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US carrier call in Vietnam causes ripples in Beijing

China | Mar 8, 2018
Beijing is unhappy with the first visit by a US aircraft carrier to a Vietnamese port since the Vietnam War.

But Communist Party newspaper Global Times also said the Carl Vinson's visit to Danang was unlikely to alter the balance of power in the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety.

"China's vigilance and unhappiness are inevitable, but we don't think that the USS Carl Vinson's Vietnam trip can stir up troubles in the South China Sea," the Times said in a commentary. And the United States sending warships to the South China Sea will "only waste money."

Vietnam and China have extensive overlapping claims to islands and resources, and Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer, commander of the US 7th Fleet, said in Danang: "Carl Vinson being here, me being here - this is about Vietnam. This is about our relationship with Vietnam.

Sawyer also noted US concerns over Beijing moves to put teeth behind its territorial claims and unanswered questions about its purpose in a rapid military expansion.

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