U.S. President Barack Obama feeds fish at the presidential palace in Hanoi. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama fed the fish at Hanoi's presidential palace during his visit to Vietnam on Monday (May 23). After meeting the country's president, Tran Dai Quang, Obama strolled through the gardens alongside Vietnam's National Assembly Chairperson Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. The two stopped briefly at a pond to toss in food that the fish appeared to eagerly gobble up. Earlier in the day, Obama announced that Washington will fully lift an embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, underlining warming relations between the former foes amid rising tensions with Beijing over the South China Sea. Obama, the third U.S. president to visit Vietnam since ties were restored in 1995, has made a strategic 'rebalance' towards Asia-Pacific a centerpiece of his foreign policy. Vietnam, where the United States was at war from 1955-1975, has become a critical part of that strategy amid concerns about China's growing military might and its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.