On October 24th, the Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh delivered opening remarks at APEC 2017: Creating New Dynamism & Fostering a Shared Future. The briefing addressed the key tenants of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the impact that the agreement has for American economic and security interests in Asia.
The moderator of APEC 2017 – Michael Martin of the Congressional Research Service – opened the event by introducing the Ambassador. Following the Ambassador’s opening remarks, Mr. Martin introduced his fellow panelists: Ambassador David Shear and Mr. Murray Hiebert.
Following the Ambassador’s remarks, Ambassador Shear spoke to the increased frequency of contact between the administration and US-allied APEC members South Korea and Japan indicate that the United States shares in the benefits of increased cooperation between the APEC member economies. Murray Hiebert reinforced Ambassador’s Shear’s view that APEC keenly compliments American security relationships in Asia.
To thank panelists, Rachel MacKnight, with the US-Asia Institute, awarded medals to the event’s speakers. Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh closed the event by thanking the institute for the recognition and partnering with the Embassy of Viet Nam.