The message was passed in online talks held this week with U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas, who is Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).Vietnam’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ha Kim Ngoc, said that as the current ASEAN chair, Vietnam has cooperated with other bloc members to maintain all activities during the pandemic, and hopes it will be contained soon so that the nation can welcome ASEAN leaders and partners, including President Donald Trump, to Hanoi for the East Asia Summit slated to take place this November.Castro expressed appreciation over the pandemic fight in ASEAN, especially Vietnam which has reported no deaths so far, as well as ASEAN-U.S. cooperation in dealing with the pandemic.He said the priority now is to promote coordination in dealing with the complicated developments of Covid-19.Ngoc said Vietnam highly values the recent statements by foreign affairs officials of the U.S. House and the Senate, which “clarify the U.S.’s position on the South China Sea and makes it clear that China’s territorial claims are illegal.”The South China Sea is known in Vietnam as the East Sea.On July 13, U.S. Senators Jim… Read full this story
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