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  • 28 November, 2020

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India - Vietnam

India-Vietnam Talks

Recently, Defence Ministers of India and Vietnam have discussed collaboration in defence industry capability building, training and cooperation in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations, etc.

Defence Cooperation:

Both countries reaffirmed the strong India-Vietnam Defence cooperation which is a key pillar of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (2016).

Underlining the vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” for enhancing self-reliance including defence industries, India urged closer defence industry cooperation by concluding an institutionalised framework agreement in the near future.

Cooperation in the field of Hydrography:

This will enable sharing of Hydrographic data and assist in production of navigational charts by both sides.

What is Hydrography?

Hydrography is the science that measures and describes the physical features of the navigable portion of the Earth's surface and adjoining coastal areas.

ADMM Plus Meeting:

Vietnam invited India to ASEAN Defence Ministers’

Meeting-Plus (ADMM Plus) being hosted by Vietnam in December 2020.

What is ADMM Plus?

The ADMM-Plus is a platform for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its eight Dialogue Partners Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the USA (collectively referred to as the “Plus Countries”), to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region.

Vietnam is a member of ASEAN.

ASEAN is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political and security cooperation among its ten members.

India-Vietnam Relations

India and Vietnam have agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation in line with India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and the ASEAN’s Outlook on Indo-Pacific.

Cooperation at Multiple Fora:

At the UN Security Council, both India and Vietnam will serve concurrently as non-permanent members in 2021. India and Vietnam closely cooperate in various regional forums such as East Asia Summit, Mekong Ganga Cooperation, and Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Economic Relations:

Vietnam is also the second largest export destination for India after Singapore in the ASEAN region. Bilateral trade for the period April-November 2019 reached USD 9.01 billion.

Source: TH

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