Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Marks 15th Anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam Relations

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July 23, 2010
Secretary Clinton and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Mark 15th Anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam Relations

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On July 22, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks at an event celebrating the 15th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam relations in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Secretary said, "It is an understatement to say that we have accomplished so much together since 1995. We have made an intensive effort to rebuild ties that increase engagement on issues as diverse as health and human rights, energy, security, defense, and most certainly business, trade, and investment. Our investment in Vietnam has contributed to the momentum of Vietnam's rise and expanded opportunity for a generation of young people eager to find their place in the world."

The Secretary continued, "Thirty-five years ago we ended a war that inflicted terrible suffering on both our nations, and still remains a living memory for many of our people. Despite that pain, we dedicated ourselves to the hard work of building peace. We have consistently moved in the direction of engagement and cooperation. Even on those issues where we disagree, we still reach for dialogue.

"This has not been easy, but it has been worth every bit of effort, that so many people in both countries have decided to invest in it. That is evident in the partnerships formed between our businesses, the thousands of students who are participating in educational exchanges, the hundreds of thousands of our citizens who cross the ocean each year to explore the other's country and culture. These ties enrich us, and are proof of a peace that exists not only on paper, but is rooted in the minds and hearts of the American and Vietnamese people. And it is a credit to both our nations that this progress has been possible."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.



Kenneth T.
July 23, 2010

Kenneth T. in Canada writes:

15th Anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam friendship being celebrated in Hanoi. So it is 35 years since the U.S. ended a war, because it did not have the stamina to keep going. Few of you might remember how it started. But I on the other hand will never forget, because it was the day the Vietnam War really began in earnest. You see ,I was on my watch, it was O2:03 hrs on the morning of August 4,1964, and there was a fog, that the USS Maddox began shelling the British merchantman the M/V Kohinur at the entrance to the Gulf of Tonkin. We radioed her and asked why she was shelling. The reply came, that the USS Maddox mistook the M/V Kohinur for a North Vietnamese Gun-Boat. When the USS Maddox asked our destination, we told them that we were headed for Tsamkong, People's China. They were very annoyed.

This story was hidden from the press, because the U.S. was supposedly an ally, but it was never cleared up. I supposed that the U.S. Navy does this sort of thing regularly. So why should I be surprised at all.

I am sorry to have to remind you in the U.S. that if you make a mistake be honest enough to admit it.

Pamela G.
West Virginia, USA
July 26, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

It is still difficult for me to see us engage with the vietnamese. Such bad memories always surface. But we must move forward for our country and children. A good relationship with Viet Nam will help us move on.


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