The U.S. Navy is sending an aircraft carrier to Vietnam for the first time since the Vietnam War more than forty years ago. The reason for this courtship is an attempt to woo one of China’s neighbors and rivals to counter rising Chinese military influence in the region.The USS Carl Vinson, part of the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet, will visit Vietnam in early March. US Navy aircraft carriers were a frequent sight off the coast of Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s, during the Vietnam War. North Vietnam’s victory in 1975 means that, in effect, Carl Vinson will be visiting the same government that the Navy bombed during the war. Relations between the United States and Vietnam were normalized in 1995, and Washington lifted the embargo on weapons sales to the country in 2016. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below USNS Mercy. Getty ImagesTherence Koh Vietnam, which shares a border with China, has long resisted the power and influence of its much larger neighbor. Hanoi has had several wars with Beijing over the past two thousand years to maintain its political independence, the latest taking place in 1979. Beijing’s insistence that it controls 90 percent of the South China Sea has… Read full this story
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