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Closer and Stronger Defense Ties between Australia and Vietnam

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Published on : Mar 18, 2015

In a joint meeting held on Wednesday, Australia and Vietnam planned on having closer security and defense ties with one another. This would include the deployment of troops from Vietnam in Australia for the purpose of training since it is being sought by Canberra to balance out the relationship that it has with one of its largest trading countries, China and the economies of the Asia Pacific. 

The prime minister of Vietnam stated that Tony Abott, Australia’s PM had agreed to strengthen the ties between both the countries on defense and security cooperation in several areas that include sharing of information and experience, cooperation of the Special Forces, and training in English language. Both parties agreed that peace, navigational freedom, maritime security, and stability in South China Sea was of utmost importance, and that these factors should all be in accordance with global and international laws. 

China has expressed that several countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Malaysia have tried to claim the South China Sea and this can be the basis for potential conflicts between these nations. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abott stated that 120 military personnel from Vietnam will be given training in Australia. And that Vietnam will subsequently participate in joint military exercises that will be conducted in Australia. He also expressed that in recent times, the security relationship between Vietnam and Australia has been increasing. Along with the U.S. troops from Australia also fought against the communists of Vietnam at the time of the Vietnam war. Both countries concluded the meeting on a note of peaceful dispute resolution and follow the standards of international law.

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