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Jeremy Browne, Foreign Office Minister for Asia Pacific, is excited to be coming back to Vietnam next week.
Late in the evening at the end of his first visit a year ago, we sat at a cafe overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake, and Mr Browne told me how impressed he was.
Since then we haven’t looked back. There have been obstacles and problems. But the commitment on both sides has driven forward an ambitious agenda.
That now includes a dialogue on foreign and security policy. Mr Browne co-chaired the inaugural “Strategic Dialogue” last summer in Whitehall. The second round will be at the Government Guest House in Hanoi next week.
I am also looking forward to a call on VTV and another reception at my Residence.
The reception will be for UK alumni. We will award the latest (increased) round of Chevening scholarships for study in Britain. Readers of this blog will know that I am an admirer of the UKAV, and that there are now more than 1,500 members.
At VTV we will discuss the code of conduct they are developing with our support. In 2011 Mr Browne gave a speech on the media at Vietnam’s Academy of Journalism, which got a lot of challenging questions from the audiences in the room and online. It is a controversial topic.
He will also answer questions in front of the media: YOUR questions, and you can submit them here. The more interesting the better.
A warm welcome to Mr Browne on his return.