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The United States and Vietnam Interests in the South China Sea and Potential Military Cooperation Between the Two Countries

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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In 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama fully lifted the U.S. military embargo on Vietnam, marking a milestone in the relationship since the normalization between the U.S. and Vietnam in 1995. The South China Sea holds a strategic position and directly impacts to the national interests of both the U.S. and Vietnam. Recently, due to the disputes in the South China Sea, the U.S. and Vietnam have held a number of meetings and cooperative events which focus on maritime collaboration in order to protect and support shared interests of the two countries. Vietnam and the U.S. have gradually strengthened their relationship in recent years, and military is an important area of cooperation. The two military have continuously built their interoperability such as humanitarian operations, solving war legacy operations, and arms sales. Although there are still several obstacles for an enhanced military cooperation between the two countries, a strong military partnership between the two countries should be viable for future military relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam.

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Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018



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