Biden says he plans to travel to Vietnam ‘shortly’

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on July 21, Washington, DC.



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President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he plans to soon visit Vietnam in an effort “to change our relationship,” with the Southeast Asian nation.

“I’m going to be going to Vietnam shortly, because Vietnam wants to change our relationship and become a partner,” he said, according to press pool reports from a campaign reception.

Biden’s off-camera remarks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, come as his administration is seeking to counter China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

CNN has asked the White House for details on Biden’s remarks previewing travel to Vietnam.

Last year, Biden, along with leaders from Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) during a visit to Tokyo.

The announcement had marked one of the centerpieces of Biden’s visit to the continent.

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