US, Vietnam reach deals on planes, tech and human rights as Biden … – Reuters

[1/3]U.S. President Joe Biden holds a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, September 10, 2023. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein Acquire Licensing Rights
HANOI, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The United States and Vietnam announced new deals and partnerships as U.S. President Joe Biden visited Hanoi on Sunday including billions of dollars in plane orders, heightened human rights discussions, digital economy education and semiconductor design centers.
Here are the highlights:
Vietnam Airlines (HVN.HM) has agreed to buy about 50 Boeing (BA.N) 737 Max jets in a deal valued at about $7.5 billion. The deal will support "over 33,000 direct and indirect jobs" in the U.S., the White House said in a statement.
Arizona's Amkor Technology (AMKR.O) will start operations at a new $1.6 billion factory in Bac Ninh Province in October, the White House said. Delaware's Marvell Technology (MRVL.O) and California's Synopsys (SNPS.O), will invest in semiconductor design and incubation centers in Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon, respectively.
Microsoft (MSFT.O) will make a "generative AI-based solution tailored for Vietnam and emerging markets," the White House said, while NVIDIA (NVDA.O) will partner with Vietnam's FPT (FPT.HM), Viettel and Vingroup (VIC.HM) on AI in the country.
The two countries have an "enhanced commitment" to talking about human rights, the U.S. said, building on the decades-old U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue, an annual meeting.
The United States and the United Nations recently criticized Vietnam's detention of members of an environmental group as part of a wider trend of Vietnamese authorities targeting free speech.
The U.S. is helping to "build Vietnamese capacity to fight regional and international transnational crime," the White House said, including "illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing."
China and Vietnam have a long-simmering dispute about fishing and other rights in the South China Sea; Beijing claims the waters almost entirely, ignoring other nations' exclusive economic zones.
The U.S. will expand its efforts to address lingering damage from the Vietnam war, which ended in 1975, including increasing funding from $183 million to $300 million for a dioxin remediation project in the Bien Hoa Air Base area.
Dioxin is a component of “agent orange” toxic herbicides sprayed by the U.S. during the war.
The U.S. will also provide an additional $25 million to clear unexploded ordnances in Vietnam; these efforts have totaled more than $230 million since 1993, the White House said.
Reporting by Nandita Bose, Doina Chiacu. Editing by Heather Timmons and Cynthia Osterman
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