This summer the Heritage Foundation published a backgrounder on the striking new military relationship evolving between the US and Vietnam. The article focuses on the improving relationship between the U.S. and Vietnamese military organizations, which centers on their complex relationships with China– and the Chinese power.
Because the two countries have different short-term objectives — the US focusing on greater access to Vietnamese ports for its warships and Vietnam wanting the U.S. to remove restrictions on arms sales — the authors say the US should lay the groundwork for a closer strategic relationship in the long run.
The growing military relationship between Vietnam and the US has economic implications for both countries and, in the long run, will also strengthen the business and investment climate between the two.
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