Second US aircraft carrier visits Danang after Vietnam War
The Hanoitimes - The visit signals Washington's intends to remain the pre-eminent naval power in the South China Sea.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Thursday morning pulled into Vietnam’s central coastal city of Danang to start a five-day port visit, Vietnamese media reported.
|The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in Da Nang's Son Tra peninsula on March 5. Photo: VnExpress|
The visit marks the second time a US Navy aircraft carrier has visited the Southeast Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War, following the first in early 2018 by USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) to the same port city destination.
Carlyle Thayer, head of Thayer Consultancy, an Australia-based defense consulting firm, said that Theodore Roosevelt’s visit doesn’t necessarily mean a shift in Vietnam’s position but it does send an important message.
“The United States is signaling that it intends to remain the pre-eminent naval power in the Western Pacific and South China Sea. Vietnam is signaling that it supports the presence of the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea as long as it contributes to peace and stability,” Thayer wrote.
Roughly 200 miles away from Danang is China’s Hainan island and Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands in the South China Sea. Both China and Vietnam claim the Paracel Islands, but China currently controls them after the invasion in 1974.
The US Navy recently increased the frequency of freedom of navigation operations in the region, including passes by the Paracel Islands.
Chinese officials are dismissive of the role which the US plays in maintaining peace and security in the region. Chinese defense ministry officials routinely criticize US military operations in the South China Sea.
- Vietnam-US defense ties maintain growth momentum, Hanoi says
- China dredging in South China Sea violates Vietnam's sovereignty, int'l law: Spokesperson
- Bayer Vietnam CEO fined for disseminating nine-dash line map
- Chinese maritime patrol aircraft spotted on Vietnamese islands
- Vietnam netizens furious at Bayer’s documents containing China's nine-dash line
- Vietnam rejects China's unilateral fishing ban
- US beefs up FONOPS in South China Sea since Trump presidency: Carl Thayer
- China acts aggressively in South China Sea: US defense secretary
- China’s fishing ban in South China Sea is absurd: Vietnam society
- US, Australia denounce China’s expansionism in South China Sea
Vietnam-US defense ties maintain growth momentum, Hanoi says
Vietnam wants Hong Kong to remain stable and prosperous
Vietnam parliament set to ratify trade deal with EU at ongoing gathering
China dredging in South China Sea violates Vietnam's sovereignty, int'l law: Spokesperson
Predictable legal environment to help Vietnam attract FDI post Covid-19: NTT Data Vietnam CEO
Scorching heat strikes Hanoi with temperature surging to 40 degrees Celsius
Hanoi to build sewage collection system to revive its dying river
More monetary easing measures still to come in Vietnam: Fitch
Iconic lakes in Hanoi