U.S. aircraft carrier in Vietnam intriguing ports of call around the time I Xisha
8 10 May, the U.S. Navy Fleet arrived in Vietnam Da Nang for a visit.
Feb. 8, just recently joined the US-ROK joint military exercise in the Sea of ??Japan, the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier “George Washington”, slowly docked at the from the port of Da Nang in central Vietnam about 320 kilometers of sea. Subsequently, the group of Vietnamese military and government officials arrived from Danang “Washington” to watch for in the top flight performances.
we all know, the United States and Vietnam during the Cold War had a tragic war. This is precisely why, “the Vietnamese officials on board the U.S. aircraft carrier,” This scene is particularly striking. Although the U.S. claimed that the event is the 15th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral relations, “icing on the cake,” but public opinion sharply pointed, with the more recent U.S. nuclear cooperation talks, the United States at this time to enhance military ties with Vietnam, its intent is obvious , that is a strong win over the old rivals in Asia to counterbalance China.
U.S. aircraft carrier to return to Vietnam base
According to reports, “Washington” is the end of the Vietnam War arrived in Vietnam 35 years since the first U.S. aircraft carrier in coastal waters .
followed, Jan. 10, “George Washington” battle of the destroyer “John McCain” arrives in Da Nang, the ship’s officers took part in one of the two navies series of training exchanges, including cultural exchanges, fire and joint maritime search and rescue exercises and so on. Navy Task Force 73 in Singapore Captain Mike Morley said: “This is our first training for this two-way communication, we think this is a positive and friendly relations and confidence of a good way.”
It is worth mentioning that, Danang in the Vietnam War was a U.S. military base, but also from China Paracel Islands (referred to as the Paracel Islands, Vietnam) recently Vietnamese port.
It is understood that since the U.S. warship to visit Ho Chi Minh City in 2003 after the US-Vietnam military interaction between the two countries is gradually warming up. Several high-level military exchanges between the two countries, U.S. military experts to help train Vietnamese soldiers and the Vietnamese military to provide medical, technical and language support. In addition, the United States have been Cam Ranh Bay for lease negotiations with Vietnam.
Despite the growing US-Vietnam closer military cooperation, but the “Washington” of the visit still seem unusual, its timing is particularly fascinating. Recently, the China-US relations because the U.S. insisted on the aircraft carrier entered the Yellow Sea exercises, the U.S. openly interfere in this issue strained. At the same time, China and Vietnam have taken place between the unpleasant things. 5th of this month, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry claimed the island in the Paracel Islands area of ??a seismic study of the Chinese vessel “violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty.” In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry reiterated China’s Paracel Islands and adjacent waters indisputable sovereignty.
Associated Press reported Aug. 8 that the U.S. aircraft carrier the opportunity to visit the selected instructions, the “day” incident brought tensions, Washington increasingly want to maintain the security of the Asia-Pacific region and stability, “to indicate that China is not the only protagonist in the region.”
vigorously to help Vietnam develop nuclear power
reported in the coastal waters of the U.S. aircraft carrier arrived in Vietnam a few days before the United States is working with Vietnam on civilian nuclear energy co-depth negotiations, including the possibility of allowing the Vietnamese to enrich uranium in the territory of the key terms. U.S. experts believe that the U.S. will be based on the results of negotiations to Vietnam all the nuclear material production, conservation and research information. It is said that the US-Vietnam in March of this year reached a preliminary agreement and hope to reach a final agreement this year. AFP disclosure, once the agreement is reached, General Electric and Bechtel and other U.S. companies will be able to sell nuclear reactors and related parts in Vietnam. No wonder June this year, Vietnam announced that it will strengthen the use of nuclear energy plans in the next 20 years to eight nuclear power plants put into operation.
fear of nuclear technology was eventually used to make weapons of mass destruction, the United States had carried out its nuclear cooperation with the hope that the country established a rule: to give up uranium enrichment within its territory the production. Last January 15, the U.S. and the UAE on the signing of such agreement. But now, the United States to Vietnam spared, even the United States there have been considerable criticism. “Wall Street Journal” that the international nuclear non-proliferation point of view, it would undermine U.S. nonproliferation requirements of Middle East countries to comply with the provisions of legal basis. U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee’s senior Republican women members of the Queen Anna Ross – Lei Dinan has said in a statement: “Vietnam deserve the United States signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with it such a reward.” Challenge on the domestic, U.S. officials The explanation turned out to be: in terms of relative Middle East, Southeast Asia, the smaller the risk of nuclear proliferation.
June this year, the United States Conference on the Nuclear Suppliers Group, Pakistan had to provide two nuclear reactors for China regarding the revolt, although he had signed with the larger Indian nuclear cooperation agreement. The nuclear cooperation between United States and Vietnam news came out, even the “India Times” also published an article that the United States to use nuclear energy peacefully reason to help Vietnam develop nuclear power, China will have more reason to start civilian nuclear cooperation with Pakistan.
U.S. nuclear co-operation in Vietnam, so why preference? Russia’s “view report” an analysis of the article quoted experts as saying the U.S. would like in order to weaken China’s influence. In fact, the foreign media widely noted that U.S. officials have stressed that hold nuclear talks with the Vietnamese, the United States did not inform the Chinese. U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said, “Our negotiations only between the United States and Vietnam, excluding China … … for in our own strategic interests, we do not need the approval of China.”
from enemy to ally of the US-Vietnam
during the Cold War between the United States and Vietnam have experienced 14 years of war, resulting in about 5.8 million Americans and 3 million Vietnamese were killed. This war is the largest number since World War II the United States entered the war, the most significant impact of the war, the Cold War dramatically changed the situation. In 1975, the Vietnam War officially ended. 20 years later, only the United States and Vietnam established diplomatic relations.
2000 March, U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen when he was on official visit to Vietnam. In July, the US-Vietnam bilateral trade agreement signed, to pave the way for the normalization of trade relations between the two countries. Today, the U.S. is Vietnam’s largest trade surplus country, but also its largest source of foreign investment, bilateral trade volume last year reached $ 15.4 billion. South Korea, “Chosun Ilbo” to describe the United States and Vietnam have entered a “honeymoon period.”
recently, nuclear cooperation with the United States and Vietnam held talks, and the U.S. aircraft carrier entered the coastal waters of Vietnam, US-Vietnam relations marked into the fast lane. Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Li Yan, experts told the United States, “World News” reporter, a recent series of US-Vietnam Cooperation great symbolic significance, embodying the bilateral strategic relations, “intimacy,” an important symbol.
analysts believe that the face of Chinese influence in Southeast Asia to enhance the United States and Vietnam can be said to need each other. In the United States to return to Southeast Asia strategy, and China in the South China Sea islands dispute on the ownership of the United States, Vietnam has become a strategy to balance China’s pawn. From the Vietnamese side, the use of U.S. to contain China’s intentions are very clear. October this year, according to Vietnam’s recommendations, including China, the United States and Japan, including eight regional power in Hanoi and ASEAN defense ministers will hold its first meeting of defense ministers. Some media analysts say, China does not want to discuss in multilateral fora such as the South China Sea, Vietnam and other countries may be actively promoted.
U.S. containment may not work
addition to a sudden close up with Vietnam, the U.S. long ago and accused of crimes have been committed mass murder in Indonesia Special Forces re-establish a relationship with Singapore, Malaysia and other countries jointly carry out 14 joint military exercise in the Pacific … … for the United States the “combined”, the U.S. “national” magazine that “the U.S. desire to establish ‘in Asia – Pacific Military Union ‘to contain China, methods and NATO after World War II to deter the Soviet Union to establish exactly the same. “
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Research Office of the United States American political analysts say Ni Feng, compared with other major countries, China’s periphery is much more complex geopolitical environment, which the United States to “borrowing” to provide an objective environment. United States and Japan, South Korea military alliance, and Thailand, the Philippines and other countries also have military cooperation, this is used to prevent China’s large network, carefully weaving the United States for many years. However, “the financial crisis, U.S. forces have changed, if there is confidence in the U.S. and China before going it alone, now it has not the confidence, the United States to ‘gang war’ has.”
actual , the United States vigorously to win over the Southeast Asian countries and the United States is far from “monolithic.” August 9, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo clear in an interview with reporters that the Philippines against U.S. involvement in the South China Sea dispute, “This is a matter of ASEAN and China, this clear enough yet?”
Singapore’s “Straits Times” on August 7 article quoted the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies, Southeast Asia expert 欧内斯托鲍尔 as saying, “I think there will be no elephants in many ASEAN countries top cow, the courage to stand up, take the lead. “(International Online – News of the World)