James Borton & Sandra Erwin

Contributor Sandra Erwin is a defense and national security reporter based in Arlington, Virginia. James Borton is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University. He is a freelance global journalist who writes for Asia Times, Asia Literary Review, Foreign Policy and The Washington Times. He recently edited The South China Sea: Challenges and Promises.

US Extends Arms to Former Enemy Vietnam

A crowd of roughly 120 people, mostly Vietnamese-Americans waving flags of both countries, and some dressed in traditional Vietnamese attire, attend the arrival of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of Vietnam's Communist Party, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 6, 2015. Trong is scheduled to meet with President Obama July 7, which will be the first visit at the White House since the two countries normalized relations about 20 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

Vietnam’s premier meets President Trump on the heels of the US administration’s first FONOP in the South China Sea.

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