Suboi, one of the country’s best known female rap artists, serenaded Obama with Vietnamese lyrics about whether people are really happy if they have lots of money.
Obama’s visit seals the turnaround in relations between the two nations with a past.
“Vietnam has made remarkable strides in many ways,” Obama said, but “there are still areas of significant concern.”
Bourdain later tweeted that the meal cost $6, and he picked up the check.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was present for the signing, said the agreement marked a further normalising of relations between the United States and Vietnam.
While Vietnam wants warmer ties, some officials are suspicious that the United States seeks to undermine their one-party rule.
President Barack Obama is still grappling with a historic decision on whether to lift the US arms embargo on Vietnam just days before he travels there, the White House said on Thursday, signaling that human right concerns could be a sticking point. Support has grown within the US administration and on Capitol Hill to fully […]
In a formal vote, 446 of the 490 members in the National Assembly voted to install Phuc, 61, as the head of government.
The online Vnexpress newspaper quoted Vice Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long as saying two women, aged 64 and 33, tested positive for the virus.
The move, which could irritate Beijing, deepens ties between India and Vietnam, who both have long-running territorial disputes with China.
The Philippines has also said it would file a protest.
Vietnam, a fellow claimant protested against the move.
The two communist-led states have competing claims in the South China Sea, which came to a head last year with Beijing’s parking of an oil rig in waters off the Vietnamese coast, leading to anti-China riots.
Chinese state media reported last week that a completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands.
Tan, a former policewoman, was arrested in 2011 for writing about human rights and corruption on her blog.