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Biden aides in talks with Vietnam for arms deal that could irk China

  • Vietnam has upgraded the United States to the highest diplomatic status, alongside China and Russia, during President Biden's visit, which could potentially aggravate China who is wary of Western efforts to contain Beijing.
  • Despite the arms embargo being lifted in 2016, US defense exports to Vietnam have been limited, with Russia supplying about 80% of Vietnam's arsenal. However, the United States is optimistic about shifting a portion of Vietnam's $2 billion annual arms imports to weapons from the US or its allies like South Korea and India in the long term.
  • Complications in the relationship between Vietnam and Russia, caused by the conflict in Ukraine, have led Vietnam to actively engage in talks with Moscow over a possible new arms supply deal that could trigger US sanctions.
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