US in talks with Vietnam on major historic arms deal


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“We have a very productive and promising security relationship with the Vietnamese, and we do see interesting movement from them in some US systems, in particular anything that can help them better monitor their maritime domain, perhaps transport aircraft and some other platforms,” said a US official. “Part of what we’re working on internally as the US government is being creative about how we could try to provide better financing options to Vietnam to get them things that might be really useful to them.” A major US-Vietnam arms deal could aggravate China, Vietnam’s larger neighbour, which is wary of Western...