U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong talk at the party's headquarters in Hanoi

Vietnam Communist Party chief to meet Obama on landmark U.S. trip

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong talk at the party's headquarters in HanoiBy Martin Petty and Lesley Wroughton HANOI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vietnam’s Communist Party chief will visit the United States next week in a landmark trip that could prove pivotal in Washington’s bid to bolster its Asian alliances in the back yard of an increasingly assertive China. Nguyen Phu Trong will meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House as the former war enemies mark two decades of calibrated engagement since the normalization of ties that have expanded rapidly in the past year.

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