US Navy carrier's visit to Vietnam puts China on notice
DANANG: For the first time since the Vietnam War, a US Navy aircraft carrier is paying a visit to a Vietnamese port, seeking to bolster both countries' efforts to stem expansionism by China in the South China Sea.
Monday's visit by the USS Carl Vinson brings more than 5,000 crew-members to the central coastal city of Danang, the largest such US military presence in Vietnam since the Southeast Asian nation was unified under Communist leadership after the war ended in 1975.
The Carl Vinson, accompanied by a cruiser and a destroyer, is visiting as China increases its military buildup in the Paracel islands and seven artificial islands in the Spratlys in maritime territory also claimed by Vietnam. China claims most of the South China Sea and has challenged traditional US naval supremacy in the western Pacific.
"The visit of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to Vietnam signifies an increased level of trust between the two former enemies, a strengthened defense relationship between them, and reflects America's continued naval engagement with the region," said Le Hong Hiep, a research fellow at the Singapore-based ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
卡尔文森号航母对越南的访问意味着两个宿敌之间信任程度的提升，两国之间防务关系的增强，也反映了美国海军在此地区的持续介入。Le Hong Hiep, 新加坡东南亚尤索夫依萨研究所的研究员称。
The ship's mission includes technical exchanges, sports matches and visits to an orphanage and a center for victims of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant sprayed by US forces to deny cover for Communist fighters during the war. It marks a fine-tuning, rather than a turning point, in relations. The US Navy has staged activities in Vietnam for its Pacific Partnership humanitarian and civic missions in nine of the past 12 years.
Ajay Varma1387 Ajay-1 day ago
Excellent now Vietnam are having US Navy carrier visiting them after India and Vietnam have agreed to have stronger defence relationship and US has put the Chinese on notice
Tukaram Pujari19758 Tukaram-1 day ago
India must ask for a military base in Vietnam.
Dins 2693 Dins-kolkata-1 day ago
China is growing menacingly. It doesn't want any one to interfere in its country, and yet wants to fiddle with all the countries in the region
Bharatvasi Bharat2200 Bharatvasi Bharat-Chennai-1 day ago
US needs to do more to stop China bullying their neighbors.