Don’t start a fire in Asia, China warns Obama after Vietnam arms deal

May 24, 2016 8:38 AM

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Don’t start a fire in Asia, China warns Obama after Vietnam arms deal

BEIJING — China warned President Obama on Tuesday not to spark a fire in Asia after he announced the lifting of a longstanding embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam.

Obama unveiled the historic step on Monday during his first visit to Vietnam, insisting the move was “not based on China” while simultaneously acknowledging that both nations share a common concern about China’s actions in the South China Sea.

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