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European countries racing for defence partnership with Vietnam

Europe Security News.- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung inspects a guard of honour during his visit to France.

Europe Security News.- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung inspects a guard of honour during his visit to France.

The European Union (EU) has been attributed a special role in foreign investments in Vietnam. In this regard, as the total FDI inflow to Vietnam coming from the EU between 2002 and 2009 amounts to US$ 4,7 billion (as compared to US$ 649,9 million coming from China), which makes the EU the second largest external investor in Vietnam, just after the US.  In 2011, the EU’s FDI in Vietnam was US$ 32 billion, encompassing 1,687 investment projects.

Hanoi’s growing network of defence cooperation and security relations promises to tell us something very interesting about Europe’s emerging role in Asian security. Here is a sample of recent evidence on the number of European nations cementing defence ties with Vietnam: Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Bulgaria,

Belgium,

France,

Germany,

Italy,

Poland,

Spain,

Sweden,

UK

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