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McCain: US Should Allow Sale of Defensive Weapons to Vietnam

Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:45 AM

SINGAPORE — U.S. Sen. John McCain says America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heighten over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.

The Vietnam War veteran says he wants to see a gradual removal of the U.S. ban on providing lethal arms to Vietnam. The Republican senator from Arizona says the U.S. should provide additional defensive weapons that could be used in case of a conflict with China. The U.S. currently only allows the sale of lethal maritime security capabilities and for surveillance on a case-by-case basis.

McCain is a former naval aviator who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and tortured during his captivity from 1967-1973.

He says the U.S. should continue its ban on weapons used for crowd control or to commit human rights abuses.

He was speaking during the International Institute for Strategic Studies summit after recently visiting Vietnam.

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