Trump sends letter to Vietnam's president to promote ties

HANOI - US President Donald Trump has written to Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang to promote more cooperation between the two countries, the government website cited Quang as saying.
Vietnam and the United States had advanced ties to a new level under the Obama administration amid a dispute with China over South China Sea issues, while Trump has also expressed his hope for a stronger relationship.
Trump sent a letter to Quang "affirming his wishes to promote cooperation on economics, trade, regional and international issues," the Vietnamese government website said.
Quang made the remarks during a meeting with the US ambassador to Vietnam on Friday.
Quang emphasized that Vietnam welcomes US efforts to improve cooperation with countries in the region to maintain the freedom of navigation and aviation.
US Ambassador Ted Osius was reported as saying that Trump is considering attending the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam this year.
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