The administration of US President Joe Biden is in talks to supply Vietnam with F-16 fighter jets as part of a major arms package. About it reported Reuters agency citing American officials.
The deal, according to the interlocutors, could complete a new stage in strengthening relations between Washington and Hanoi. The agreement could be concluded within the next year.
However, the discussion is still at an early stage, details are being worked out. Officials do not rule out that the delivery may not take place. At the same time, the United States may offer Vietnam special financial conditions for the purchase of expensive weapons in order to reduce “Hanoi’s dependence on lower-cost Russian-made weapons.”
On September 10, Biden left the G20 summit early to meet with Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). As a result of the negotiations, the parties signed an agreement to upgrade the level of partnership to “comprehensive strategic”.
As the head of the Center for the Study of Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dmitry Mosyakov noted in an interview with Vedomosti, the United States is interested in pulling Vietnam away from China and creating a barrier for Beijing in the region, given that Hanoi is the only one who can create "real problems" for Beijing in Southeast Asia.