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After 40 years, USA aircraft carrier Carl Vinson arrives in Vietnam

After 40 years, USA aircraft carrier Carl Vinson arrives in Vietnam

In July 2016, an worldwide court ruled that the so-called "nine-dash line"-a demarcation line China uses to lay claim to parts of the South China Sea-is inconsistent with global laws governing maritime resources".

The visit was made under an invitation of the US Embassy in Vietnam.

This comes as China has been building militarized artificial islands across the South China Sea, stirring concern among regional USA allies.

The Vietnamese leader was quoted by the Asian Age; "We reaffirm our close collaboration to support India to further its relations and multi-faceted connectivity with ASEAN attaching high importance to the maintenance of security, maritime safety and freedom of navigation and over flight, settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of worldwide law".

China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, where more than $5 trillion of goods are shipped each year through some of the world's busiest waterways.

The Filipino leader has refused to pursue a landmark 2016 worldwide tribunal ruling in Manila's favor over its competing claims with Beijing.

The Southeast Asian country has also opened various gas fields within its exclusive economic zone, which is contested by China, to state-owned energy companies from Russian Federation and India.

"I do not think it's too late to forestall further militarization, but I think we need to have a comprehensive - and not just a military - strategy for how to deal with this". During a visit in 2016, President Obama lifted a decades-old ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam.




The ship, which is called the Carl Vinson, will dock off Danang, which is the main Vietnam port that has been the landing area for American ships for many years.

Analysts say the port call, which follows a visit to the Philippines last month, is a chance for the United States to flex its military muscle in Asia.

In addition to Vietnam, the USA is also tightening military cooperation with long-standing allies Australia, Japan and India. However, a visit by an aircraft carrier is of a different level and something that government officials in Beijing will be paying close attention to.

In an oblique reference to China, India and Vietnam on Sunday reiterated the importance of achieving a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region and agreed to expedite building high-speed patrol boats and early signing of a defence agreement to secure sea lanes in the region.

"The carrier has not been here [in Vietnam] for 40 years".

Although no us aircraft carrier has been to Vietnam since the end of the war, other smaller American warships have made high-level visits as ties improved in recent years.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Friday that China hopes the "exchanges between [the US and Vietnam] would contribute to regional peace and stability in a positive and constructive way, instead of adding any unsettling factors".

"The United States and Vietnam share a range of interests including a desire to maintain peace, prosperity, unimpeded commerce, (and) freedom of navigation, upon which the region and its economies depend", he told reporters Monday.

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