Vietnam

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US-Vietnam: Weapons for Reform

Momentum is growing in Washington, D.C., to remove the lethal weapons ban on Vietnam, a move that would undoubtedly agitate China. It is a gambit that would impel Beijing to view the United States in much th...
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Is China Only Playing Catch-Up in the South China Sea

Robert Wade and Dic Lo, in a letter published by the Financial Times recently argued that China’s actions in the South China Sea and the Pacific have merely been attempts to catch up and respond to those activi...
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Another China Drillship Moves South

China's former Foreign Minister was in Hanoi on June 18, the first high level talks since Beijing deployed the deepsea rig Haiyang Shihua 981 (HY 981) in early May to explore for oil and gas in a promising patc...
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New reality for Vietnam-China relations

The deployment of China’s HD 981 oil drilling rig is undoubtedly the most serious incident in Sino- Vietnamese relations since the normalization of ties in 1991.   What was considered a  positive relationshi...
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Vietnam: Turning Point?

It's been more than a month since China’s deep water oil drilling rig Haiyang 981 dropped anchor in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone.  Beijing's deployment of the US$1 billion rig and an armada of escort vesse...
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New Asia-Pacific Collective Defense Needed

This year’s annual Shangri-La Dialogue, held by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore, features Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as its keynote speaker. Perhaps not surprisingly, the ...
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Could the Viet Violence Against China Turn Against Hanoi?

It was a little more than two weeks ago when Chinese state-owned corporation CNOOC moved an oil rig into contested waters off the Vietnamese coast for “exploratory work” at the behest of Beijing. Not surprisin...
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Why Should Obama Visit Vietnam?

A visit from the President of the United States to Vietnam would achieve at least two things for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung: one, he would be able to stand side by side with Obama; and two, he wo...
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Spratly Islands and Crimea: The Fight for Self-Interest

The current Crimean crisis lends itself for comparison to potential conflicts elsewhere around the globe, particularly the Spratly Islands dispute. If the world fails in resolving the Ukrainian crisis, claiman...