Gates in Vietnam notes the friendly ties of old foes

HANOI, Vietnam – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates oon Monday told students at Vietnam National University that Asian territorial disputes should be resolved by international diplomacy.
Gates marveled at the friendly relations between the US and Vietnam a generation after the Vietnam War and made an indirect reference to the support the US is offering Vietnam in its dispute with much larger China over an island chain.
Gates said such issues are best handled by several nations working together.