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US security adviser O’Brien en route to Vietnam, Philippines

WASHINGTON — White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien is on his way to Vietnam and the Philippines, countries that share US concern over China’s increasingly assertive behavior and extensive maritime claims in Asia, the White House said on Wednesday.

Tweets from the White House National Security Council said Mr. O’Brien would meet leaders in both countries “to reaffirm the strength of our bilateral relationships and to discuss regional security cooperation.”

Mr. O’Brien’s trip follows a visit to Hanoi last month by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. That visit came a week after Vietnam freed a Vietnamese-born US citizen, Michael Nguyen, who had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for “attempting to overthrow the state.”

The former Vietnam War foes now have warm relations in spite of US concerns about Hanoi’s human rights practices.

Washington also has concerns about human rights in the Philippines, where President Rodrigo R. Duterte has been engaged in a war on drugs in which thousands of urban poor have been killed, many in mysterious circumstances.

On a visit last year, Mr. Pompeo assured the Philippines that Washington would come to its defense if it came under attack in the South China Sea, where Manila has competing claims with China and other countries, including Vietnam.

The administration of US President Donald J. Trump, who was defeated in his Nov. 3 re-election bid and is due to hand over power to President-elect Joseph R. Biden on Jan. 20, had declared the Asia-Pacific and competition with China a foreign policy priority.

Mr. Trump faced criticism from former officials and other commentators for having Mr. O’Brien take part in his place in last weekend’s virtual East Asia Summit, on the sidelines of which 15 countries, including Vietnam and the Philippines, signed a major China-backed regional trade deal.

Mr. Trump plans to represent the United States at a virtual Asia-Pacific summit this week in which his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping plans to take part, a US official told Reuters. — Reuters

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