Why is the U.S. arming Vietnam?

Why is the U.S. arming Vietnam?

( CNN) President Barack Obama’s announcement Monday that the report was lifting the ban on the sale of weapons to Vietnam sent one message to the former U.S. wartime foe and the other to the region.

By objective the ban, the U.S. is signaling its desire to leave behind decades of tense post-war relations with Vietnam and start a new phase of closer economic and military ties — one facet of the “rebalance” toward Asia that’s central to the president’s foreign policy legacy.

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