India-Vietnam defence ties will develop steadily

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Subject

The outlook for India-Vietnam defence ties.

Significance

The ninth annual India-Vietnam defence dialogue concluded in Delhi on January 16. This followed the October 27-28, 2014 meeting between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India and Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, where discussion of bilateral defence cooperation featured prominently. Much is being made of the developing India-Vietnam defence relationship. However, although the relationship is undergoing an expansion since Modi came to office in May 2014, its significance will take longer to develop than has been implied.

Impacts

  • India and Vietnam will expand cooperation in areas such as high-technology weapons systems.
  • India will prioritise not antagonising China over expanding its ties with Vietnam.
  • Vietnam will develop its own domestic military training capacity.
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