Significance of India's Defense Association with Vietnam

India could emerge as a potential exporter of defence equipment as Vietnam seeks to diversify its arms purchases.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh recently paid a three-day (8-10 June 2022) visit to Hanoi to strengthen defense and security ties with Vietnam. The two sides discussed regional security issues and signed agreements to enhance their defense commitments. These ties are of additional importance in the context of India’s two-year standoff with China over the Ladakh border and Beijing’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea, which directly affect Vietnamese security. Hanoi is looking forward to involving New Delhi to balance the growing Chinese war in the region and offset the ‘push and pull’ dynamics with Russia and the United States (US).