US-Vietnam: Weapons for Reform

Momentum is growing in Washington, D.C., to remove the lethal weapons ban on Vietnam, a move that would undoubtedly agitate China. It is a gambit that would impel Beijing to view the United States in much the same way the US viewed the Soviet Union’s military assistance to Cuba during the Cold War. However, it is not necessarily the reaction of China that is the reason for the ban still in place.

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