A look back at John McCain’s activities

Senator John McCain, who helped lay the foundation for a cooperative Vietnam-US relationship, passed away on August 25 (US time) at the age of 81.



McCain himself served in the invading war of the US in Vietnam. He joined in the Rolling Thunder air campaign in 1967, bombing targets in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (northern Vietnam).

His plane was shot down in 1967 and McCain was taken prisoner. He was returned to the US in an exchange of prisoners in 1973.

Along with pushing for the normalization of relations with Vietnam, Senator McCain also supported the Vietnamese community in the US, serving as a bridge between them and the US authorities as well as the Vietnamese Government.



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A look back at John McCain’s activities, Government news, Vietnam breaking news, politic news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, vn news



A look back at John McCain’s activities, Government news, Vietnam breaking news, politic news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, vn news

Senator John McCain (centre) visited Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi on October 19, 1992.
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Senator John McCain at a press conference in Hanoi on January 19, 2012 as part of his visit to Vietnam 

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Senator John McCain ( R) at a meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong during Trong's US visit in July, 2015 

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President Tran Dai Quang (right) welcomed Senator John McCain who led a US Senate delegation on a working trip to Vietnam in June, 2017. 


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Senator John McCain (centre) visited Cam Ranh International Port in Khanh Hoa province on June 2, 2017 


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Vietnamese Ambassador to US Pham Quang Vinh and Senator John McCain 

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Senator John McCain in a press conference at the US Embassy in Sarajevo in April, 2017. 

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Senator John McCain (centre), who was also Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, spoke at a press conference in Washington, DC on October 25 

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Senator John McCain and his spouse Cindy in his presidential campaign in 2018 in his home town Phoneix, Arizona 



Senator McCain has special position in Vietnam-US relation history: Ambassador

Senator John McCain, who passed away on August 25 (US time) at the age of 81, has a very special position in the history of the Vietnam-US relationship, said Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc. 

In an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency on August 26, the Ambassador recalled his meeting with McCain in the early 1990s when the US Senator and Senator John Kerry were members of a special committee on American prisoners of war or missing in action soldiers.

Ngoc shared that he had opportunities to work with McCain as his interpreter during the US Senator’s working trips to Vietnam. 

From those trips, Ngoc noticed the Senator’s strategic vision, leadership and high political determination for the normalisation of Vietnam-US relations despite very great internal obstacles.

It can be said that Senator McCain is a symbol of the Vietnam-US reconciliation process during which the two sides overcame their past as old enemies to normalise and develop bilateral relations.

McCain enthusiastically supported and made untiring efforts for the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership, Ngoc said.

Along with Senator John Kerry and other senators like Patrick Leahy or Jim Webb, McCain had been at the forefront in the normalisation and enhancement of Vietnam-US friendship and cooperation, he added.

At the most difficult time of the bilateral relations when many still expressed suspicion and even protest about the Vietnam-US ties, McCain and Kerry and other senators had played a decisive role in the irreversible process of normalisation, Ngoc said.

Therefore, it could be said that McCain deserves credit for promoting the Vietnam-US relations and later, the comprehensive partnership between the two countries, according to the ambassador.

He said even during his illness, McCain still paid attention to Vietnam-related issues such as cooperation with Vietnam, the East Sea issues and the catfish programme that affects poor farmers in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.

The ambassador held that the work by McCain and other incumbent and former members of the US Congress had inspired young US Congressmen to promote the bilateral relations.

He expressed his belief that with the support of both the Republican and Democratic Parties in the US Congress, the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership will continue thriving for the benefits of the two peoples.

McCain served in the invading war of the US in Vietnam. He joined in the Rolling Thunder air campaign in 1967, bombing targets in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (northern Vietnam). His plane was shot down on October 26, 1967 and McCain was taken prisoner. He was returned to the US in an exchange of prisoners in 1973.

Returning from Vietnam, McCain joined politics and was one of the first persons campaigning for normalization of US-Vietnam relations through promoting humanitarian issues such as removing unexploded ordnance left by the war, searching for missing-in-action personnel, supporting people with disabilities caused by the war, and detoxifying areas polluted by dioxin.

In 1994, the US Senate approved a resolution sponsored by McCain and Senator John Kerry, calling to end the economic sanction against Vietnam, paving the way for the normalization of relations between the two countries one year later.

US Embassy opens condolence book for late Senator McCain

The US Embassy will open a condolence book for late Senator John McCain who passed away on August 25 (US time) at the age of 81, the embassy and the Consulate General in Vietnam announced on August 26.

The book will be available for signing at the Vuon Hong Building, No 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi from 10am to 5 pm from August 27-29. 

The embassy said in honour of the contributions of the Senator and his long-time partner in US-Vietnam issues – John Kerry, the US diplomatic mission in Vietnam will launch the McCain/Kerry programme.

The programme will sponsor a study trip of a young Vietnamese official to the US each year, thus further deepening the relations between the two nations and promoting the constructive heritage of Senator McCain.

McCain was one of the first persons campaigning for the normalization of US-Vietnam relations through promoting humanitarian issues such as removing unexploded ordnance left by the war, searching for missing-in-action personnel, supporting people with disabilities caused by the war, and detoxifying areas polluted by dioxin. 

In 1994, the US Senate approved a resolution sponsored by McCain and Senator John Kerry, calling to end the economic sanction against Vietnam, paving the way for the normalization of relations between the two countries one year later.

Following the normalization of bilateral ties, McCain and Kerry visited Vietnam many times to address the issue of American missing-in-action soldiers (POW/MIA).

Along with pushing for the normalization of relations with Vietnam, Senator McCain also supported the Vietnamese community in the US, serving as a bridge between them and the US authorities as well as the Vietnamese Government.

VNA

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