With minor differences, international observers agree that the latest Vietnam visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signals post presidential election continuity.
While at least one expert is troubled by the lack of any new development, others see significance in the visit happening, per se.
“Pompeo’s unexpected visit to Hanoi must be viewed as a significant development, because it came at a time when the Covid-19 has severely impacted high-level face-to-face meetings,” Carlyle Thayer, Emeritus Professor from the University of New South Wales Canberra at the Australian Defense Force Academy, said.
U.S Secretary of State Pompeo (L) with Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi, October 30, 2020. Photo by Vietnam News Agency.