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Dec 2001

Ratification of the bilateral trade agreement with the USA.

Dec 2003

Vietnam hosts the Southeast Asian Games, known as the "SEA Games", in Hanoi.

Oct 2004

ASEM-V summit in Hanoi, in which 39 European and Asian countries, as well as the EU Commission, mostly at the level of heads of state and government, including Federal Chancellor Schröder, take part.


75th anniversary of the KPV.

June 2006

New President: Nguyen Minh Triet, New Prime Minister: Nguyen Tan Dung.

Nov 2006

Summit of the APEC countries in Vietnam. Among the heads of state and presidents from 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific region are US President George W. Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of China Hu Jintao and Japanese President Shinzo Abe.

Jan. 2007

After more than 11 years of negotiations, Vietnam becomes the 150th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

May 2007

Federal President Horst Koehler visits Vietnam.

Feb 2008

Visit of the Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Vietnam.

March 2008

Visit of the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to Germany.


Vietnam is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.


Vietnam takes over ASEAN presidency. Hanoi (Thang Long) celebrates its 1000th anniversary.

Jan. 2011

XI. Party congress of the KPV. Nguyen Phu Trong becomes General Secretary of the CPV.

May 2011

Elections to the National Assembly, 500 members in total.

June 2011

New President: Truong Tan Sang. Dung is confirmed in office as Prime Minister. Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visits Vietnam.

October 2011
Visit by Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in Vietnam, signing the strategic partnership based on the "Joint Declaration of Hanoi"

September 2012

Visited by Vice Chancellor Philipp Rösler, inauguration of the new "German-Vietnamese School for Encounters" in Ho Chi Minh City

September 2012
Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang's visit to Germany to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Vietnam
April 2014
The new president is Tran Dai Quang. Nguyen Xuan Phuc becomes the new Prime Minister
May 2016
Elections to the National Assembly, 496 seats are filled
Oct / Nov 2016
Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier visits Vietnam