August 19, 2014

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Top U.S. General Visits Vietnam as Asian Tensions Simmer ( VU TRONG KHANH and TREFOR MOSS,  Aug. 14, 2014, NY Times)

The U.S.'s top-ranked military officer met his Vietnamese counterpart here Thursday, as the U.S. capitalizes on tensions between China and its Asia-Pacific neighbors to revamp its own regional alliances.

Gen. Martin Dempsey became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit the Southeast Asian country since the Vietnam War. Vietnam's Defense Ministry said in a statement that he and Gen. Do Ba Ty, the chief of General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, discussed future cooperation between the American and Vietnamese militaries.

The move is the latest initiative on the part of Washington and its Asian allies to boost the defense capabilities of Southeast Asian countries--notably Vietnam and the Philippines--that are struggling to stand up to China in their territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
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