外文标题：India ignores China's frown, offers defence boost to Vietnam
NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday took a decisive step towards countering China's assertive power, by committing to help Vietnam's defence modernization, a move that will resonate unpleasantly in Beijing.
After his meeting with visiting Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Narendra Modi said, "Our defence cooperation with Vietnam is among our most important ones. India remains committed to the modernization of Vietnam's defence and security forces. This will include expansion of our training programme, which is already very substantial, joint-exercises and cooperation in defence equipment. We will quickly operationalise the $100 million line of credit that will enable Vietnam acquire new naval vessels from India."
For the first time, India sent clear signals that it may be willing to sell the Brahmos short range cruise missiles to Vietnam, a long-standing demand by Hanoi. The previous Indian government was a little hesitant, citing reservations by Russia (which is a co-developer). Russia has now indicated its willingness. India will wait to enter the MTCR (Missile Technology Control Regime) before making a sale, but both countries have decisively crossed this hurdle.
Vietnam's importance to New Delhi was evident when President Pranab Mukherjee paid a state visit to that country, almost coinciding with Chinese President Xi Jinping's first visit to India.
This is going to be a befitting nswer to chinis friendship with Pakistanagainst Indian strategy.
Senior Citizen (Kochi)
Very good decision! Now we should boycott Chinese goods to encourage local Industries as BJP is notorious to boycott Parliament sessions.
bold move by Modi...really appreciated ...
Mohanlal DotCom (USA)
China should not even dream of dictating Bharat's foreign policy.
Good step by our govt. Great Modiji. Mera Bharat Mahan.
Sourabh Agarwal (Unknown)
A bold move taken by PMO. Such kind of move requires a person with big heart and sharp mind and we all know the name of that person.
rajan loknathan (Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
China is an idiotic and despotic country of thugs. Just ignore, discard it.
Congress were a anti national party and only helped the Pakistan and Chinese regimes to prosper on India's expense.