“We have a strong interest in the manner in which the disputes of the South China Sea are addressed and in the conduct of the parties,” he said.
The White House says Presidents Obama and Sang will also discuss human-rights concerns, climate change, and economic ties. The meeting will be closely watched by America’s Vietnamese immigrant community.
“I am an American, and I am speaking out for the people of Vietnam because they are not free to speak. I have to be the voice for those imprisoned by the communist government,” said Vietnamese-American activist Kristy Nguyen.
On the domestic front, work continues in the House of Representatives on an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. The Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill weeks ago that would dramatically boost border security while providing a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. The citizenship provision faces strong opposition from many conservative lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House.
House Speaker John Boehner has said he hopes the chamber will deal with immigration before Congress turns its attention to once again raising the U.S. debt ceiling. The federal government is expected to reach its borrowing limit around October.