According to Sputnik Vietnam out of the five countries visited by Trump four have a very significant trade deficit with the US, with Vietnam’s amounting to $32 billion in 2016.
In order to reduce this deficit, the US plans to sell more to Vietnam and weapons are the most expensive product.
In 2016 then-President Obama lifted the embargo on the supply of lethal weapons to Vietnam. Moreover, a possible confirmation of military cooperation between the two countries will be the first ever visit of a US aircraft carrier to the Vietnamese port of Cam Ranh Bay, scheduled for 2018.
"The hopes that the US will help Vietnam defend sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea are very illusory. During his visit to China, Trump tried his best to please Xi Jinping, as he was more concerned about the state of US-China trade relations,” political analyst, head of the department of history of the Far East countries of St. Petersburg State University Vladimir Kolotov told Sputnik Vietnam.
He also said that it is worth noticing how the US treats its partners in Southeast Asia, one example being the Philippines.
According to the analyst, just a few years ago Southeast Asia was a place of tranquility which created conditions for its serious economic growth. Now the governments are fighting against terrorists ranging from the Philippines to Myanmar.
“A long period of instability has begun in the region, and the United States is in favor of expanding the boundaries of instability. This of course will increase arms sales. It should be noted that they have already sold weapons to South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. But instability in the region has not decreased as a result,” the analyst added.
Le Van Cuong military expert and a major general of the Ministry of Public Security told Sputnik Vietnam that the US military weapons are expensive and the Vietnamese Army will continue using older Soviet-made weapons.
"In our practice of military actions we were convinced that US weapons are worse in their characteristics than the Soviet ones, besides they are much more expensive,” Le said.
However, according to the major general, at present the Vietnamese Army is modernizing itself and may purchase a small amount of the most modern US weapons, “but there is no question of any mass supplies; Vietnam will remain faithful to the proven Russian weapons,” Le said.
Vietnamese historian and political analyst Vu Minh Giang in an interview with Sputnik Vietnam also stressed that US weapons are too expensive for Vietnam and the country is focused on cooperation with all of its partners: China, Russia, US, India and other countries in East Asia.
Vu said that the visit of a US aircraft carrier to the port of Cam Ranh next year is a demonstration of the multilateral nature of Vietnamese military ties. “After all, the port which is located in one of the most convenient bays of the world, has welcomed ships from different countries including Russia and China,” Vu said.