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 U.S. 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 O’Brien would meet leaders in both countries “to reaffirm the strength of our bilateral relationships and to discuss regional security cooperation.”

O’Brien’s trip follows a visit to Hanoi last month by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. That visit came a week after Vietnam freed a Vietnamese-born U.S. citizen, Michael Nguyen, who had been sentenced to 12 ye…

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