Timeline

 
  • November 11 - 12, 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump visits Viet Nam.
 
  • May 29 - 31, 2017: Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits the United States. 
 
  • May 22 - 24, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama visits Viet Nam. May 23, U.S. President Barack Obama announces the U.S. is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Viet Nam.
 
  • July 6 - 10, 2015: General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visits the United States.
 
  • June 1, 2015: Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sign a joint vision statement on defense relations.
 
  • February 23, 2015: Vietnamese Ambasador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Pham Quang Vinh presents Letter of Credential to U.S. President Barack Obama.
 
  • October 2, 2014. The United States partially lifts its longtime ban on the provision of lethal weapons to Viet Nam.
 
  • July 24 - 26, 2013: President Truong Tan Sang visits the United States. On July 25, President Truong Tan Sang and President Barack Obama announces a comprehensive partnership between the two countries.
 
  • July 7, 2011: Vietnamese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Nguyen Quoc Cuong presents Letter of Credential to U.S. President Barack Obama.

 

  • May 23, 2011: Vietnamese Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang attends the meeting of the Viet Nam -U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council in Washington with an agreement on access to each other’s market for several mutually-supplementary agricultural products.

 

  • June 23 -26, 2008: Visit to the U.S, by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

 

  • January 22, 2008: Vietnamese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Le Cong Phung presents Letter of Credential to U.S. President George W. Bush.

 

  • June 18 - 23, 2007: Visit by President Nguyen Minh Triet to the U.S.

 

  • December 08, 2006: Approval by U.S. House of Representative of the Bill to extend the Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to Viet Nam. Dec 9 2006, the Bill was passed in the U.S. Senate.

 

  • November 17 - 20, 2006: U.S. President George W. Bush visits Viet Nam.

 

  • May 31, 2006: Signing of bilateral agreement on Viet Nam's accession to the World Trade Organization.

 

  • June 19 - 25, 2005: Visit to the United States by Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai.

 

  • December 9, 2004: United Airlines launches the first direct service between U.S. and Viet Nam.

 

  • April 2, 2004: The formation of the U.S. - Viet Nam Caucus is announced.

 

  • December 10, 2001: Bilateral Trade Agreement enters effect after exchange of ratification letters by Viet Nam's Trade Minister Vu Khoan and U.S Trade Representative Zoelick at Blair House.

 

  • November 24 2001: Viet Nam's National Assembly approved BTA.

 

  • October 18, 2001: U.S. President George W. Bush signed Resolution of ratification of BTA.

 

  • October 8, 2001: U.S Senate approved the Bilateral Trade Agreement between the U.S and Viet Nam.

 

  • September 12, 2001: President Tran Duc Luong and Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien send message of condolences to President George W. Bush and American people ater tragey Sept 11.

 

  • July 2-6, 2001: Viet Nam and the U.S agreed to conduct two research projects on Agent Orange.

 

  • November 16-19, 2000: U.S. President Bill Clinton pays an official vist to Viet Nam.

 

  • July 13, 2000: The two sides sign a landmark trade agreement a quarter of a century after the end of the Vietnam War.

 

  • June 19, 2000: The U.S. pledges 1.7 million dollars in humanitarian aid to help Vietnam detect and destroy mines and unexploded ordnance.

 

  • July 25, 1999: Viet Nam signs a trade agreement in principle with the U.S. in Ha Noi.

 

  • January 1999: Viet Nam grants Most Favored Status to American companies working in Viet Nam although the two countries dont have bilateral trade agreement yet.

 

  • October 1, 1998: Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam visits the U.S., the first official visit to the U.S.

 

  • March 11, 1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton announces a waiver that excludes Vietnam from the Jackson-Vanick amendment.

 

  • May 1997: The two countries exchange Ambassadors. Mr. Le Van Bang becomes Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Mr. Douglas Peterson becomes U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.

 

  • August 5, 1995: Secretary of State Warren Christopher inaugurates the U.S. embassy in Ha Noi as he pays the first official visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to Viet Nam.

 

  • July 11, 1995: U.S. President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet announce of establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Viet Nam.

 

  • January 28, 1995: The two countries announce the opening of liaison offices.

 

  • February 3, 1994: U.S. President Bill Clinton announces the lifting of the trade embargo against Viet Nam, a week after it is approved by the U.S. Senate.

 

  • September 14, 1993: U.S. President Bill Clinton allows U.S. firms to take part in development projects financed by international institutions in Viet Nam.

 

  • July 2, 1993: U.S. President Bill Clinton authorizes the International Monetary Fund to refinance Viet Nam's foreign debt (140 million dollars), clearing the way for Viet Nam to receive international financial aid.

 

  • April 25, 1993: The first U.S. company, Vatico (consultancy), opens an office in Viet Nam.

 

  • December 14, 1992: U.S. President George H. W. Bush allows U.S. companies to open representative offices in Viet Nam and to sign contracts once the US trade embargo is lifted.

 

  • November 11, 1991: U.S. Government officially allows American tourists, veterans, journalists, businessmen to visit Viet Nam.

 

  • September 29, 1990: Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach meets U.S. State Secretary James Baker in New York.

 

  • September 29-31, 1988: Second visit of U.S. General John Vessey to Viet Nam on humanitarian issues which both sides share interest.

 

  • August 1-3, 1987: Special Envoy of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, General John Vessey first time visits Viet Nam to discuss humanitarian issues of mutual interest.

 

  • April 30, 1975: A U.S. trade embargo, already in effect against North Viet Nam since 1964, is extended to the whole of Viet Nam.