Vietnam

Obama to Asians Worried About U.S. Election: It’s Going To Be OK

By Matt Spetalnick HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, May 25  – U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by the incendiary rhetoric of mogul Donald Trump, now the Republican Party’s nominee. “I think other people sometimes look at

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Obama to Lay Out Vision for Vietnam Ties After Ending Arms Ban

By Matt Spetalnick and Martin Petty HANOI, May 24 – U.S. President Barack Obama is set to lay out more of his plan for a stronger alliance with Vietnam on Tuesday, after scrapping an arms ban that was the last big hurdle between two countries drawn together by concern over China’s military buildup. The removal

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Arms Embargo in The Balance as Obama Visits Old Foe Vietnam

By Matt Spetalnick HANOI, May 23 – U.S. President Barack Obama began his first visit to Vietnam on Monday, part of his strategic “rebalance” towards Asia that could bring more overtures to a former enemy to boost its defense capability as a time of rising South China Sea tension. Underlining the burgeoning commercial relationship between

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Obama, Bound For Vietnam, Seeks To Turn Old Foe Into New Partner

By Matt Spetalnick ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, May 22 – U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday headed for his first visit to Vietnam, a trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region. Four decades after the Vietnam War, Obama –

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Obama Weighs Historic Decision on Whether to Lift Vietnam Arms Ban

By David Brunnstrom, Lesley Wroughton and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, May 9 – U.S. President Barack Obama is considering whether to lift a three-decade-old arms embargo on Vietnam, U.S. officials say, as he weighs calls to forge closer military ties with Hanoi against concerns over its poor human rights record. The debate within the U.S. administration

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Vietnam Warns of ‘Toxic’ Web Use Ahead of Party Shakeup

HANOI, Dec 30 – Vietnam sought to discourage its internet-savvy public on Wednesday from reading Web postings that disparaged its Communist Party, warning of an increase in “toxic” activity just weeks away from its scheduled leadership shakeup. Using its new Facebook page, the government vowed to tackle social media criticism of the party without interrupting

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Vietnam Builds Military Muscle to Face China

By Greg Torode XUAN MAI, Vietnam, Dec 17 – Vietnam’s military is steeling itself for conflict with China as it accelerates a decade-long modernisation drive, Hanoi’s biggest arms buildup since the height of the Vietnam War. The ruling Communist Party’s goal is to deter its giant northern neighbour as tensions rise over the disputed South

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Security Concerns Hang Over Asia-Pacific Summit

By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 17 – U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Manila on Tuesday for the first of two regional summits that were supposed to bolster trade and security ties but have been clouded by the Daesh threat half a world away. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

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