A digital conference on Monday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc is expected to have a number of agreements and certain announcements to further expand bilateral ties, including defense, energy and health sectors. Official sources gave this information.
Sources say that the issue of the emerging situation in the Indo-Pacific region is expected to figure prominently during the discussion as both countries have a common interest in a free, open, peaceful, prosperous and regulated regional system.
He said that in the meeting, both sides can issue a joint vision for the future development of the India-Vietnam overall strategic partnership, which will aim to pave the way for increasing cooperation in diverse fields. India and Vietnam expanded their bilateral relationship in 2016 to an overall strategic partnership. Defense cooperation has been one of the important pillars of this rapidly growing bilateral relationship. Sources said defense loan assistance for high-speed patrol boats to Vietnam is likely to be extended during the meeting.
Revenge after the Ladakh incident
Sources said India’s attitude towards China has changed after the Ladakh incident. Working on a changed strategy, India is now working to strengthen its relations with China’s neighboring countries. Significantly, India is also training Vietnam military officers under its Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation – ITEC program. Under this, the officers there come to India every year. After this, they are trained in army, air force and naval operations as well as training in commando operations.
Prime Minister Modi visited Vietnam in the year 2018
Earlier in the year 2018, Prime Minister Modi visited Vietnam. During this time relations between India and Vietnam were strengthened. In this visit, the Treaty on Composite Strategic Partnership between India and Vietnam was signed. This treaty has been signed by Vietnam only with Russia and China. In the year 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind visited Vietnam. After this, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also visited Vietnam in 2019. Vietnam President Tran Dai and Prime Minister Nguyen Shuan Phuc also visited India in the year 2018. Prime Minister Modi attended the ASEAN Summit ahead of the summit with Vietnam.
Vietnam upset over China’s attitude in South China Sea
Sources said that Vietnam is struggling with China’s dictatorial attitude in the South China Sea. In this region, China has been asserting its monopoly over the South China Sea, rejecting the claims of all 12 countries, including its neighbor Vietnam. Cooperation between India and Vietnam has increased on this issue.