US Ends Decadeslong Ban On Selling Weapons To Vietnam
Some are skeptical about President Barack Obama's motives behind the decision, given China's growing reach and Vietnam's dicey human rights record.By Ryan Biek | May 23, 2016
The United States is softening its ban on military equipment sales to Vietnam –– a measure that's been in place, in one way or another, for four decades.
President Barack Obama announced Monday the U.S. will sell Vietnam weapons on a case-by-case basis.
"There's some very close allies of ours where we may not make a particular sale until we have a better sense of how that piece of equipment may end up being used. ... But what we do not have is a ban that's based on an ideological division between our two countries," Obama told reporters Monday.