Biden arrives in Vietnam to expand ties as China worries grow

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Hanoi (AFP) – US President Joe Biden arrived in Vietnam Sunday to deepen cooperation between the two nations, with semiconductors and rare earth minerals expected to be a key focus for talks. Biden flew from the G20 summit in New Delhi to meet the leader of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, on Sunday to sign off on a “comprehensive strategic partnership”, Hanoi’s highest level of diplomatic ties. The goal of the short visit mirrors Biden’s time at the G20 gathering — shoring up support against Beijing’s increasing diplomatic influence, while securing supplies of strategicall…

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