Esper was received Tuesday morning by Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich at a welcome ceremony in Hanoi.
During his stay, the American defense secretary will discuss with Lich and other key Vietnamese leaders issues of regional security and ways to enhance bilateral defense ties.
During this visit, both countries expect to come up with specific programs and activities to boost their defense ties in line with the U.S.-Vietnam comprehensive partnership, Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, had said last month.
Vietnam-U.S. defense cooperation has made significant progress in recent years.
The U.S. sent Vietnam a Hamilton-class patrol boat, a high endurance cutter named the USCGC Morgenthau, in 2017.
In April, the U.S. gave six rapid-response Metal Shark patrol boats to Vietnam Coast Guard Region 3 in the central region. This followed the delivery of six Metal Shark patrol boats in March last year when the USS Carl Vinson docked in Da Nang on a historic visit, the first to Vietnam by an American aircraft carrier since 1975.
Most recently, aircraft maker Boeing has been assigned to make six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for Vietnam’s Coast Guard. The sale will be supported through U.S. Foreign Military Financing.
Before the trip to Vietnam, Secretary Esper visited South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines on his Asia tour that began November 13.
At a press meeting with his Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday, Esper said the U.S. has conducted “more freedom of navigation operations in the past year or so than we have in the past 20-plus years,” referring to the operation of U.S. Navy ships close to China-claimed islands in the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea.
“The clear signal we’re trying to send is not that we oppose China per se but that we all stand for international rules, international laws,” he said.
“We think China should abide by them as well and that acting collectively is the best way to send that message and to get China on the right path.”
Several senior American officials have condemned China for sending oil survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and escorts to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf and remaining there for three months between July and October.
- Learn how to survive superbug infections, pandemics and prevent disease in the “Immune Defense Summit” beginning in just a few days
- Apple to work with US defense department on developing wearable tech
- U.S. Military Sharing Secret Cyber Threat Info with Defense Contractors
- Homeschoolers under attack by officials conducting unannounced visits
- US Officials Checking Facebook Profiles Of Immigrants: Report
- America’s Three Layered Antiballistic Missile Defense Systems Could Stop Any North Korean Nuclear Attack on the U.S.
- Hogs offer McDonald, plans to visit the Hill
- At least they picked their tents up! Campers leave pockmarked field after Glastonbury ends as droves begin clean-up of sea of bottles and food waste despite festival going 'plastic-free'
- This Hero Went on the Greatest Beer Run Ever, Bringing Brews to Friends in Vietnam War
- BCG CME solar power plant begins commercial operation in Long An
- Entrepreneurs Seek To Transform Education In Vietnam
- Best defense against cyberattacks is good offense, says former DHS official
- Sleepwalking toward World War III… like clockwork, the next 25-year cycle of mass human suffering and death begins NOW
- Anthony Bourdain And President Obama Have $6 Dinner In Vietnam
- Piloxing barre: a new sports trend for women in Vietnam
- Why The Secretary Of Education Is Suddenly Crucial To The Sexual-Assault Conversation
- A Message From the HHS Dept. Secretary
- Rams hope offense sparks in visit from Bucs, ex-teammate Suh
- New DHS Secretary Issues Cyber Security Directive
- Jameis Winston Meets With Tampa Bay Buccaneers Officials
US defense secretary begins official visit to Vietnam have 607 words, post on e.vnexpress.net at November 20, 2019. This is cached page on Talk Vietnam. If you want remove this page, please contact us.