, since
the establishment of diplomatic relations between
the two countries in July 1995, Vietnam-U.S.
relations have made great strides in many fields.
In terms of politics and diplomacy, Vietnam and the U.S.
are former enemies turned friends.
And now we are comprehensive partners.
The high-level leaders of the two countries often pay
a visit to each other, and the relations have grown
very well bilaterally and multilaterally.
We share the common interests regarding the
regional and international issues.
And our common interests grow day by day,
particularly in relation to the maintenance of peace,
stability, cooperation and development in the region.
With respect to economic cooperation, I'm very
pleased to inform you that the two-way trade has grown
130-fold to U$S 44.5 billion last year.
The U.S. is currently the seventh-largest investor in
Vietnam, and I hope that the U.S.
will soon become the biggest investor in Vietnam, as
Ambassador Ted Osius once mentioned.
The bilateral trade between the two countries has
enormous potential to grow, particularly once the TPP
enters into effect.
Regarding education and training cooperation, we
have obtained many important progression.
Take, for example, the Fulbright University in
Vietnam has recently received its operating license.
The number of Vietnamese students studying in the U.S.
has grown 56-fold to 28,000 students -- the highest
number among the ASEAN countries.
And our cooperation on defense and security
continues to grow in line with the needs of both sides.
The cooperation in remedying the war legacy is now
growing more substantively.
The two countries have recently completed the phase
one of environmental cleanup at Danang Airport, and we
will continue to implement the second phase of the
project at various other sites, including
Bien Hoa Airport.
Together with the progress in bilateral ties, Vietnam
and U.S.
are working together and enhancing the collaboration
on regional and international issues of
common interest in international forums.
The advances in the bilateral relations stems
from the fact that we increasingly share common
concerns and interests.
And both side fully realize the
(inaudible)
to respect each other's independence, sovereignty,
political regimes, and legitimate interests.
The visit of President Barack Obama this time to
Vietnam will surely create stronger momentum for the
development and promotion of Vietnam-U.S.
relations in the future contributing to maintenance
of peace stability, cooperation and development
in Asia Pacific and the wider world.
Thank you very much.
The Press: I have a question for both Presidents about
the lifting of the arms embargo.
To what extent do you see the need to build up
Vietnam's military deterrent against China's behavior in
the South China Sea as part of this decision?
Could this include expanded U.S.
access to Vietnamese ports, including Cam Ranh Bay?
Directly for President Obama, to what degree will
the U.S.
decide on weapons sales based on human
rights considerations?
And for President Quang, how do you respond to the U.S.
push for improved human rights situation in Vietnam?
President Obama: Well, Matt, the decision to lift the ban
was not based on China or any other considerations.
It was based on our desire to complete what has been a
lengthy process of moving towards normalization with
Vietnam -- a process that began with some very
courageous and difficult conversations decades ago,
including led by our current Secretary of State John
Kerry, and Senators Tom Carper and John McCain, and
a whole bunch of other Vietnam veterans, as well as
their counterparts in the Vietnamese government.
And over time, what we've seen is a progressive
deepening and broadening of the relationship.
And what became apparent to me and my administration at
this point was, is that given all the work we do
together across the spectrum of economic, trade, security
and humanitarian efforts, that it was appropriate for
us not to have a blanket across-the-board ban.
Now, every sale that we make to everybody is viewed as a
particular transaction, and we examine what's
appropriate and what's not, and there's some very close
allies of ours where we may not make a particular sale
until we have a better sense of how that piece of
equipment may end up being used.
So we're going to continue to engage in the
case-by-case evaluations of these sales.
But what we do not have is a ban that's based on an
ideological division between our two countries, because
we think, at this stage, both sides have established
a level of trust and cooperation, including
between our militaries, that is reflective of common
interests and mutual respect.
In fact, one of the things that happened through this
Comprehensive Partnership is a dialogue between the U.S.
and Vietnamese military that we hadn't seen in a very
long time.
And we already have U.S.
vessels that have come here to port.
We expect that there will be deepening cooperation
between our militaries, oftentimes around how do we
respond to humanitarian disasters in this region.
There may be occasions in which that means that
additional U.S.
vessels might visit, but I want to emphasize that we
will do so only at the invitation and with the
cooperation of the Vietnamese government, fully
respecting their sovereignty and their sensitivities.
Now, there is, I think, a genuine mutual concern with
respect to maritime issues between the United States
and Vietnam, and I've made no secret of that.
Vietnam, along with ASEAN, met at my invitation in
Sunnylands, California, and we put forward a very close
statement that it is important for us to maintain
the freedom of navigation and the governance of
international norms and rules and law that have
helped to create prosperity and promoted commerce and
peace and security in this region.
And it's my belief that, with respect to the South
China Sea -- although the United States doesn't
support any particular claim -- we are supportive of the
notion that these issues should be resolved
peacefully, diplomatically, in accordance with
international rules and norms, and not based on
who's the bigger party and who can throw their weight
around a little bit more.
At the same time, as I indicated in my initial
statement, the United States is going to continue to fly
and set courses for our ships as international
law allows.
Our hope is that, ultimately, various
claimants and various disputes can be resolved,
and we'll do everything that we can to promote that.
In the meantime, part of our cooperation with Vietnam is
to improve their maritime security posture for a whole
host of reasons.
But I want to emphasize that my decision to lift the ban
really was more reflective of the changing nature of
the relationship.
The last point, with respect specifically to human
rights, as I indicated in my opening statement, this is
an area where we still have differences.
There's been modest progress on some of the areas that
we've identified as a concern.
TPP actually is one of the things that's prompting a
series of labor reforms here in Vietnam that could end up
being extraordinarily significant.
But that is not directly tied to the decision around
military sales.
PRESIDENT QUANG:
(as interpreted)
Thank you very much for the question.
I just want to make some comments on the human rights
cooperation in the general relations between the
two countries.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, the consistent
position and viewpoint of the Vietnamese state and
government is to protect and promote human rights.
This is clearly codified and stipulated in the national
constitution of Vietnam in 2013.
We are now institutionalizing all the
regulations into our laws and -- documents to respect
and promote the human rights in Vietnam.
Over the past 30 years of reform in Vietnam, Vietnam
has achieved remarkable progress in socioeconomic
development, defense and security, especially in
protection and promotion of human rights and the rights
of every citizen in Vietnam.
Those achievements have been highly recognized and
officiated by the international community.
One of the examples -- very good examples to showcase
Vietnam's progress, that Vietnam has been elected as
a member of the U.N.
Human Rights Council in 2016.
As President Obama mentioned earlier, between the two
countries, Vietnam and the U.S., we do have some
differences in some fields, and it is very easy to
understand, particularly on human rights.
We are of the view that based on the respect and the
spirit of mutual understanding, we need to
work closely together and expand our
dialogue together.
And by so doing, we can narrow the gap in
understanding and narrowing the differences between the
countries, especially on human rights.
And the floor is still open.
I invite other questions.
The Press:
(as interpreted)
You have visited over 50 countries during your term
as U.S.
President, and Vietnam is among the last ones on the list.
So what does that say about the Vietnam-U.S. relation?
And how important does the U.S.
view Vietnam in its foreign policy?
Thank you.
President Obama: Well, I would have liked to have
gotten here sooner.
And maybe one of the ways of thinking about it is, we
have an expression in the United States -- we save the
best for last.
(laughter)
So it's a remarkable country.
It's a beautiful country.
And I told the President that, unfortunately, when I
visit, I'm usually in meetings all day long.
So hopefully, when I'm no longer President, I can come
here with my family and I can spend a little more
time, and travel the country a little bit more, and get
to know the people and eat the food, and have a more
relaxing schedule.
But the reason I'm here is because Vietnam is extremely
important not just to the region, but I think to
the world.
First of all, I think highlighting the changes
that have taken place between our two countries,
how just a generation ago we were adversaries and now we
are friends, should give us hope, should be a reminder
of the ability for us to transform relationships when
we have a dialogue that's based on mutual interests
and mutual respect and people-to-people exchanges.
Second, Vietnam is a large, vital, growing country in a
large, vital, and growing region of the world.
I've said this before: The Asia Pacific region is
growing as fast as any place around the world.
It is a young and dynamic region.
It is full of entrepreneurial spirit, and
you're seeing new companies and new jobs being
created constantly.
So the United States wants to be a part of that.
And we, historically, have had good relations with many
countries in this region.
We want to make sure that as Vietnam grows and becomes
more prosperous and achieves greater opportunity, that
the young people of Vietnam have a chance to partner
with the young people of the United States -- trading,
exchanging ideas, working on scientific projects,
starting businesses together -- because I think that will
be good for both countries.
And we think that it is important, from my
perspective, that as a leader in ASEAN, that we
engage Vietnam bilaterally because we want to continue
to strengthen our cooperation with the
multilateral organizations like the East Asia Summit
and ASEAN where we think we've seen some very real
progress over the last several years -- on
everything from commercial issues to disease control to
humanitarian issues.
One of the things that we increasingly discover is
it's harder and harder to solve problems by ourselves.
It's much easier for us to be able to tackle big
problems like climate change, or the outbreak of
disease, or responding to humanitarian disasters when
we have an architecture of cooperation
already established.
So on all these fronts, we've seen
remarkable progress.
The announcements that we're making today I think should
give people an indication of the next stage of the
U.S.-Vietnamese relationship.
These are big deals, all the things that we mentioned
here today.
And it indicates a broader and deeper relationship that
I'm confident will continue to grow in the future.
The Press: Thank you.
President Obama, the Trans-Pacific Partnership
seems fairly stalled in Congress, and other
countries are looking to follow the U.S.
lead in terms of how they advance their approval of
the agreement.
With the deals today announced for Boeing and GE,
and your visit here to Vietnam, are you looking to
change your strategy in how you seek approval for the
Trans-Pacific Partnership in Congress?
And do you think that the agreement should be amended
to address currency manipulation?
Secondly, President Obama, can you comment on the
killing of Taliban leader, Muhammad Mansour, and on
Pakistan's concern about that strike happening on
its soil?
Can you also comment on whether this signals a new
offensive in Afghanistan and whether you're concerned
that an even more hardline leader might take his place?
For President Quang, are you concerned about the lack of
enthusiasm for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in
the U.S.
Congress and what that means for the deal in the end?
And how do you respond to China's criticism of the U.S.
pursuing what China says is a one-sided, selfish agenda
in Asia that risks regional peace?
President Obama: So, first of all, on TPP, Angela, I
haven't been around as long as Senator Carper or
Secretary Kerry, but I've spent enough time in the
Senate to know that every trade deal is painful,
because folks are always seeing if they can get an
even better deal.
And especially when you have multiple parties involved,
folks are going to be scrutinizing it, they're
going to be debating it, and in an election year, you can
anticipate that some folks are going to try to score
political points off it.
Having said that, I remain confident we're going to get
it done.
And the reason I'm confident is because it's the right
thing to do.
It's good for the country.
It's good for America.
It's good for the region.
It's good for the world.
And I know I've said this to you before, but let me
reiterate: This is the fastest-growing part of
the world.
This represents an enormous market for the United States.
Most countries here already sell their stuff to the
United States, and we have relatively low tariffs.
In other words, we put relatively low taxes on
goods that are coming into the United States.
In contrast, tariffs are significantly higher for
United States goods being sold here.
So a deal that gets rid of 18,000 taxes on U.S.
goods into the largest, fastest-growing markets of
the world -- that's a good deal for American businesses
and American workers.
Number two, one of the biggest complaints about
trade deals historically has been that it opens up our
markets to countries with lower wages, harsher labor
practices, less environmental regulation.
Well, if you're signing up for the Trans-Pacific
Partnership, you are making commitments that are
enforceable to raise labor standards, to ensure that
workers have a voice to attend to
environmental problems.
And so this gives us the ability to engage with a
country like Vietnam and work with them on all those
fronts -- the precise things that people, in the past,
have been concerned about when it comes to trading
with other countries.
So I have not yet seen a credible argument that once
we get TPP in place we're going to be worse off.
We are demonstrably better off.
American workers and American businesses are
better off if we get this deal passed.
And I'm confident we will get it passed.
Now, the politics of it will be noisy.
That was true when I, for example, inherited the Korea
Free Trade Agreement, or the Colombia and Panamanian Free
Trade Agreements when I came into office.
But we got them done.
And I'm confident that we'll get them done this time, as
well, although there will be ups and downs and bumps
along the way.
With respect to currency manipulation, we have
provisions in TPP that advance the transparency and
reporting functions that allow us to monitor whether
we think that currency manipulation is taking place.
One of the debates that took place -- and there have been
some who argue that we should have enforceable
provisions that if you see a currency going down too far
that we should be able to impose tariffs on
that country.
The problem is, is that it's very hard to sort out
sometimes why a currency is going down and whether it's
actually being manipulated.
And frankly, for us to bind other countries to
commitments about their monetary policy would mean
we were also binding our Federal Reserve to the
claims of other countries in terms of how it implements
our monetary policy, and that's not something that we
would do.
We would not give up sovereignty with respect to
our monetary policy in that way.
But we have strengthened a number of the provisions
that are already contained in TPP that will allow us to
put on notice folks who we think are engaging in
competitive devaluations.
Finally, on the Taliban leader, Mr. Mansour.
It has been confirmed that he is dead.
And he is an individual who, as head of the Taliban, was
specifically targeting U.S.
personnel and troops inside of Afghanistan who were
there as part of the mission that I've set to be able to
maintain a counterterrorism platform and provide
assistance and training to the Afghan military
forces there.
So this does not represent a shift in our approach.
We are not reentering the day-to-day combat operations
that are currently being conducted by Afghan
security forces.
Our job is to help Afghanistan secure its own
country, not to have our men and women in uniform engage
in that fight for them.
On the other hand, where we have a high-profile leader
who has been consistently part of operations and plans
to potentially harm U.S.
personnel, and who has been resistant to the kinds of
peace talks and reconciliation that
ultimately could bring an end to decades of war in
Afghanistan, then it is my responsibility as
Commander-in-Chief not to stand by, but to make sure
that we send a clear signal to the Taliban and others
that we're going to protect our people.
And that's exactly the message that has been sent.
PRESIDENT QUANG:
(as interpreted)
Let me respond to this question concerning the
Trans-Pacific Partnership -- TPP.
In our view, TPP is a significant trade and
economic linkage, contributing to sustaining
the dynamism and the role as a driver for economic growth
in our country, as well as in the Asia Pacific region.
And for Vietnam, TPP and Vietnam's participation in
TPP is one step undertaken by the Vietnamese government
in our process of extensive international integration.
President Obama: Mr. President, sorry to interrupt.
We're not getting a translation.
INTERPRETER: Testing one, two, three.
Can you hear, Mr. President?
President Obama: Okay.
Because I'm sure that he was saying something very wise
and important, and we want to make sure that we all
heard it.
PRESIDENT QUANG:
(as interpreted)
So I am glad to add that Vietnam, together with other
TPP countries, have been making efforts to narrow
differences, to promote cooperation in the spirit of
mutual understanding and mutual respect.
And we try to reduce differences in a spirit of
constructiveness and understanding, and paying
attention to one another's legitimate interests.
And the finalization of TPP is also the successful
outcomes of all 12 members of the TPP, rather than any
individual effort.
And we are prepared to ratify TPP, and we stand
ready to implement all the commitments under TPP.
MODERATOR: Your Excellency, now we have a technical
problem with the translation system.
So, Mr. President -- President Quang, could you
please repeat again your answer?
PRESIDENT QUANG:
(as interpreted)
Yes, I want to redirect my comments on TPP.
In our view, the TPP is a very significant trade and
economic linkage contributing to the
sustainment of dynamism and the role as a driver of
economic growth in Asia Pacific region.
As for Vietnam, TPP is a one step forward in
implementation of the country's deep and
comprehensive international integration policy, which
aims at promoting the national economic growth
of Vietnam.
Vietnam has worked together with other member countries
to narrow the differences in the spirit of
constructiveness, understanding, and playing
new attention to one another's
legitimate interests.
The finalization of TPP is also the result of the
endeavors from 12 members of the agreement, rather than
the individual effort of any single country.
And Vietnam is now very actively promoting and
accelerating the ratification of the TPP, and
Vietnam is committed to fully implementing all the
policies and provisions of the TPP.
MODERATOR: Thank you very much, President Tr n Ð i
Quang, and President Barack Obama.
Ladies and gentlemen, with that, I declare the press
conference adjourned.
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President Obama and President Quang

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Jim published on May 27, 2016
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