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US defense chief in Vietnam to bolster ties as China fears grow | Source: Asia Nikkei

Vietnamese Defense Minister Phan Van Giang, left, inspects an honor guard with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Hanoi on July 29. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin sought to nudge forward security ties with Vietnam that have been slowly deepening as both countries watch China’s activities in the South China Sea with growing alarm. Vietnam has emerged as the most vocal opponent of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and has received U.S. military hardware.

Source: Asia Nikkei


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