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Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Sep. 12, 2021 03:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China's growing military influence. Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the...

China pledges 3 million COVID vaccine shots to Vietnam

Sep. 11, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — China plans to donate 3 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday as he wrapped up a visit to Hanoi. Yi's pledge comes amid a virus lockdown in Vietnam to contain a COVID-19 surge. About 23...

US VP Harris: Focus must stay on Afghan evacuation

Aug. 23, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris asserted Monday that the U.S. must maintain its focus on evacuating Americans and vulnerable Afghans and shouldn’t get distracted by questions over what went wrong in the chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan. Speaking at a...

Vietnam tightens virus lockdown ahead of Harris visit

Aug. 23, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, went into a tightened lockdown Monday to battle its worst outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, just a day ahead of the arrival of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on a state visit. The city has...

Harris meets with Singapore officials to begin Asia visit

Aug. 23, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The White House on Monday announced a series of new agreements with Singapore aimed at combating cyberthreats, tackling climate change, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and alleviating supply chain issues. The announcements coincide with Vice President Kamala Harris’...

Harris' Asia trip carries new urgency after Afghan collapse

Aug. 20, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has given new urgency to Vice President Kamala Harris' tour of Southeast Asia, where she will attempt to reassure allies of American resolve following the chaotic end of a two-decade war. The trip, which began Friday...

The Latest: Most of S Korean warship's crew have coronavirus

Jul. 18, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — The number of infected sailors on a South Korean destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa has soared to 247, the largest cluster for the country’s military during the coronavirus pandemic. The Defense Ministry said Monday two military...

Vietnam puts southern region in lockdown as surge grows

Jul. 18, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam put its entire southern region in a two-week lockdown starting midnight Sunday, as confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 3,000 for the third day in a row. The lockdown order includes the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City metropolis, the...

British FM heads to Southeast Asia looking for closer ties

Jun. 21, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Britain's top diplomat arrived in Southeast Asia late Monday on a three-nation visit as his country looks to promote closer ties and trade with the region following the U.K.'s exit from the European Union. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's trip to...