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Biden's Asia policy

Blinken urges Vietnam to upgrade U.S. ties amid China tensions

Economy and security on agenda in meetings with Communist Party leader Trong, PM Chinh

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on April 15 (Pool via Reuters)   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/HANOI -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on Vietnam to upgrade economic and security ties with his country in a meeting with powerful Vietnamese Communist Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi.

Blinken's first visit to Vietnam as secretary of state comes as Washington tries to contain China's growing influence in Asia and beyond amid intensifying rivalry between the world's two biggest economies.

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