Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China

16-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Foxnews | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is making his second trip this year to Vietnam, and it’s a sign of how much the Trump administration is trying to counter China’s military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region.

The visit begins Tuesday and shows how far US-Vietnamese relations have advanced since the Vietnam War.

Mattis will visit HCM City, the most populous city and the economic centre. It used to be known as Saigon.

Mattis also plans to visit an air base and meet with his Vietnamese counterpart.

In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich, left, review an honor guard in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Stripes)

In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich, left, review an honor guard in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Stripes)

The trip originally was to include a visit to Beijing, but that stop was canceled amid rising tensions over trade and defense issues.

These tensions have served to accentuate the potential for a stronger US partnership with Vietnam.

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