Vietnam-U.S. Relations: Long Strides over the Past 22 Years

Tuan Minh

19:39 14/11/2017

BizLIVE - Vietnam and the United States have made big leaps in relations since the normalization of diplomatic ties. On the occasion of President Donald Trump’s recently-concluded visit to Vietnam, BizLIVE reviews milestone events in the Vietnam-U.S. relationship.

Vietnam-U.S. Relations: Long Strides over the Past 22 Years

Visits that shape the Vietnam-U.S. relationship.

On February 2, 1994, the then-President Bill Clinton announced the removal of the 19-year-old trade embargo on Vietnam. The embargo had been in place since 1975, when North Vietnamese forces liberalized the city of Saigon in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, leading to the national reunification.
A year and a half later, on July 11, 1995, President Bill Clinton announced the normalization of bilateral relations. Photo: AFP 
One month later, Secretary of State Warren Christopher visited Vietnam and was warmly welcomed by Vietnamese people outside the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.Photo: AFP 
On November 16-19, 2000, six years after lifting the embargo, Clinton became the first American head of state to visit Vietnam since before the war. During the visit he attempted to soothe ongoing U.S. internal conflict over the Vietnam War and his actions by stating: “The history we leave behind is painful and hard. We must not forget it, but we must not be controlled by it.” Photo: Reuters 
President Clinton shakes hands with Vietnamese men from a balcony after visiting the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. Photo: AP 
On December 10, 2001, the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral trade agreement (BTA) took effect, and the U.S. immediately provided Vietnam’s goods and companies access to the U.S. market. In 15 years, bilateral trade jumped from $1.5 billion in 2001 to $52 billion in 2016. Photo: VOA 
On June 19-25, 2005, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai paid an official visit to the U.S. 
On November 17-20, 2006, President George W. Bush paid an official visit to Vietnam, becoming the second U.S. president to visit post-war Vietnam. In December 2006, President George W. Bush enacted the Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Vietnam. Between 2001 and 2005, the U.S. became Vietnam’s largest export market. In the photo, PM Nguyen Tan Dung shakes hands with President George W. Bush. Photo: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
One year later, on June 18-23, 2007, President Nguyen Minh Triet had a tour to the U.S. Photo: AFP
In July 2013, during his visit to the U.S., President Truong Tan sang and President Barack Obama issued a joint statement establishing the comprehensive partnership, to advance bilateral ties in a wide range of fields namely politics, security, trade and investment, people-to-people diplomacy and environmental cooperation. Photo:Getty
On July 7, 2015, in a history-making visit to the U.S., Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong was hosted by President Obama in the White House’s Oval Office. Photo: Reuters 
In May 2016, during his official visit to Vietnam, President Obama announced the lift of the ban on lethal arms sales imposed on Vietnam over the past four decades, abolishing the last legacy of the Vietnam War. Photo: Reuters 
On May 31, 2017, President Donald Trump received Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in the West Wing of the White House. PM Phuc became the first ASEAN leader to visit the White House after President Trump took in office. Photo: Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst 
On November 10, President Donald Trump arrived in Da Nang to attend the APEC Summit before making an official visit to Hanoi on November 11-12. Photo: VOA 
  During the visit, trade deals worth up to $12 billion were inks, mostly in the energy, aviation and automobile industries. In the photo: President Trump shakes hands with President Tran Dai Quang on November 12, 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo:CNN