recent history in Vietnam
U.S. M.I.A./P.O.W. Task Force begins work in Vietnam.
Vietnam withdraws forces from Cambodia.
President Bush allows U.S. companies to establish representative
offices in Hanoi, but no trade.
The Bush Administration ends the U.S. veto on new lending to Vietnam
by multilateral aid organizations of which the U.S. is a member,
including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Asian
President Bush allows American companies to work in Vietnam on
contracts financed by multi-lateral aid money.
President Clinton lifts the embargo on U.S. trade with Vietnam in
place since the end of the war.
Vietnam and the U.S. agree to open diplomatic liaison offices in each
otherĺs capitals, and begin talks on outstanding claims on
U.S. liaison office opens in Hanoi.
President Clinton announces normalization of diplomatic relations with
Vietnam, citing progress on the M.I.A./P.O.W. issue, among other
things Warren Christopher visits Hanoi, the first Secretary of State
to do so since Henry Kissinger in 1973. He opens the new U.S. Embassy,
and hails the start of a new era in the countriesĺ relationship.
President Clinton names former Florida Congressman Douglas
("Pete") Peterson as the first U.S. Ambassador to Hanoi.
The U.S. Senate gives unanimous approval to Ambassador Petersonĺs
appointment after delays caused by opponents of political
Jackson-Vanik waiver spurs further U.S. investment in Vietnam; Vietnam
welcomed into APEC; hosts 6th ASEAN summit in Hanoi.
President Clinton re-extends the Jackson-Vanik waiver for Vietnam.
USTR Ambassador Richard Fisher and Vietnam Trade Minister Tuyen agree
to a bilateral trade agreement in principle in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Secretary of Defense William Cohen becomes the first U.S. Defense
Secretary to visit Vietnam since the end of the War.
Vietnam Trade Minister Vu Khoan and USTR Ambassador Barshefsky sign an
agreement on trade relations at USTR. President Clinton announces the
conclusion of a bilateral trade agreement from the White House Rose
President Clinton visits Vietnam,
BTA passes by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
BTA passes without amendment by 88 - 12 vote in the U.S. Senate.
BTA Ratified by Vietnam National Assembly, 278-85.
2001 U.S - Vietnam Bilateral
Trade Agreement signed into force at a Blair House ceremony with
Deputy Prime Minister Dung, Trade Minister Vu Khoan and USTR
Ambassador Robert Zoellick.
ę InternationalReports.net / The Washington Times 1994-2002