Vietnam’s Communist Party top official visiting US first time in history

The United States says China’s behavior at seas made Southeast Asian countries look for stronger relationship with US. “We now have more countries in Southeast Asia looking to the United States and striking stronger relationships with us than we’ve ever had, less because of what we’ve done than because of what China has done,” US Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said June 26 at Washington.

Blinken, the number two top official in US State Department said of the Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will be visiting the US, the first time for Communist Party of Vietnam’s top official in history.

“We’ll have the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam coming to the United States to visit President Obama in just about 10 days’ time,” Blinken said.

“The first visit by a general secretary in history – on the 20th anniversary of the restoration of relations,” he noted.

The visit will send a strong message to the world that former war enemies, who once fought each other fiercely and suffered great loss, can still become friends and build good relations.