VIETNAM Vietnamese write to Trump asking for help against Chinese expansionism

The second summit between US president and Kim Jong-un is set for 27-28 February in Hanoi. The North Korean leader will arrive in Vietnam next Monday and will meet Vietnamese President and Communist Party leader Nguyễn Phú Trọng. Vietnam is committed to greater cooperation with North Korea and supports peace efforts in the Korean Peninsula. Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Vietnamese at home and abroad are signing a letter to be sent to Trump, warning against the threat of Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea. They hope that the second summit…

Inside Vietnam, the world’s next great golf destination

In another setting, an SUV emblazoned with giant flaming golf balls might not cause a stir. But on the honeycombed streets of Hanoi, swarmed by motorbikes and rickshaws, and shadowed by ornate imperial pagodas, it stands out like a pushcart at a NASCAR race. Perched at the wheel of his Toyota Fortuna, Duc Pham navigates the morning frenzy, rounding a rotary and ripping through an intersection without slowing, red lights in this city being mostly just for show. A traffic cop, his head on a swivel, tracks Pham’s ride as…

How Vietnam Benefits From US Strategy in the South China Sea

The Trump administration’s free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy is quickly gaining more definition. By Gary Sands for The Diplomat October 19, 2018 As Washington starts to counter Beijing on multiple fronts — economically, politically and militarily — the Trump administration’s free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy is quickly gaining more definition. The United States has struggled to define its FOIP, a regional construct also led by Australia, India, and Japan, ever since Trump signed on to the concept last November at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit held…

Pilgrims’ progress: a new mountain hotel in Vietnam | Travel

We’ve all done it: fetched up somewhere so idyllic on our travels that we hate the thought of going home to stress and normal life. More than 2,000 years ago, a Chinese wise man, An Ky Sinh, felt this way when he arrived at Yen Tu mountain in northern Vietnam. He had been sent by China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210BC), conqueror of six warring states and creator of the unified nation. Being such a splendid chap, he thought he deserved to live forever, so ordered his most learned…

Marine returns Vietnam veteran’s washed up headstone to family

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – A Baton Rouge man was out fishing along the Mississippi River Saturday when he came across his biggest catch yet. While passing under the Horace Wilkinson Bridge, 26-year-old Deion Allen discovered a headstone. “It looked like a piece of rubble, but then I read it and saw it was something more,” said Allen. A friend fishing with Allen informed him that the headstone belonged to a Vietnam veteran. “It really meant something to me… I had to get it back to the rightful person,” Allen…

Why did Donald Trump announce Vietnam as host of the second North Korea summit?

Updated February 07, 2019 07:02:49 Photo: America’s former foe services a free market economy while retaining communist rule. (ABC News: Doan Tung) During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump announced that Vietnam would host his second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un — a move that some pundits view as Hanoi’s bid to buttress itself against encroaching Chinese power. Key points: Vietnam has hosted several international forums in recent years The country presents few security risks for Washington and Pyongyang Washington looks to Vietnam as a case…

Vietnam, and the reasons it might host second Trump-Kim summit | Trump News

Seoul, South Korea – If their first, unprecedented summit in Singapore last year ended up being more about vague promises, the second meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will be aimed at coming home with concrete results. After holding a series of meetings this week with South Korean officials in Seoul, Stephen Biegun, the US special envoy for North Korea, will head to Pyongyang on Wednesday to prepare for the upcoming summit. The much-anticipated event is slated for late February, with whispers that Danang, in central Vietnam,…

AP Explains: Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam may be win for all

BANGKOK — Vietnam’s selection as the venue for the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is largely a matter of convenience and security, but not without bigger stakes. Washington’s goal for the talks Feb. 27-28 is for North Korea to agree give up its nuclear weapons. North Korea frames the issue more broadly, seeking a removal of the “nuclear threat” from U.S. military forces in South Korea. Host Vietnam hopes to boost its diplomatic leverage against its powerful neighbor, China, which contests waters…

Vietnam demands that China remove military jamming equipment from Spratly Islands

Vietnam’s foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday that China has seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty by installing military jamming equipment on outposts in Truong Sa, Spratly Islands off the South China Sea, commonly known as the East Sea in Vietnam. Le Thi Thu Hang told the press that the establishment of China’s electronic warfare equipment to cause radio jamming on Mischief Reef and Fiery Cross on Truong Sa goes against international conventions and Vietnam requested the northern neighbor to remove the system. She also told the press that China has repeatedly acted counter to international rules with its…