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US Pledges $18 Million for Vietnam to Buy Patrol Boats

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has pledged $18 million to help Vietnam buy American-made coast guard patrol boats to improve its maritime defense capabilities. Carter is in the communist state to boost military ties.  As part of that effort, he and his Vietnamese counterpart signed a "vision statement" Monday to guide the expansion of bilateral cooperation.  At a naval base in Haiphong, Carter toured a patrol boat that had been rammed and damaged by a Chinese...

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