Strategic interests seem to be replacing commercial interests for the host country with regard to “Cam Ranh Bay.” Amplify
(Civil Services Exam 2011, 150 words)
Cam Ranh Bay is one of the most important ports in the region located in South China Sea in Vietnam. With the growing influence of China in the region in general, and China Sea in particular Vietnam which earlier intended to develop the port as commercial center has now gradually change its policy and is moving towards its usage as a strategic base with foreign military access.
From the point of view of the commercial interest, the port has great commercial potential as well as this port lies in one of the busiest trade route of western Pacific. Earlier Vietnam was trying to privatize the port but off late the country has reversed its policy. Now the host country has intention to use it for strategic purpose by providing military access to foreign countries and thus reduce China’s influence in the region.
Vietnam has entered into bilateral defense relationship with US over the usage of this port. Similarly, the country is trying to involve Russia also in context of this port to counter the influence of China.