The defense departments of the US and Vietnam this week formally agreed to collaborate on military medicine, another in a series of steps toward strategic alliance that began with the diplomatic normalization 16 years ago.
The US hopes for more collaboration on infectious diseases and medical research to help world meet these global health challenges. Vietnam also wants broader ties with the US to alleviate its tense relationship with China.
The partnership is controversial in the US because of concern about Vietnam’s human rights record; American lawmakers want to see improvements in human rights as a condition of stronger military relations.
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