August 5, 2014

U.S.-Vietnam Alliance? Not So Fast

Teddy Pham, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

The recent tactical withdrawal of a giant Chinese oil rig from waters claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi does not herald a change in China’s strategy of staking out claims in large swaths of the South China Sea that have bedeviled the two ideologically communist allies over the past years. The retreat has come at a convenient juncture for the pro-Chinese faction of the Vietnamese Communist Party to preempt any planned legal action against China and thwart the highly-anticipated alliance with the U.S.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Vietnam, China

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

August 5, 2014
China's Epic Fail in the South China Sea
Bill Hayton, National Interest
By whatever metric you choose, China’s recent oil-drilling adventure in the South China Sea was a disaster. No new oil will reach Chinese consumers, no new maritime territory has been gained and regional advantage has been... more ››
July 29, 2014
Welcome to the New Vietnam
Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal
The ruling Communist Party knows better than just about anyone that communist economics are a disaster. Vietnam’s economy has been growing at light speed for a while now. I knew that in advance, and yet it still stunned me. The... more ››
July 23, 2014
The 'Black Death' Plague Comes to China
Chao Deng, China Real Time
This month’s plague occurrence isn’t the first time in recent history that China’s put in place quarantine measures to prevent a potential spread of the plague. In 2009, three men, including a herdsman, in the remote town... more ››
For many of today's Chinese youth looking for a partner, love takes second place to parental pressure, moving up the social ladder and a heavy dose of fear drummed into women that they will end up as "leftover." These aspects... more ››