Monday, January 27, 2020

Vietnam's Sound Foreign Policy Stance

There is an echo of our republic's founding foreign policy to be found in Vietnam's "Four No's" national defense policy.

There is a lot of wisdom here to ponder for a nation who wants to focus on the well being of her people.
The publication of the 2019 National Defense White Paper ... enunciates “Four No’s” principle for the development of the Viet Nam People’s Army (VPA).

Accordingly, Viet Nam consistently advocates neither joining any military alliances, siding with one country against another, giving any other countries permission to set up military bases or use its territory to carry out military activities against other countries, nor using force or threatening to use force in international relations, Lich affirmed.
I'm not sure I'm counting the four correctly, but I think they are:

1. Avoid foreign entanglements.
2. Strict neutrality.
3. No foreign military bases on sovereign soil.
4. Will not conduct military activity against other nations.

You can read the white paper here.

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