SPUTNIK NEWS ASIA 09.01.2017
India is an old friend of Vietnam and both don’t subscribe to China’s claim in the South China Sea. That is the reason for raised eyebrows over India’s offer to supply missiles to Vietnam.
(Sputnik) — India has offered to supply indigenously developed Akash missile to Vietnam at a time when both countries are talking of China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region.
In fact, India has been helping Vietnam’s defence modernization when it is trying in confrontation with China on the South China Sea issue. It recently underwrote the costs of four patrol boats that it will build especially for Vietnam.
Akash is a medium range air-to-air missile system developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Akash has the capacity to destroy targets up to 30 km away.
Initially, India will supply the missiles off-the-shelf to Vietnam and could later into a joint production arrangement.
Vietnam has been a close Indian ally in South East Asia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Vietnam last year saw both countries elevating their strategic partnership to a comprehensive strategic partnership. India-Vietnam defense ties are an important aspect of their strategic partnership.
Earlier, India had offered to supply naval vessels to Vietnam as well as the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. India also trains Vietnamese fighter pilots as both countries mainly operate Russian fighter jets.
“It’s a part of India-Vietnam defense cooperation. Supplying of Akash missiles by India to Vietnam is very small in caparison to what China had supplied to Pakistan. But it’s a beginning,” Srikant Kondapalli, Professor of Chinese Studies in Jawahar Lal University in New Delhi told Sputnik.
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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn.
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In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship.
Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam.
I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN.
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In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống).
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