‘Sparking regional tinderbox’: Beijing irked by US-Vietnam arms deal despite public praise

Red Horse


RT – May 24, 2016

The Obama administration has lifted an arms embargo on Vietnam, a move which neighboring Beijing has publicly praised. But the state-run China Daily has set a harsher tone, noting concerns that the move is meant to “curb the rise of China.”

The US president unveiled the move during a visit to Vietnam on Monday, insisting it was “not based on China.” However, a Tuesday editorial in the China Daily seemed to disagree.

Warning that the US and Vietnam must not spark a “regional tinderbox,” the newspaper cited concerns that the move was intended to “curb the rise of China.”