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John McCain

Vietnam visit

In 2009 Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar visited Vietnam with Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican.[1]

2014 Vietnam trip

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while receiving Senators John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse in Hanoi on August 9, 2014.

He spoke highly of effective cooperation in the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership as well as both sides’ effort in boosting bilateral relations in recent times. He proposed that the US support Vietnam in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations, taking into account the country’s development levels. He said successful negotiations and the signing of the trade pact will significantly benefit the two countries.

The PM expressed Vietnam’s desire to increase cooperation with the US in national defence and security, and therefore, he proposed the US support Vietnam in improving its capacity to defend national sovereignty.

He also asked for US assistance in overcoming the consequences of the past war, especially addressing unexploded ordnance and dioxin issues.

Stressing the importance of internet security, the PM said Vietnam is ready to cooperate with the US in this field.

Regarding human rights issues, Dung said Vietnam is making every effort to better guarantee fundamental human rights, as human rights are the legitimate goal and requirement of Vietnamese people. He told his guests that the human rights situation in Vietnam has improved significantly in recent years and Vietnam is willing to conduct frank dialogue on human rights with the US.

Senators McCain and Whitehouse said their visit aimed to strengthen US-Vietnam cooperation in various areas.

They said that peace, stability and security in Asia, and South East Asia in particular, are being threatened by unjustifiable territorial claims, including China’s nine-dotted line claim, which are the root cause of instability in the region.

General Phung Quang Thanh received Senator John McCain, who said after the visit he would ask the US Congress to soon lift the ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.

General Thanh, in turn, acknowledged the US’s effective cooperation with Vietnam, including in search and rescue work at sea, emergency relief, bomb and mine clearance, and dioxin remediation, while sharing its experience in joining the UN peacekeeping operations.

At the meeting, Thanh and McCain said the two countries should promote cooperation in maritime security and safety, staff training, and exchange of delegations.

In the face of global complications and security threats, Vietnam and the US should increase bilateral cooperation, especially in economics, trade, national defence and security, said US Senator John McCain.

McCain, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was speaking at a reception in Hanoi on August 8 given by NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Committees on the Budget, the Judiciary, Environment and Public Works, Health, Education, Labour, and Pensions,

also attended the meeting. McCain voiced his support for the lifting of a US ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam and said after the visit he and Senator Whitehouse would ask the US Congress to remove the ban as soon as possible.

Both Senators agreed that the two countries need to tighten cooperation, especially in security and national defence, internet security and construction of hydro power projects.

McCain noted the upcoming signing of free trade agreements, especially the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), will create plenty of opportunity for each country and the whole region to increase trade.[2]


  1. [ Star Tribune, Franken headed to Vietnam Posted by: Kevin Diaz under Minnesota U.S. senators Updated: June 30, 2010]
  2. [VNA news agency website, Hanoi, in English 16 Jul 10 Legal Monitor Worldwide, August 11, 2014 Monday, PM pushes for stronger Vietnam-US relations]