Obama in Vietnam – level 3
Obama received a stylish welcome when he touched down in Vietnam for a three-day visit. Standing side by side with his Vietnamese counterpart, the state ceremony marked the arrival of the President of the United States, whose visit is seen by many as a strategic rebalance towards Asia.
Third US President to visit Vietnam since ties were restored in 1995, and he wasted no time in getting down to business. Shaking President Tran Dan Quang’s hand, the purpose on a united front, before sitting down with John Kerry and the Vietnamese delegation to discuss affairs.
Obama announced that for the first time in 50 years, the United States would be lifting the arms embargo on Vietnam in a move that signifies fortified ties between the two countries. In another sign of improved commercial relations, Obama signed an 11.3-billion-dollar order for 200 planes by low-cost airline VietJet.
Only the first day of his three-day trip and yet arguably so much has been accomplished, both politically and commercially.
Difficult words: counterpart (a person with the same function), delegation (government), announce (to say something officially), lift (to end), fortify (to strengthen).
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