As Obama Presses Vietnam on Rights, Activists Are Barred From Meeting

May 24, 2016 8:45 AM

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As Obama Presses Vietnam on Rights, Activists Are Barred From Meeting

Mr. Obama has received a warm reception in Vietnam, largely because of the hunger that Vietnamese have for a powerful ally against China, which has claimed much of the seas just off Vietnam’s 2,000-mile coastline. And despite a history in which the United States tried violently to impose its will on this nation, Mr. Obama said that no other country should try such a strategy.

“Vietnam is an independent and sovereign nation, and no other nation can impose its will on you,” Mr. Obama said, drawing loud applause.

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