US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defense

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh arrive on October 2, 2014 before a working lunch at the State Department in Washington, DCWashington (AFP) – In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defenses in the tense South China Sea.

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