Understanding Vietnam’s Military Modernization Efforts – The Diplomat

Advertisement Between 2003 and 2018, Vietnam’s military expenditure increased by some 687 percent. However, the figure itself, while impressive, does not tell the full story of how Vietnam was able to transform the military from a battle-hardened but technologically deficient force of the Vietnam War era into the relatively modern and capable military of the present. The seeds of Vietnam’s program of military modernization were planted shortly after the establishment of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976, when the country was invaded by its giant neighbor, the People’s Republic…

China Cuts Pro-India Vietnam To Size As It Cements Ties With Cambodia, Laos Through BRI

Vietnam’s rise in the South East Asian region has been challenged by China’s growing influence as Beijing is strengthening ties with Cambodia and Laos through its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Hanoi can no longer count on Cambodia and Laos, especially in the matters of national security. Stealth Killer: US Navy Installs Advanced Radars On Its Poseidon Aircraft That Can Detect Stealthiest Of Submarines China has used its economic sway in these countries, leading to complications among neighbors to reach a consensus on territorial or maritime disputes. For instance,…