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Vietnam, U.S. leaders underscored the importance of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea

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President Trump stressed that the United States will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.

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On an official visit to the US, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and US President Donald Trump discussed measures to develop the two countries’ relations and regional issues.

The US-VN Joint Statement for Enhancing the Comprehensive Partnership read: “President Trump and Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc affirmed that the South China Sea is a waterway of strategic significance to the international community. The two leaders underscored the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the seas, and noted with concern the destabilizing impacts that unlawful restrictions to the freedom of the seas have on peace and prosperity in the Asia–Pacific region. 

The two sides also affirmed full support for the peaceful resolution of disputes without the threat or use of force or coercion, in accordance with international law, including full respect for diplomatic and legal processes, and called upon all parties concerned to implement their international legal obligations in good faith in any resolution to these disputes. They highlighted the importance that parties refrain from actions that would escalate tensions, such as the militarization of disputed features.

President Trump stressed that the United States will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”

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