The President's Visit to Vietnam GEOPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES

President Biden stopped in Vietnam for a brief but consequential visit on Sunday and Monday to reinforce the United States’ commitment to a strong, prosperous, resilient, and independent Vietnam. During the State visit, the two countries agreed to upgrade their relationship to a “comprehensive strategic partnership”, a symbolic but significant diplomatic status that puts the U.S. on par with China, Russia, India and South Korea.

What were the key outcomes from the Biden visit? How will this new phase in Hanoi-Washington relations impact the region, relations with China, and prospects for enhanced trade and investment between the U.S. and Vietnam? AmCham members are invited to join our exclusive conversation on Thursday morning with Gregory B. Poling, senior fellow and the director of the Southeast Asia Program and the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Greg directs the Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he is also a senior fellow. He is a leading expert on the South China Sea disputes and conducts research on U.S. alliances and partnerships, democratization and governance in Southeast Asia, and maritime security across the Indo-Pacific. He is the author of the recently published On Dangerous Ground: America’s Century in the South China Sea, along with various works on U.S. relations with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia at large. His writings have been featured in Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, and the Naval War College Review, among others.

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