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Time for ‘Next Step’ in US-Vietnam Relations: McCain

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7 Apr 09 | AFP

Vietnam and the United States must take the “next step” in their relationship, beyond the normalisation that followed years of war, Senator John McCain said during a visit Tuesday.

McCain, who lost his bid for the White House to Democrat Barack Obama in November, called for “a modernisation of our ties commensurate with Vietnam’s rising status in the region and in the world.”

In a speech applauded by students at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, McCain, 72, said the two countries should have closer economic and military ties.

He also said communist Vietnam, a one-party state, had a chance to extend its economic and diplomatic achievements by making changes of “historic magnitude” in its approach to political freedoms. >>>


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7 April 2009 at 2:47 pm

Posted in Asia, International, US

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