The United States has committed to deepening defence ties with Vietnam amid concerns regarding Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea.
During a two-day visit to Hanoi, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis committed to enhancing the bilateral defence co-operation based on a three-year plan of action agreed upon in October 2017 that focuses on maritime security, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief as well as on peacekeeping operations, the US Department of Defense (DoD) quoted chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White as saying on 25 January.
Mattis, who met with several high-ranking Vietnamese officials, including Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich, was quoted by the DoD as saying that the United States and Vietnam are “like-minded partners” that have a forward-looking relationship.
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