India-Vietnam Defense Ties

Recent engagements confirm the uptick in activity in the defense realm.

India-Vietnam Defense Ties in the Spotlight With Naval Exercise

By Prashanth Parameswaran

On May 21, three Indian naval ships began a five-day visit to the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, which is expected to culminate in a naval exercise between the two sides. Though this is just one of a series of scheduled defense engagements by the two sides expected in 2018, it has nonetheless once again put the spotlight on the growing security ties between the two Asian powers, including in the maritime realm.

Vietnam and India have looked to advance their existing defense relationship as part of their wider ties, which were elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016.

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