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U.S., Vietnam have work to do to build out new partnership

Remarkable upgrade in ties underscores shared economic, strategic interests

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U.S. President Joe Biden, left, with Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, at a military welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Sept.10. (Pool via AP)

Jonathan Stromseth is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

The agreement reached by Washington and Hanoi to upgrade bilateral ties, unveiled by U.S. President Joe Biden and Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on Sept. 10, shows that this relationship is increasingly rooted in shared regional objectives and economic interests.

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