The Biden administration is in talks with Vietnam over an agreement for the largest arms transfer in history between the ex-Cold War adversaries, according to two people familiar with a deal that could irk China and sideline Russia.
Vietnam demands that Taiwan permanently cancel its illegal military drills in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly archipelago).
The Vietnam International Defense Expo 2024, the second of its kind, is expected to attract 250 exhibitors from 50 countries and territories around the world.
While allowing foreign navies to call at its ports support’s Vietnam’s omnidirectional foreign policy, its relationship with China remains the most important variable.
A military court in Vietnam on Thursday sentenced a former coast guard commander to 16 years in prison, after finding him guilty of embezzlement in siphoning off $2 million from military procurement deals, state media reported.
Just as Beijing seeks to coerce Hanoi in the South China Sea, it warns about Washington’s intentions closer to home.
China is willing to work with Vietnam to strengthen high-level communication and cooperation between their militaries, Chinese Defence Minister Li Shangfu said on Tuesday as he met his Vietnamese counterpart.
The six-day friendship visit by the USS Ronald Reagan comes a year after Vietnam canceled a similar planned exchange.
The armed group that attacked two government headquarters in Dak Lak Province earlier this month has connections with terrorists based in the U.S., the homeland security department says.
The U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan will stop at Central Vietnam’s port city of Danang on Sunday in a rare visit for a U.S. warship to the southeast Asian nation, as tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea…
Washington and Hanoi have been inching closer, but it’s a complicated dance.
In March 2023, China and ASEAN resumed negotiations on the South China Sea (SCS) Code of Conduct, which aims to reduce the risk of conflict in the disputed maritime zone. But such progress has not calmed the situation. In February…
It has been over 40 years since Vietnamese military forces rolled into Cambodia and toppled the brutal Pol Pot regime. One of the drivers that led Vietnam to conduct a military campaign against Cambodia was its sense of strategic vulnerability,…
Despite limited past operations in littoral waters, the country’s strategic attention has been overwhelmingly directed at land-based threats.
Should Vietnam prioritize land or sea in its quest for security ? This is not a straightforward question as it first appears.
The well-attended December 8-10 event was part of a broader public relations strategy designed to capture the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese public.
Vietnam’s proximity to China and lack of strategic depth limit its options in forming security partnerships with other great powers.
Hanoi is now openly diversifying its weaponry purchases away from Moscow, an emerging break driven by the war in Ukraine.
Vietnam has held its first ever defence trade show as it seeks to diversify the sources of its defence acquisitions and showcase its domestic defence industry.
Dredging and landfill work creates 170 hectares of new land in Spratly Islands, which are also claimed by China and others
U.S. defence firms and top Vietnamese government officials have discussed supplying military gear, including helicopters and drones, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters, a new sign the country may reduce its reliance on Russian arms.
The recent debate on The Strategist about whether Vietnam should have a maritime or continental geostrategic orientation has reinvigorated the long-term and historical interaction between the two strategic cultures.
With China increasing the pressure both on land and at sea, Vietnam is facing a hard choice: should it continue its maritime tilt adopted since the early 2000s or should it pivot back to the land like it did throughout…
Geography influences the strategic choices of all countries, but Vietnam is an interesting case of a ‘swing’ state in comparative grand-strategy terms.
Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has ordered agencies to study the possibility of using two military airports in the central and southern regions and one in Hanoi for civilian purposes.
China’s rising engagement of Cambodia and Laos is shifting neighboring Vietnam’s strategic focus from sea to land