Emeritus professor Carlyle A. Thayer interviewed and quoted by SBS News, Newsweek, USA Today, National Public Radio and Agence France-Presse

7.03.18

U.S. Shows Military Might in China's Backyard As Aircraft Carrier Arrives in Vietnam for First Time Since the War
“The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is the epitome of modern naval power,” Carlyle Thayer, emeritus professor at the Australian Defence Force Academy and an expert on the South China Sea, wrote in a policy briefing in late February. “The message the USS Carl Vinson sends is that the U.S. will maintain its naval presence in the South China Sea and that Vietnam supports the presence of the U.S. Navy as long as it contributes to regional peace and stability.”
Christina Maza, Newsweek, March 5, 2018
http://www.newsweek.com/us-shows-military-might-chinas-backyard-aircraft-carrier-arrives-vietnam-first-830453
U.S. 'supercarrier' USS Carl Vinson makes historic port call in Vietnam
That the U.S. has sent its "epitome of modern naval power” to the area delivers a message to China, wrote Carl Thayer, professor of politics at the Australian Defence Force Academy, wrote in a policy briefing.
"The message the USS Carl Vinson sends is that the U.S. will maintain its naval presence in the South China Sea and that Vietnam supports the presence of the U.S. Navy as long as it contributes to regional peace and stability,” he wrote.
Thomas Maresca, Special to USA TODAY, March 5, 2018 and WUSA 9m March 5, 2018.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/03/05/uss-carl-vinson-arrives-vietnam/394324002/ and http://www.wusa9.com/article/news/nation-now/us-supercarrier-uss-carl-vinson-makes-historic-port-call-in-vietnam/465-d19aa4b9-dd8d-4c78-87bd-3ea5f430859d
US aircraft carrier arrives for historic Vietnam visit amid sea rift with China
"It's a US push... to demonstrate a massive naval presence in the South China Sea area to China, that the US is staying engaged," Vietnam expert Carl Thayer told AFP ahead of the trip…
"The Philippines has just rolled over, China is continually militarising and if the US doesn't maintain a presence in the region, Vietnam's got nowhere to hide," Thayer said.
Agence FrancePresse (AFP), The Telegraph, March 5, 2018
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/05/us-aircraft-carrier-arrives-historic-vietnam-visit-amid-sea/
A U.S. Aircraft Carrier Anchors Off Vietnam For The First Time Since The War
"It was a U.S. initiative to request the carrier visit," says Carl Thayer, a Vietnam scholar and emeritus professor at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. "It was mentioned in a presidential statement [by President Trump]. And Vietnam has taken a deep breath and decided that it's worth the risk to bring an American carrier there because of China's unrelenting militarization."…
"The USS Carl Vinson is the mightiest warship afloat," Thayer says. "It brings along with it escort ships with more firepower than China can assemble in all of its seven artificial islands or even [its] South Sea Fleet, basically. So it's a massive display of military might."
Michael Sullivan, National Public Radio, March 5, 2018
https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/03/05/590803578/a-u-s-aircraft-carrier-is-docking-in-vietnam-for-the-first-time-since-the-war
Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Vietnam for historic visit
"It's a US push... to demonstrate a massive naval presence in the South China Sea area to China, that the US is staying engaged," Vietnam expert Carl Thayer told AFP ahead of the trip.Vietnam remains the most vocal claimant in the region after the Philippines backed off under China-friendly President Rodrigo Duterte. Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims in the sea.
Duterte has refused to implement a landmark 2016 international tribunal ruling in Manila's favour over its competing claims with Beijing.
"The Philippines has just rolled over, China is continually militarising and if the US doesn't maintain a presence in the region, Vietnam's got nowhere to hide," Thayer said.
AFP, The Straits Times, March 5, 2018
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/aircraft-carrier-uss-carl-vinson-in-vietnam-for-historic-visit
US aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit as China ties are put to the test
“It’s a US push … to demonstrate a massive naval presence in the South China Sea area to China, that the US is staying engaged,” Vietnam expert Carl Thayer said…
“The Philippines has just rolled over, China is continually militarising and if the US doesn’t maintain a presence in the region, Vietnam’s got nowhere to hide,” Thayer said.
News Agencies (Reuters, Agence France-Pressee, Associated Press), South China Morning Post, March 5, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2135725/us-aircraft-carrier-arrives-vietnam-historic-visit-china
US aircraft carrier in Vietnam for historic visit
"It's a US push... to demonstrate a massive naval presence in the South China Sea area to China, that the US is staying engaged," Vietnam expert Carl Thayer told AFP ahead of the trip…
"The Philippines has just rolled over, China is continually militarising and if the US doesn't maintain a presence in the region, Vietnam's got nowhere to hide," Thayer said.
SBS News, March 5, 2018
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/us-aircraft-carrier-in-vietnam-for-historic-visit

 

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