Morrison’s trip to Vietnam takes place amid the
strong Vietnam-Australia relations and high political trust via regular
exchanges of high-ranking delegations.
Vietnam and Australia officially established
diplomatic ties on February 26,1973, and a comprehensive partnership in
2009. The relationship was elevated toa strategic partnership in 2018 during
the official visit to Australia by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc from
The two countries have effectively implemented the
action programme for the2016-2019 period and are building another one for
2020-2022 to materialise the strategic partnership.
Australia regards Vietnam as a key partner in the
Association of South east Asian Nations (ASEAN), and an effective
development partner during the reform process.
The two sides are maintaining bilateral cooperation
mechanisms, including annual meetings at the ministerial level in such
spheres as diplomacy, national defence and economy, and policy dialogues in
They have fruitfully joined hands in national
defence and security through delegation exchanges and agreements on
cooperation in crime combat, exit-entry management, the fight against
illegal migration, information and experience sharing, English language
teaching, and visits of naval ships.
The two sides inked a memorandum of understanding on
collaboration in training peace-keeping forces, and bomb and mine clearance
in 2016. Australia assisted Vietnam in performing its tasks in the United
Nations peace-keeping operations in South Sudan in 2018.
Australia is the only country that has opened a
joint transnational crime centre in Vietnam, through which the two countries
have exchanged information and cooperated in fighting terrorism, drug crime
and human trafficking.
Australia is the longest-standing dialogue partner
of ASEAN (since 1974). The two sides set up a strategic partnership in 2014.
Australia has applauded Vietnam’s role in the region.
Vietnamese and Australian leaders have repeatedly
affirmed their common vision of maintaining peace and stability in the
region, including the East Sea. They have also emphasised the settlement of
disputes by peaceful measures in line with international law, especially the
1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).
Currently, Vietnam is the fourth largest trade
partner of Australia in the ASEAN bloc, while the latter is the 7th largest
of the Southeast Asian country. Two-way trade has inched up 8.8 percent each
year on average. Their trade revenue grew 19.3 percent to 7.7 trillion USD
in 2018, with Vietnam’s exports valued at nearly 4 billion USD. In the first
six months of 2019, total trade volume was estimated at 3.84 billion USD, a
year-on-year surge of 6.1percent.-VNA