New boats for Vietnam

Boost for Vietnam’s maritime domain.

South China Sea: Japan to supply new patrol boats to Vietnam

Mai Nguyen and My Pham

Hanoi: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday promised Vietnam six new patrol boats during a visit to the Southeast Asian country locked in a dispute with China over the busy South China Sea waterway.

Abe’s stop in Vietnam completes a tour through an arc of a region where Japan stakes a leadership claim in the face of China’s growing dominance and uncertainty over what policy change Donald Trump will bring as US president.

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