US President Joe Biden attends a meeting with Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, at the Communist Party of Vietnam Headquarters in Hanoi, Sept. 10, 2023.

Source: VOA News\

HANOI — U.S. and Vietnamese leaders Monday hailed an agreement to elevate relations and spoke about the potential for boosting innovation and investment.

As he met with Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong in Hanoi, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke about deepening collaboration on the “challenges that matter most to our people” and said it is remarkable “how far and how fast we’ve come.”

Thuong called the agreement a “momentous occasion” and said it was “opening up a new chapter.”

Biden earlier met with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and the two attended a business forum where Biden discussed deepening collaboration with Vietnam on cloud computing, semiconductors and artificial intelligence.

He cited a “new stage” in U.S.-Vietnam relations and said the two countries need to continue partnerships.

“My message today is quite simple. Let’s keep it up,” Biden said.

Attendees at the meeting included executives from the top U.S. and Vietnamese semiconductor, tech and aviation firms.

The White House also announced a $7.8 billion deal between Boeing and Vietnam Airways that it said would support 30,000 jobs in the United States.

Monday’s talks came a day after the United States and Vietnam elevated their relationship to a “comprehensive strategic partnership” – a move the White House described as “unprecedented and momentous,” and that brings the U.S. level with its main adversary, China, which has the same upper-tier diplomatic status with Vietnam.

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