USA aircraft carrier conducting first ever visit to Vietnam

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich to discuss the growing U.S. -Vietnam defense relationship and regional security challenges.

A United States aircraft carrier will visit Vietnam next year, the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday, in a sign of improving relations between the two countries. The two also agreed to expand naval cooperation and the sharing of information. They talked about the visit of an aircraft carrier to Viet Nam and agreed that corresponding agencies will tackle the trip when it passes needed technical requirements. Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries hold counterclaims on islands in the area, which is believed to hold reserves of untapped petroleum and possibly valuable ores. A Chinese Foreign Ministry official ominously confirmed that Beijing had taken "practical actions" to maintain the "positive situation in the South China Sea" but did not disclose the specifics of what the "practical actions" entailed.

Vietnam has "modestly" expanded its footprint in the South China Sea since 2014, "when relations with Beijing hit a historic low following a standoff over the deployment of a Chinese rig in disputed waters off the Paracel [Islands]", AMTI said.

It is believed to be the first visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.

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