According to a statement released by the President’s Office, U Htin Kyaw will attend a number of meetings with regional partners while in Vietnam.

“In conjunction with the state visit, the president will also attend the 8th CLMV Summit, the 7th ACMECS Summit and the World Economic Forum on the Mekong Region to be held in Hanoi,” the statement read.

These three international meetings started yesterday in Hanoi. Vietnamese state media reported that U Htin Kyaw’s visit will run from October 26 to 28. The President’s Office could not be reached for confirmation or comment on the trip yesterday.

According to The Hanoi Times, on October 23 Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspected the preparations at the National Convention Center and reaffirmed the importance of the three regional summits.

Political analyst U Yan Myo Thein said that Myanmar should observe and learn from Vietnam regarding its balancing of relationship with both the US and China.

“Although Vietnam is a communist country, it can maintain its relationship with the US while at the same time being able to pursue its national interests through its relationship with China,” he said.

This will mark the first time that U Htin Kyaw has visited Vietnam since assuming office in April.

According to official data, Vietnam has invested US$693 million in Myannmar, making it the 10th-largest foreign direct investor.

By Shoon Naing - Myanmar Times - October 25, 2016