The White House fact sheet issued during U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Vietnam weighed in at over 2,600 words. The section on human rights contained just 112 words, including a subheading.

From business and strategic perspectives, Biden's visit to Vietnam on Sunday and Monday, and also to India late last week, will likely be seen as bolstering ties with countries that can help Washington counter China's growing might.

But for rights advocates, Biden's travels were a disappointment, given his administration's vow to prioritize human rights when taking office in 2021.