United States Lifts Remaining Restrictions on Arms Sales to Vietnam [May 23, 2016] [open pdf - 125KB]
The following is an excerpt from the CRS Insight [Congressional Research Service] that provides a brief introduction to the subject matter within this report. "From May 22 to 25, President Obama is visiting Vietnam, his first trip to that country as President. During his tenure, U.S.-Vietnam relations have expanded, fueled partially by shared concerns about China's increased assertiveness in the South China Sea, where Hanoi and Beijing have competing territorial and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) claims. […] While in Hanoi, the President announced the removal of remaining U.S. restrictions on sales of lethal weapons and related services to Vietnam. U.S. officials and some observers have argued that such an action could help improve Vietnam's capacity to respond to China in the South China Sea and solidify the growing strategic partnership between Washington and Hanoi. Others, however, have called the move premature without improvements in human rights conditions in Vietnam."
CRS Insight, IN10489
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