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Biden says U.S. Not Looking to Contain China Following Diplomatic Upgrade With Vietnam

U.S. President Joe Biden (left) made his first visit to Vietnam on Sunday where the two sides agreed to upgrade diplomatic relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership (CSP). Image via The White House.

U.S. President Joe Biden pushed back against the accusation that newly-elevated diplomatic ties with Vietnam are part of a larger effort to “contain China” or start a new “Cold War.”

“I think we think too much in … cold war terms,” Biden said at a news conference in Hanoi on Sunday. “It’s not about that. It’s about generating economic growth and stability in all parts of the world. And that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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