Few nations have changed the course of their relationship as profoundly in as little time as Vietnam and the United States have. This week, the official U.S. visit of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, will mark yet another milestone in the relations between our countries.
Over the past 20 years, we have progressed from an embargo to fuller diplomatic relations, a bilateral trade agreement and a comprehensive partnership. Now the visit by the general secretary at the invitation of the Obama administration signals U.S. respect for Vietnam’s choice of political regime. To be sure, Vietnam’s political system does not mirror that of the United States, but in important ways we seek to move in the same direction — a market economy, stronger investor protections, and peace and stability in international affairs.… Seguir leyendo »