Vietnam, U.S. discuss military cooperation, South China Sea islands

June 1, 2015 7:22 AM

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Vietnam, U.S. discuss military cooperation, South China Sea islands

HANOI U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed his call for an end to island-building in the South China Sea during talks on Monday with his Vietnamese counterpart, who told a news conference Vietnam had not been expanding its islands.

Carter and minister Phung Quang Thanh also signed a Joint Vision Statement to guide future military cooperation between the two former foes, who fought a 1955-1975 war and only normalized relations 20 years ago.

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