Partnerships

Vietnam an Important Indo-Pacific Partner

April 3, 2019 | BY David Vergun

Assistant Defense Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver discussed U.S.-Vietnamese strategic cooperation during a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Key Points:

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The U.S. considers Vietnam a valued partner in the region.
Soldier rappels as people watch.
Rescue Training
Oregon National Guardsmen conduct a search and rescue scenario in Vietnam, Sept. 23, 2014. The team included nine Army National Guardsmen from the 224th Engineer Company, and one from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing. The guardsmen were partnered with Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue for a weeklong exchange, Sept. 21-28, 2014.
Photo By: Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik
VIRIN: 140923-A-PL933-284
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Vietnam's armed forces consist of the Vietnam People's Army, the Vietnam People's Public Security and the Vietnam Civil Defense Force. The VPA includes ground forces, a navy and an air force, with 450,000 active-duty personnel. If paramilitary forces are included, the total military population is around 5 million.
Vietnamese military personnel sit at a table.
Table Talk
Vietnamese army Deputy Chief of Staff Senior Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh, left, and other visiting dignitaries from Vietnam receive a briefing at the Coast Guard station in Warrenton, Ore., Nov. 15, 2018. The Oregon National Guard hosted a delegation with Vietnam’s National Committee for Incident, Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, to discuss disaster response initiatives as part of the State Partnership Program. The delegation toured facilities around the state to gain insights into disaster response.
Photo By: Army National Guard Master Sgt. John Hughel
VIRIN: 181115-Z-CH590-079Y
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Vietnam is a member of the United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, International Organisation of the Francophonie, and the World Trade Organization.
Men in various military uniforms stand around.
RIMPAC Chat
Military officials from Vietnam observe the Tripler Medical Assistant Team at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief scenario, July 20, 2012, in order to participate in future international training evolutions during Rim of the Pacific exercises. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamar X. Perry
VIRIN: 120720-N-RE144-188
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A forecast by PricewaterhouseCoopers states that Vietnam could be the fastest growing of the world's emerging economies by 2025.