US President Barack Obama and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (R) at joint press conference in Hanoi. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (R) at joint press conference in Hanoi. Photo: AFP

update | Obama says US decision to lift decades-old arms embargo on wartime foe Vietnam was ‘not based on China’

Lifting the arms embargo would be a psychological boost for Vietnam’s leaders as they look to counter an increasingly aggressive China in the region

US President Barack Obama and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (R) at joint press conference in Hanoi. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (R) at joint press conference in Hanoi. Photo: AFP
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