U.S. to Provide Ship to Vietnam to Boost South China Sea Patrols

U.S. to Provide Ship to Vietnam to Boost South China Sea Patrols
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HANOI (Reuters) - The United States announced on Wednesday it will provide Vietnam with another coast guard cutter for its growing fleet of ships, boosting Hanoi's ability to patrol the South China Sea amid tensions with China.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper disclosed the decision during an address in Vietnam, which has emerged as the most vocal opponent in Asia of China's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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