Soldiers hold rifles while marching during a celebration to mark Reunification Day in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
Soldiers hold rifles while marching during a celebration to mark Reunification Day in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kham

Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by US companies as Obama mulls removal of weapons embargo

Vietnam has accelerated efforts to build a military deterrent and is the world’s eighth largest weapons importer, as neighbour China intensifies its push to fortify South China Sea islands

Soldiers hold rifles while marching during a celebration to mark Reunification Day in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
Soldiers hold rifles while marching during a celebration to mark Reunification Day in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
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