On Monday, US President Barack Obama waived the ban on selling arms to Vietnam that had existed for half a century to commemorate “trust.”

The US president has tried to place the once crucial government at the center of his foreign policy legacy. He declared the full removal of the rule of not selling arms at a news conference, where he promised to let go of the disturbing history between the former war enemies.

“At this stage, both sides have developed a level of trust and co-operation including our militaries,” he said.

Activists have been saying that this decision to lift the embargo has destroyed the US government’s best advantage for pushing Vietnam on abuse.

According to The Times of India, the US is trying to embrace a new era with a fresh and increasingly prosperous nation.

Barack Obama is on a mission to leave behind critics’ idea to see Vietnam as the nation that negatively treats dissidents. He noted that Vietnam is achieving a modest progress on human rights being a one-party nation.

“The United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam that has been in place for some 50 years,” the US president said at the joint press conference.

He stood there with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.

It has been reported that both the countries are quite observant of China’s military build up in the politically troubled South China Sea.

However, Obama tried hard to keep the decision to allow arms sales to the communist country separated from their shared concerns over China’s “claims to contested waters,” says The Australian.

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He said that the decision to take off the ban was not because of China. He added that it was based on the desire to finish what has been a time-consuming process of “moving towards normalization with Vietnam.”

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The Vietnamese president appreciated the extension in the security and trade ties between “former enemies turned friends.” While standing beside Barack Obama, Tran Dai Quang called for more US investment.