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US lifts lethal arms ban on Vietnam 40 yrs after war

Regional tensions simmer, human rights activists give thumbs down

Reuters  |  Hanoi 

The United States announced an end to its embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam on Monday, an historic step that draws a line under the two countries' old enmity and underscores their shared concerns about Beijing's growing military clout. The move came during President Barack Obama's first visit to Hanoi, which his welcoming hosts described as the arrival of a warm spring and a new chapter in relations between two countries that were at war four decades ago. Obama, the third U.S. president to visit Vietnam since diplomatic relations were restored in 1995, has made a ...

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First Published: Mon, May 23 2016. 23:50 IST