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Justine Trudeau begins State visit

Released at: 17:23, 08/11/2017

Justine Trudeau begins State visit

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and PM Justin Trudeau. Photo: VGP

Canadian Prime Minister touched down in Hanoi on November 8.

by Quang Huy

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Hanoi on the morning of November 8 on his first official visit to Vietnam, which will include a trip to Ho Chi Minh City before he attends the APEC Summit in Da Nang.

Mr. Trudeau is scheduled to hold a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and meet with other Vietnamese leaders in Hanoi.

On November 9, he will head south for Ho Chi Minh City, where he will attend a roundtable meeting at the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange and visit university students.

He will join the APEC Summit on November 10, where US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Chinese President Xi Jinping will address the CEO Summit.

The Leaders’ Meeting, the most important event of the summit, will be held on November 11, gathering together leaders from the 21 APEC economies.

Canada is expected to push its trade agenda forward at both events. It’s already engaged in exploratory trade talks with ASEAN countries as well as negotiations over salvaging the TPP, which many believed would fall apart following the US’s withdrawal earlier this year.

When it comes to the members of the eleven-country TPP, much of the focus remains on Japan, the world’s third-largest economy. But Vietnam is also at the TPP table and it’s an ASEAN member. This means it could become a key partner for Canada, which is trying to increase its presence in the region.

Vietnam, projected to see economic growth this year of 6.3 per cent, features a sturdy consumer base, an emerging business class, and an expanding footprint in supply chains.

Mr. Trudeau, 45, visited Vietnam as a tourist in 1995. His arrival as a political leader comes amid growing ties between the two countries.

Vietnam is Canada’s largest trade partner in Southeast Asia. Two-way trade has been increasing steadily, reaching $4.1 billion in 2016 and $2.34 billion in the first eight months of this year, a 20 percent increase year-on-year.

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