US Secretary of State speaks highly of TPP negotiations and touches on East Sea issues.
US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Vietnam from August 6-8 at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.
This is his second official visit to Vietnam as Secretary of State. On August 7 he met with State President Truong Tan Sang, where he shared his views on the progress of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a range of other issues.
Mr. Kerry believes the TPP negotiations this year have been successful. Vietnam still faces issues regarding labor rights that need to be addressed but he also recognized a lot of positive signs.
He also spoke of the importance of the TPP for Vietnam, as when it is signed it will bring significant economic growth and improvements to overall business standards.
Commenting on the relationship between the US and Vietnam, he said the two countries have come a long way after normalizing relations and become comprehensive partners, with achievements in economics, science, education and national security.
After recent events in the East Sea, Mr. Kerry confirmed that Vietnam and the US seek freedom of navigation and the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law. He also reaffirmed that all countries should refrain from creating tension and militarizing the East Sea.