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US Lifts Arms Embargo on Lethal Arms Sales to Vietnam
« on: October 22, 2016, 04:26:53 AM »
BBC May 2016

Obama lifts US embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam
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Speaking during a visit to communist Vietnam and talks with its leaders, Mr Obama said the move removed a "lingering vestige of the Cold War".

The US is trying to bolster its relationship with its Pacific allies, as China asserts territorial claims.

But Mr Obama said the embargo decision was not related to US policy on China.

"It's based on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving towards normalisation with Vietnam," he said in Hanoi.

Vietnam is one of several countries in the region involved in maritime disputes with China. The US insists on the right to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Why Vietnam wants US weapons ?
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It is no secret that Vietnam is trying to boost its maritime defensive capability. Its largest arms contract to date with a foreign country was the $2bn purchase of six kilo-class submarines from Russia.

A large number of patrol and missile ships and fighter jets have also been purchased from Russia, as Vietnam's military spending more than doubled between 2004 and 2013. It is now the eighth largest importer of weapons in the world.

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Before the Obama visit, senior Vietnamese defence officials repeatedly said they had no major plans to buy weapons from the US. Instead, they were looking to transfer technology and perhaps boost patrol capability.

In the immediate future this is unlikely to change, especially because of the US precondition that the sale of arms will depend on Vietnam's human rights commitments and will be considered case by case.

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But the US announcement is being seen as a powerfully symbolic gesture - "proof that the US-Vietnam relationship has fully normalised", as Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang put it.



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Re: US Lifts Arms Embargo on Lethal Arms Sales to Vietnam
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 02:01:55 PM »
US works to oust Russia from Vietnam arms market | Army Recognition - 13 March 2018
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"As for Vietnam, it has been our traditional partner since the Soviet era. Major contracts to build submarines, one of the most difficult objects of military-technical cooperation, were implemented last year," Kozhin said on TV channel Rossiya 24.

"We won’t recall the history of relations between Vietnam and the United States, but we observed last year the activity launched by the United States to bring Vietnam closer to itself and farther from us," he stressed.