Vietnam: We Will not Ally Against China

Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh assured the Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday that his country would not enter into an alliance with the United States against China. 

Pham wished to develop political trust and cooperation with China and that Vietnam would not ally with one country to fight another, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The meeting took place one day ahead of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to Vietnam. 

During the meeting, Xiong affirmed that China is ready to boost political trust with Vietnam, and promised two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China, Reuters reported.

On Wednesday, Harris urged Hanoi to challenge Beijing’s ‘bullying’ in the South China Sea.

“We need to find ways to pressure and raise the pressure on Beijing to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and to challenge its bullying and excessive maritime claims,” Harris said

Harris told Vietnam’s top leaders they would receive a donation of one million Pfizer vaccines within 24 hours. 

She also offered aid in addressing the pandemic and climate change, including more visits by U.S. warships to enhance Vietnam’s maritime security. 

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