mandag 23. november 2015

Vietnam has crucial decision to make over future foreign policy

China must have been encouraged by the noises coming out of Vietnam earlier in the week after President Xi Jinping’s visit to the emergent southeast Asian powerhouse. Post-visit press conferences abounded with the kind of rhetoric that was designed to show two nations united in a common future: pledging to be “good neighbours”, promising a future between the two that revolved around a relationship of mutual understanding and cooperation, Beijing must have considered the visit a successful one. However, even with Xi Jinping’s declarations of mutual, hand-in-hand progress still ringing in the halls of the Vietnamese National Assembly, Hanoi was already playing a double game: Japan had been given the right to make port calls in a Vietnamese naval base facing the South China Sea – a strategic first. Read more