Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh has been appointed Vietnam’s new ambassador to the US.
Vinh, a diplomat with around 34 years of experience, will replace Nguyen Quoc Cuong when Cuong's term ends later this year.
Between 1996 and 1999, Vinh served as the deputy liaison of Vietnam's mission to the United Nations in New York before being appointed Minister-Counselor of Vietnam's embassy in Thailand.
He was appointed to the role of Deputy Foreign Minister in late 2011.
Vinh is deeply involved in ASEAN issues as he has led Vietnam's delegations to the ASEAN Senior Officials Meetings (SOMs) for seven years.
He was much sought after for interviews by regional and international media during ASEAN talks and conferences, especially those relating to the East Sea or to relations between ASEAN and its partners like China, Japan, the US, and Russia.
On May 29, he appeared in an interview with CNN Hong Kong to condemn China’s illegal placement of a giant drilling rig in Vietnamese waters.