On Monday, Barack Hussein Obama shocked the world by lifting a decades-long embargo on Vietnam during his first visit to the communist nation.
According to Daily Mail, Obama made the announcement during a press conference in which he explained the move was intended to step toward normalising relations with the former war enemy and to eliminate a “lingering vestige of the Cold War.”
“At this stage both sides have developed a level of trust and cooperation,” Obama said.
This moves comes as Obama is trying to strike a balance with Vietnam amid Chinese efforts to strengthen claims to disputed territory in the South China Sea, which is one of the world’s most crucial waterways.
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