Viet Nam ready to discuss economic issues with US: spokeswoman

Friday, Aug 12, 2022 11:33

Steel pipes produced in Viet Nam.— VNA/VNS Photo

Viet Nam is ready to keep frequent contact with the US to deal with emerging issues, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday, regarding an official US launch of an anti-circumvention investigation into steel pipes imported from Viet Nam.

Speaking at the ministry’s regular press briefing, Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang noted the Viet Nam - US comprehensive partnership had recorded progress in all areas, including in economy, trade and investment.

Viet Nam is the leading Southeast Asian trade partner of the US, which in turn is the second biggest trade partner of Viet Nam. Bilateral trade surpassed US$110 billion in 2021.

She stressed that Viet Nam welcomed the policy of promoting economic, trade, and investment ties with the US on the basis of freedom, equality, mutual benefit, and conformity with bilateral agreements and WTO regulations.

Viet Nam was ready to maintain frequent contact with the US via existing mechanisms such as the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement to deal with emerging issues in a timely manner and enhance bilateral economic, trade and investment relations for the sake of the two countries’ enterprises and people, Hang noted.

“In that spirit, we are ready and wish the US discuss this issue with us,” the spokeswoman added. — VNS

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