Obama Said to Invite Vietnam’s President to Washington

from The Wall Street Journal..

July 10, 2013

By NGUYEN PHAM MUOI

HANOI—President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam has been invited by PresidentBarack Obama to visit the White House this month, according to people in Vietnam familiar with the matter, in what would be only the third presidential state visit between the two countries since diplomatic relations were established in 1995.

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The two countries have had delicate relations due partly to U.S. concerns over the communist country’s handling of dissent. On Tuesday, the trial of prominent dissident Le Quoc Quan was postponed indefinitely because the judge was sick, state media reported.

But the U.S. remains Vietnam’s No. 2 trading partner after China, and Vietnam has posted growing trade surpluses since 1997. In 2012, Vietnam recorded a surplus of $15.6 billion, versus $13.2 billion in 2011, according to U.S. data.

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Vietnam and the U.S. have so far discussed bilateral cooperation for maritime security, search and rescue operations, peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Link to the entire article:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324694904578597622042555796.html?KEYWORDS=Vietnam

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