U.S. buys boats and other building materials from Vietnam for $2.5 billion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — U. S. Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States has sold a record $2 billion worth of boat building and construction materials to Vietnam.

Buying materials from the Philippines is a big part of the U. s strategy to make its maritime industry stronger, he said in a televised address at the United Nations.

He did not provide details of what materials the U