US-VIETNAM-MARITIME-POLITICS

This handout photograph taken by the US Coast Guard on May 25, 2017 shows Lt. Gen. Nguyen Quang Dam (L), commandant, Vietnam coast guard, and Rear Adm. Michael J. Haycock, assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer, US Coast Guard, shaking hands during a transfer ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, in Hawaii. The US transferred its seventh security vessel this week to Vietnam, the embassy said May 26, boosting defence ties amid a spike in tensions in the South China Sea. The US coast guard gave its Vietnamese counterpart a high endurance cutter in a ceremony in Honolulu on Thursday, the embassy in Hanoi said. / AFP PHOTO / PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS MELISSA / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US COAST GUARD / PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS MELISSA MCKENZIE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

July 14, 2017 12:52 PM (UTC+8)