Vietnam remains key Asian-Pacific partner of Australia: Julie Bishop, Vietnam Net Bridge, 1 December 2016.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

Australia continues to see Vietnam as one of its key partners in Asia-Pacific, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on November 30.

At the talks, Minh, who is on an official visit to Australia from November 29 to December 1, said his country wants to enhance intensive and effective cooperation with Australia in all fields for the sake of the two peoples…

Australia is currently the eighth largest trade partner of Vietnam and also accommodates the biggest number of Vietnamese students. Meanwhile, the Southeast Asian nation has received a large number of Australian students and apprentices under the New Colombo Plan…

With regard to measures to solidify bilateral relations, Australia pledged to facilitate Vietnamese agricultural and aquatic products’ entrance to its market. It affirmed that Vietnam is an important economic partner in the region, and it will continue prioritising ODA provision for Vietnam in the fields listed in the Vietnam-Australia Plan of Action 2016-2019.

The two sides will coordinate to optimise opportunities and interests generated by the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and the ASEAN Economic Community. They will also promote the ratification and implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the finalisation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership…

The two countries hold numerous advantages and potential to intensify relations. Australia should facilitate the import of Vietnam’s strong products, especially tropical fruits. Vietnam is also ready to purchase high-quality agricultural products, coal and liquefied gas from Australia, he (Mimh) added.



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