OBAMA CON­TEM­PLATES LIFT­ING ARMS BAN ON VIET­NAM

SP's LandForces - - NEWS IN BRIEF -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing lift­ing the arms ban on Viet­nam as part of plans to bol­ster mil­i­tary ties with Hanoi. Re­ports of Obama re­view­ing the arms trans­fer pol­icy have emerged ahead of his visit to Viet­nam later this month, Reuters re­ported. The coun­tries are work­ing to­gether on mar­itime se­cu­rity is­sues as China con­tin­ues to demon­strate its mil­i­tary strength in the South China Sea. As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for East Asia and the Pa­cific Daniel Rus­sel was quoted by Reuters as say­ing: “One of the im­por­tant fac­tors that would make a lift of the ban pos­si­ble would be to con­tinue for­ward mo­men­tum in meet­ing uni­ver­sal hu­man rights stan­dards and progress in im­por­tant le­gal re­form.”

Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies re­gional ex­pert Mur­ray Hiebert re­port­edly said that though the ban of arms is com­pletely lifted, the US will still have a right to re­ject in­di­vid­ual arms trans­fers if it dis­cov­ers hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions by Viet­nam. Viet­nam mostly de­pends on Rus­sian sup­pli­ers for weapons. In Oc­to­ber 2014, the US sent de­fen­sive mar­itime equip­ment ship­ments to help Hanoi tackle China’s op­er­a­tions in the South China Sea.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.