The two countries have strongly enhanced bilateral ties in recent years and are on the road to creating one of Asia’s most underrated and crucial friendshippartnerships from having been consistently underutilised.
Military diplomacy between India and Vietnam has assumed primacy in the strategic arena. It is increasingly becoming a means for countries on the hunt for defence partnerships in Asia – a facet of the evolving ‘great game’ in the strategic confines of South and Southeast Asia and within the overarching geography of the IndoPacifi c region. Military diplomacy also helps firm up relations in the generic context of long-term international relations between India and Vietnam.
The escalating hegemony of the Peoples’ Republic of China is a common thread that binds Indian and Vietnamese strategic interests in their respective neighbourhoods. This article delves into some of the key considerations aff orded by India to its military diplomacy with Vietnam and charts a course for further interaction in the domain.
Aspects of Military Diplomacy
The headline sortie between India and Vietnam is the elevated Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two rising powers with considerable infl uence in the Asian security edifi ce. India has envisaged and established such a partnership with only one other nation in the Southeast of Asia i.e. Indonesia. The factors that highlight the IndiaVietnam bonhomie are largely centred around the geopolitical and security challenges posed by China. These include sustained cooperation at the Track-I level and the drawing up of sustainable paradigms in cooperation, broad military exchanges that upscale defence diplomacy, and a focus on the high seas to improve and improvise upon ongoing defence activities and undertake newer ones.
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