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Vietnam and Australia deepen ties

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March 15, 2018

The Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife have arrived in Australia for the ASEAN summit.

Vietnam and Australia are set to ramp up diplomatic ties ahead of a special summit of South East Asian leaders.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc touched down in Canberra on Wednesday afternoon.

He's the first South East Asian leader to arrive ahead of the Australian-Association of South East Asian Nations special summit in Sydney which kicks off on Friday.

Mr Phuc has brought a ministerial delegation to Australia.

After a ceremonial welcome, complete with a 19-gun salute, Mr Phuc will meet with Australian dignitaries including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday.

The pair are expected to sign a new strategic partnership aimed at deepening defence, security, trade, investment, development and tourism links.

They will also ink separate deals on education and research.

Both countries last week signed up on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact.

Vietnam is the fastest-growing economy in ASEAN.

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