State Dept. To Allow Maritime Defense Weapons Sales to Vietnam

Posted October 3, 2014 at 5:05am

Defense News reports that “the United States will allow the sale of lethal equipment and weaponry to Vietnam for maritime defense purposes, the US State Department announced Thursday.”  

“The executive decision, which ends an overall ban on lethal weapon sales to that country and which has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War, begins immediately.”  

“It also comes at a time of growing tensions in the South China Sea, including a situation over the summer where China set up an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam.”