May 24, 2016 – After several decades of banning Vietnam from the sale of military equipment, President Obama finally lifted the arms ban with motives of taking a higher step on the strengthening of defense between countries. It has been the aspiration of both leaders to end the “stereotyped division” between these two countries after the 1975 Vietnam War, when the United States withdrew its combat forces after the fall of Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City.
This partnership raises a suggestion of joining forces to contest China’s growing strength in the region. It can be recalled that China had recently pursued an aggressive claim in the territories of South China Sea, causing international concerns from neighboring countries such of Philippines and Vietnam. Nguyen Ngoc Truong – president of Vietnam’s Center for Strategic Studies and International Development – emphasized on the importance of this symbolic development. Though this does not mean that Vietnam would totally patronize America’s weapons, this partnership assures a greater impact in the future of nation-building and the promotion of peace.