Study Material | Test Series
Drishti IAS
call1800-121-6260 / 011-47532596
Drishti The Vision Foundation
(A unit of VDK Eduventures Pvt. Ltd.)
US Lifts 40-Year Arms Ban from Vietnam
Oct 07, 2014

In a decision, the US has partly lifted a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost its defences in the tense South China Sea. The historic easing of the ban in place since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 will only apply to maritime equipments comes amid warming ties and as Hanoi makes modest improvements to human rights. 

According to US, it is useful for Vietnam trying to deal with the territorial disputes in the South China Sea to bolster the capacity of our friends in the region to maintain a maritime presence in some capacity. Some 40 per cent of the world’s seaborne trade passes through the sea which is claimed in part by Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia, as well as China and the Philippines.

US Secretary of State John Kerry informed his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Min of Washington’s move to adjust the current policy to allow the transfer of defence equipment, including lethal defence equipment, for maritime security purposes only. He said, Vietnam has become a modern nation and an important partner of the United States

A prohibition on sales of other kinds of lethal weapons, such as tanks, will stay in place as Washington pushes Hanoi to improve its human rights record. Vietnam will need to make additional progress on human rights for the United States to consider a full lift of the ban on lethal defence articles in the future.


Helpline Number : 87501 87501
To Subscribe Newsletter and Get Updates.