When a United States aircraft carrier visits Vietnam it has to be a hallmark event. There is more to this that greets the casual observer. Yes, it does appear that we are buddying up with our former adversary who was allowed to clean our clock in the Vietnam War. Enough about that.
There is a bigger threat now. It is a nation that did not declare a peace dividend at the end of the Cold War. Red China is now embarked on a program to make the South China Sea its own private bathtub. Here is why that cannot be allowed.
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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson docked in Danang on Monday, marking the first visit by an American aircraft carrier to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.
The port call is seen as both a landmark in evolving U.S.-Vietnam relations and a strong message to China, which is taking aggressive action to seize control over the entire South China Sea.
“Our nations’ relationship has reached new heights in the past few years, and the USS Carl Vinson‘s port visit to Vietnam is a reflection of that,” said U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift.
U.S. military and administration officials presented the visit as a “routine” affair that would help build “people to people connections,” as Lt. Commander Tim Hawkins toldjournalists visiting USS Carl Vinson. He stressed engagements with Vietnamese experts in engineering, medicine, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, and looked forward to “cultural exchanges” involving food and the local lifestyle.
“Sailors from the American carrier are scheduled to spend time at a treatment center for people who were exposed to Agent Orange, the toxic defoliant sprayed over large swathes …..
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