Pakistan and Vietnam relationship are largely based on mutual trade and international political cooperation opportunities between the 2 countries. Pakistan maintains an embassy in Hanoi, and Vietnam has an embassy in Islamabad.
Trade between the two countries increased from US$10 million in 1999 to US$150 million in 2008. Pakistan is Vietnam largest tea importer. Pakistan exports to Vietnam consist of cotton, leather and pharmaceutical product, and include potential for export of motorcycles, plastic products and surgical instruments and investment in coal mining and aquaculture. Meanwhile Vietnam has potential to export rubber, rubber products and machinery to Pakistan.
In May 2001 General Pervez Musharraf, paid an official visit to Vietnam. In March 2004, President Trần Đức Lương, at the invitation of President Pervez Musharraf, also visited Pakistan. Pakistan considers Vietnam an important diplomatic partner, because of Vietnam full membership of ASEAN, and Vietnam support of Pakistan's bid to be a full dialogue partner of ASEAN. Therefore under the Pakistan "East Asia Vision Strategy" foreign policy, Vietnam has potential to promote Pakistan mutual interest in ASEAN, whereas Pakistan supports Vietnam bid for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council. Vietnam support for Pakistan in 2011 for EU duty waiver for its textile products has also been seen as very critical by Pakistani diplomats.
Pakistanis in Vietnam
- Embassy of Pakistan in Vietnam.
- Vietnam Embassy in Pakistan
- Vietnam assists Pakistan’s flood victims
- Pakistan, Vietnam to review progress on trade.
- Technology needed for VN tea aroma to spread
- Pakistan calls for more investment from Vietnam
- Vietnam Keen to Enhance Trade with Pakistan - Nguyen Quang Thuc
- Viet Nam – Pakistan Relations
- Vietnam enhances economic ties with Pakistan, Bangladesh
- Vietnam - one of the important elements of Pakistan “East Asia Vision Strategy” policy
- Pakistan edges closer to EU duty waiver -diplomat, Reters, 26 May 2011