SOURCE: U.S. State Department
Finally, Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel and Vietnamese Vice Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son will lead the U.S. and Vietnamese delegations today for the fifth U.S.-Vietnam Asia-Pacific Dialogue at the State Department. The two delegations will discuss a range of regional and global issues, including preparations for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, the East Asia Summit, and the U.S.-ASEAN Summit in November. Vice minister – Vietnamese vice foreign minister, sorry, also met with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman today to review U.S.-Vietnam relations ahead of the 20th anniversary of bilateral relations in 2015 and discuss – and to discuss regional and global issues.
QUESTION: Twenty years already?
MS. PSAKI: Already.
QUESTION: It seemed like just yesterday that —
MS. PSAKI: Time flies.
QUESTION: It’s on India. The Vietnam’s foreign minister is traveling to India, and India has announced to help Vietnam in training its forces and also supplies some of its missiles – BrahMos missiles – to Vietnam. How do you see India’s move in this? China is obviously irate about it.
MS. PSAKI: Well, we certainly encourage strong relationships in the region. I don’t have more details than that, so I’d point you to those countries to speak to that.