US plans to send second aircraft carrier to Vietnam, highlighting concerns about China’s regional influence

The United States hopes to reach agreement for another aircraft carrier visit to Vietnam this year and for such port stops to become a regular feature of the increasingly close relationship between the former Vietnam war enemies, a senior US defence official said on Wednesday.The USS Carl Vinson stopped in Vietnam in March last year in the first such visit since the end of the Vietnam war in 1975, underscoring the growing strategic ties between the former foes at a time when China’s regional…