Hawaii News Now: Vietnam and US

Vietnam, US hold first ever defense talks - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL Home
Vietnam views U.S. influence in the region as a counterweight to China, which claims disputed islands in the South China Sea. Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines also have staked claims on all or some of the territory, which straddles vital shipping lanes, important fishing grounds and is believed rich in oil and natural gas reserves.

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