Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Scientific conference “Building Vietnam-US relations: Comprehensive, profound and sustainable”.

28/06/2019

On June 11st, 2019, at the headquarters of No. 1 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam Institute of American Studies (VIAS) under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences organized a Scientific Conference "Building Vietnam - US relations: Comprehensive, profound and sustainable". Vice President of the Academy, Dr. Dang Xuan Thanh attended and chaired the first session of the conference.

Dr. Dang Xuan Thanh - Vice President of the Academy and Assoc.Prof.Dr. Cu Chi Loi - Director of the VIAS co-chaired the conference Panoramic conference

On the side of the Academy, attending the conference, there were Assoc.Prof.Dr. Cu Chi Loi, Director of Vietnam Institute of American Studies; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Vo Dai Luoc, former director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP); Prof.Dr. Do Tien Sam, former director of the China Research Institute, and scientists, experts from research institutes of the Academy.

On the guest side, there was Mr Bui The Giang, Former Director of Department for West Europe and North America Affairs, Commission for External Relations of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV Central Committee); Colonel Le The Mau, International Research Specialist, Defense Strategies Institute, Department of Defense; Mr. Tran Viet Thai, Deputy Director General of the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and a large number of scholars, scientists from Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Department of American Affairs (Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Strategy Institute (Vietnam Ministry of Defence), Department of Science, Strategy (Vietnam Ministry of Public Security).

Since the establishing Vietnam - US comprehensive partnership in the visit of President Truong Tan Sang to the US in 2013, the relations between the two countries have made great progress and brought significant benefits in many areas. However, at present, the situation in the world and the region has changed, even fundamentally, which have directly impacted Vietnam-US relations, not only creating many exploit opportunities but also challenges that need to be solved. That situation required Vietnam and the United States to strive to promote a more profound and sustainable partnership between the two countries; even need to be raised to a higher level, towards a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Mr. Bui The Giang, Former Director of Department for West Europe and North America Affairs, Commission for External Relations of the CPV Central Committee discussed at the conference Assoc.Prof.Dr. Cu Chi Loi - Director of the VIAS discussed at the conference

In the welcome speech, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Cu Chi Loi warmly welcomed the participation of many delegates. He said that the purpose of the conference was to help the two sides better understand each other and toward the Vietnam-US relations in the future. Session 1: Papers aimed to discuss the situation of Vietnam - US relations and make suggestions for the relations in the coming period. Session 2: Discussion aimed to properly assess the United States, giving new directions and new proposals to develop Vietnam - US diplomatic relations. He also hoped that the conference would be a significant input for the academic report submitted to the Central Committee.

At the first session, the workshop received 4 presentations of speakers: Mr. Nguyen Tuan Minh, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of American Journal; Mr. Bui The Giang, Former Director of Department for West Europe and North America Affairs, Commission for External Relations of the CPV Central Committee; Colonel Le The Mau, International Research Specialist, Defense Strategies Institute, Department of Defense; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Cu Chi Loi, Director of Vietnam Institute of American Studies, Academy. They presented the main contents: Looking back on the comprehensive US-Vietnam partnership; Some advantages and disadvantages in Vietnam - US relations; Promote comprehensive Vietnam-US partnership in new conditions; Building Vietnam-US relations: Comprehensive, profound and sustainable. The papers focused on analyzing the U.S. role in the context of the new world order, the U.S. role in Vietnam's development, especially the Vietnamese economy. Thereby, drawing significant opportunities to promote the relationship between the two countries at a new level.

Prof.Dr. Do Tien Sam, former director of the China Research Institute spoke at the conference Mr. Tran Viet Thai, Deputy Director General of the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke at the conference

The conference was well organized, all the sessions were notably exciting. It received a lot of insight, comments and suggestions of scientists from many different aspects. Scholars have agreed that Vietnam and the United States need to elevate and deepen bilateral relations. This was beneficial to both countries, as well as regional cooperation and development issues. However, in order to exploit these opportunities, in the short term, Vietnam still had many challenges to resolve from internal factors (differences in ideology, vision) to external factors (China)…

The conference ended successfully with a lot of new ideas, proposals for Vietnam - US relations. With the new opportunities and determination of the leaders of Vietnam and the United States, in the coming time, we expect a "transformation" in Vietnam - US relations. It may not achieve a comprehensive strategic partnership, but at least a relationship upgrade with more comprehensive, profound and sustainable.

Hong Nhung

 



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