How does Vietnam view its significance in the region and beyond?
World Insight with Tian Wei
Both Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump have arrived in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Tuesday where they will be holding their second summit on February 27 and 28.
As the summit approaches, Vietnam is attracting global attention.
Senior CGTN Correspondent Tian Wei sat down with Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam. He shared his views on how Vietnam views its significance both in the region and beyond.
According to Malhotra, Vietnam is strongly committed to multilateralism at both the regional level and global level. "This is very clear and this gives us, the UN, a very important role to support Vietnam at both levels," said Malhotra.
Malhotra also expressed his confidence about Vietnam's role in global peace and security, stressing that "this is a wonderful story for a country that was at a war only 40 years ago. Malhotra stated that Vietnam is increasing its contribution to global peacekeeping."
Malhotra believes those are all things Vietnam now is willing to put emphasis and energy behind because it wants to be seen as a good global and regional citizen.
"As you have seen outside, Hanoi is a city of peace. It is something they are very proud of. I think with 2020 being a year away, it will take over ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as the Chair, and they are running for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the year of 2020-2021. What they are doing now in terms of hosting the summit, I think, is totally consistent with all their aspirations to be a good regional and international citizen. And to showcase what they have been doing here to transform their country and society over the last 35 years," commented Malhotra.
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