Vietnam, United States top leaders discuss maritime disputes

United States President Obama welcomed General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of Vietnam’s Communist Party at the White House Tuesday, July 7. Obama welcomed the Vietnamese leader to the Oval Office for his first visit to US during the 20th year anniversary of the normalization of relations between the United States and Vietnam.

“We discussed the importance of resolving maritime disputes in the South China Sea and throughout the Asia Pacific in accordance with international law,” Obama said after their meeting.

This is “to ensure that the prosperity and freedom of navigation that has underwritten the enormous economic growth that’s taken place in the region continues for decades to come.”

After Obama’s speech, Nguyen Phu Trong said “we discussed and shared our views on the recent developments in the South China Sea, and also shared our concern about the recent activities that are not in accordance with international law that may complicate the situation.”

The two leaders also discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change and Vietnamese-Americans exchanges.