New US ambassador set for Vietnam

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David Bruce Shear has been appointed by the US Congress to replace Ambassador Michael Michalak to head the US Embassy in Vietnam, news website VnExpress said Thursday.


Shear, who was nominated by President Barack Obama late last year, told the Upper House Committee of Foreign Affairs in April that the US should follow the trails blazed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visits to Hanoi in July and October last year.


Specifically, he repeated what Clinton said during those visits -- that the two countries have reached a new level in their relations, a level that would have been impossible to imagine several years ago.


Presenting his plans to the committee, Shear said that if he receives the position, he will focus on regional security, health care, climate change, science and technology improvement, law enforcement and nuclear weapon non-proliferation campaigns.


He said he would also make efforts to boost educational and cultural connections between the US and Vietnam.


During the report, Shear said his first task for his new job is to learn Vietnamese.



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The former assistant of the US Secretary of State on East Asia-Pacific issues has served at diplomatic offices in Tokyo, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur for a total of 30 years.


Shear was also the special assistant to US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, and director of the US Office of China and Mongolia Issues during the 2008-2009 period.


He graduated with International Relations degree from John's Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


He also attended Waseda University in Japan and Nanjing University in China, where he learned to speak both Chinese and Japanese fluently.


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