US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

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US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:15 pm

US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit as China ties are put to the test
The visit comes at a time when China is increasing its military build-up in the Paracel Islands and seven artificial islands in the Spratlys in maritime territory also claimed by Vietnam
PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 March, 2018, 1:13pm

A US aircraft carrier arrived on Monday in Vietnam for the first time since the end of the Vietnam war, dramatically underscoring the growing strategic ties between the former foes at a time when China’s regional influence is rising.

The grey and imposing silhouette of the USS Carl Vinson could be seen on Monday morning from the cliff tops just outside the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where the 103,000-tonne carrier and two other US ships begin a five-day visit.

The arrival of the Vinson marks the biggest US military presence in Vietnam since 1975 – but it also illustrates Hanoi’s complex and evolving relationship with Beijing over the disputed South China Sea.

Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said the visit would “continue to promote bilateral relations within the framework of the two countries’ comprehensive partnership and contribute to maintaining peace, stability, security, cooperation and development in the region.”

Vietnamese envoys had been working for months to ease the concerns of Beijing over the visit and the prospect of broader security cooperation between Hanoi and Washington, according to diplomats and others familiar with the talks.
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Re: US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

Post by taabarang » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:54 pm

No real shocker here.
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Re: US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

Post by hanno » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:59 pm

I got an invite to visit but won't make it.
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Re: US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

Post by that genius » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:45 pm

Well that's funny, a German gets invited to tour a US ship, which is in Vietnam to annoy China

Sounds like the start of a bad bar joke
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Post by cptrelentless » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:11 pm

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:15 pm
US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit as China ties are put to the test
The visit comes at a time when China is increasing its military build-up in the Paracel Islands and seven artificial islands in the Spratlys in maritime territory also claimed by Vietnam
PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 March, 2018, 1:13pm

A US aircraft carrier arrived on Monday in Vietnam for the first time since the end of the Vietnam war, dramatically underscoring the growing strategic ties between the former foes at a time when China’s regional influence is rising.

The grey and imposing silhouette of the USS Carl Vinson could be seen on Monday morning from the cliff tops just outside the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where the 103,000-tonne carrier and two other US ships begin a five-day visit.

The arrival of the Vinson marks the biggest US military presence in Vietnam since 1975 – but it also illustrates Hanoi’s complex and evolving relationship with Beijing over the disputed South China Sea.

Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said the visit would “continue to promote bilateral relations within the framework of the two countries’ comprehensive partnership and contribute to maintaining peace, stability, security, cooperation and development in the region.”

Vietnamese envoys had been working for months to ease the concerns of Beijing over the visit and the prospect of broader security cooperation between Hanoi and Washington, according to diplomats and others familiar with the talks.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:52 pm

US navy carrier's Vietnam visit signals closer ties amid China tensions
11 march 2018
Thousands of sailors from a US navy carrier and two escort vessels have taken part in a charm offensive while on a port call to the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang, in the largest US troop presence in the country since the war ended in 1975.

In a classroom on the outskirts of the city, uniformed navy sailors played rock and country classics for dozens of enthralled children who had disabilities that have been blamed on the Agent Orange sprayed by the US military during the war. After the performance, more sailors arrived for some arts and crafts.

Cooks from the USS Carl Vinson visited local restaurants to learn Vietnamese recipes, and the US naval band performed songs from the war-era Vietnamese composer Trinh Cong Son.

Dignitaries from both the US navy and the Vietnamese government lauded the visit as a sign of budding friendship between the two former foes, but looming over the fun, lighthearted atmosphere of the week was the question of China. Although geopolitical issues were largely left unspoken, analysts said the trip largely stemmed from anxieties over a millennia-old rivalry between Vietnam and its northern neighbour.

Nguyen Chi Tuyen, a dissident blogger from Hanoi also known by his pen name Anh Chi, said the Vietnamese people welcomed US military engagement with “our hearts and minds”.
He said opposition to China was deeply embedded in Vietnam’s national identity, with the South China Sea dispute only the most recent in a line of conflicts stretching back to China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in the third century BC.
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Post by Anchor Moy » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:09 pm

Vietnam, and the US vs China policy.

Vietnam uses an old naval base to make new friends

Cam Ranh Bay is welcoming American warships again
Print edition | Asia
Apr 20th 2017

NEAR the point where Vietnam bulges deepest into the South China Sea lies Cam Ranh Bay, perhaps the finest natural deepwater harbour in South-East Asia. France based a fleet there in colonial times. Russian ships made use of it in the Russo-Japanese war, Japanese ones during the second world war and American ones during the Vietnam war.

After the American withdrawal and communist triumph, the government of the newly reunited Vietnam leased the naval base to the Soviet Union. Russia gave up the facility in 2002. Today it is Russian tourists who flock to Cam Ranh International Airport, with its American-built airstrip, on their way to the beaches of nearby Nha Trang.

These days Vietnam ostensibly follows a policy of “Three Nos”: no military alliances, no foreign bases and no joining with another country to fight a third. Nonetheless, adjacent to the Vietnamese naval base at Cam Ranh is a facility that receives foreign military vessels. In theory it is a purely commercial venture, open to the ships of any country willing to pay for the maintenance and refuelling it provides. But it also serves a strategic purpose: sending a defiant message to a resurgent and expansionist China by allowing Vietnam to strengthen military ties with an increasingly diverse group of countries.

Anti-Chinese sentiment runs deep among ordinary Vietnamese. Vietnam fought wars against both America and China in the 1970s. But these days Americans, by and large, are received with affection, whereas many Vietnamese remain convinced that China still has territorial designs on their country.
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Re: US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

Post by markd » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:54 pm

theyre there to defeat china
taiwan will step into the vaccum & organise elections
china will be rescued from the innocent looking but evil minded ping
the pla will rejoice
thru shit to more shit
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Re: US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

Post by that genius » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:02 pm

And then you woke up
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Re: US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

Post by Kuroneko » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:28 pm

"Anti-Chinese sentiment runs deep among ordinary Vietnamese. Vietnam fought wars against both America and China in the 1970s." Tell me about it :D
If any country in Southeast Asia resists China militarily, it will be Vietnam. No one else is interested or capable, but Vietnam has the ability and will to push back against its “big brother.” Vietnam wouldn’t exist as a sovereign state today if it weren’t eminently capable of pushing back hard. It would have been absorbed long ago like Xinjiang and Tibet. Not only did the North Vietnamese successfully outlast American intervention in the 1960s and ’70s, but Vietnam repelled the Chinese invasion of 1979 in less than a month.http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/arti ... tural-ally

"On the morning of the attack, February 17th, we were sleeping when the Chinese artillery started, then we all ran to our posts," he says. "Some were dressed, others didn't even have time to put their pants on, they just ran to their posts to fight."

At least 200,000 Chinese troops poured into northern Vietnam all along the border. China was aiming to punish Vietnam for its invasion of Cambodia the month before to oust the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge. There were so many Chinese attacking, Nguyen Duy Thuc remembers, that the soldiers in his bunker "fired our AK-47s until the muzzles turned red and they couldn't fire anymore."https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/ ... ot-the-u-s

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