Hanoi and Seoul are fostering their strategic partnership as the Chief of Naval operations of South Korea paid a visit to Vietnam in a bid to tighten the security cooperation between the two nations. The relationship has wider perspectives for the entire region as the security ties between the two nations had levelled up to the point of a strategic partnership way back in 2009.
However, under the leadership of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the ties have reached a new high especially as part of wider focus on Southeast Asia under the New Southern Policy of South Korea. The defence minister of Vietnam, Ngo Xuan Lich paid a visit to South Korea for concluding a joint vision statement on defence cooperation in 2030. Latter was followed by the visit of South Korean Defence Minister to Vietnam in June where a new agreement on defence ties was inked.
The defence ties came to forefront again due to the working visit of Admiral Hyun-seong Um, the Chief of Naval Operations to Vietnam. Um’s visit to the nation was seen as a strategic stoppage as part of the broader Asian visits which also included Indonesia and Turkey. The details of the meetings were not disclosed publicly but they definitely point towards stronger defence ties between the two nations in future.