Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh visits US Naval Postgraduate School


Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh visited the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, in early April at the invitation of the US Navy. 



During the trip, the ambassador held a meeting with Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and NPS President Ronald Route and deans of NPS faculties.


The sides appreciated recent development in Vietnam – US relations and highlighted the successful visits to the US by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and to Vietnam by President Donald Trump. They also took noted of progress in bilateral security – defence ties as seen through the trips made by Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich to the US, and by US Defence Minister Jame Mattis and aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to Vietnam.


Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh informed his hosts on socio-economic development, reform achievements, and diplomatic policies of Vietnam, saying that he expects bilateral ties to grow stronger, particularly in naval exchanges and cooperation. He also voiced his support for cooperation between the naval school and its Vietnamese partners.


NPS President Ronald Route lauded the first visit of the diplomat to his school. Introducing the NPS’s educational strengths in the fields of IT, management, naval capacity building, and defence, Route said the school has worked with 110 countries worldwide on naval capacity enhancement. He said the NPS want to discuss with Vietnam cooperation in training in both short and long terms in such fields as naval security, peacekeeping, cyber-security, and search & rescue mission.


Congressman Panetta shared his impression of the development of Vietnam – US Strategic Partnership in recent years and the enhanced role of Vietnam in the region. He said he wants bilateral ties to be strengthened across such sectors as education-training, trade, agriculture, and science-technology.


During his time at the school, Ambassador Vinh engaged in a talk with teachers and students at the international studies department, with discussion revolving around Vietnam – US ties, Vietnamese and US diplomacies in the region, the ASEAN, and regional security problems, including the East Sea issue.


Founded in 1909, the NPS is a graduate university offering master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 70 fields of study to members of the US Armed Forces, and international partners. On an average annual basis, the establishment trains about 2,400 students. -VNA