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International relations

US carrier arrives in Vietnam, putting China on notice

First such visit since war's end serves as check on Beijing's expansion

The USS Carl Vinson arrived in Vietnam's Danang Bay on Mar. 5.   © Reuters

DANANG, Vietnam/WASHINGTON -- An American aircraft carrier made a port call in Vietnam on Monday for the first time since the war between the two countries ended in 1975, a visit geared to tip the diplomatic scales against an expanding China.

The U.S. and Vietnam each seek to contest Beijing's projection of maritime influence through their show of improved ties and force. With China also hurrying to strengthen its navy, the Sino-American competition for superiority in the Asia-Pacific region appears bound to intensify.

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