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Khang Vu

Khang Vu

Khang Vu is a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at Boston College.

Khang Vu is a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at Boston College and a 2023-2024 Hans J. Morgenthau pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a regular contributor to the Lowy Institute’s blog The Interpreter. Khang received his master’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2019 and his other writings have appeared in International Security, the Journal of Contemporary China, War on the Rocks, The National Interest, East Asia Forum, Fulcrum, to name a few. Follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Posts by Khang Vu
February 14, 2024

Why Vietnam Cannot Copy the Philippines’ China Policy

By Khang Vu
The country's awkward geographic position with China militates against it adopting a strong pro-U.S. orientation.

January 24, 2024

Situating the Battle of the Paracel Islands in Modern Vietnam-China Relations

By Khang Vu
Good relations with China have necessitated the downplaying of past conflicts by both countries.
December 13, 2023

Vietnam and China Announce Major Upgrade in Relations During Xi Visit

By Khang Vu
Hanoi's decision to join Beijing's "community of common destiny" is consistent with the country's longstanding policy of assurance toward its northern neighbor.

November 21, 2023

What Vietnam Can Learn from the Stalemate in Ukraine

By Khang Vu
The stagnant state of the conflict is likely to make Hanoi even warier of relying on its security partnership with Washington.

October 19, 2023

Chinese Leader’s Visit Reflects Vietnam’s ‘Omnidirectional’ Foreign Policy

By Khang Vu
China's paramount leader Xi Jinping will reportedly soon make a state visit to Vietnam, just weeks after U.S. President Joe Biden.

September 22, 2023

The Limits of the North Korea-Russia Security Partnership

By Khang Vu
Just how far can Moscow and Pyongyang's revived “militant unity” go?
September 11, 2023

Overcoming Differences, Looking to the Future: The Next Step for the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership 

By Khang Vu
Despite the significant upgrade to its relationship with the United States, China will continue to loom large in Vietnam's calculations.

August 15, 2023

Can an Upgraded US Partnership Help Vietnam Escape China’s Orbit?

By Khang Vu
Recent history shows the dangers in seeking to escape the gravitational pull of its northern neighbor.

July 07, 2023

Why Vietnam’s Naval Bases Do Not Change the Dynamic of Vietnam-China Relations

By Khang Vu
While allowing foreign navies to call at its ports supports Vietnam's omnidirectional foreign policy, its relationship with China remains the most important variable.

May 10, 2023

What Role Does Ideology Play in Vietnam’s Foreign Policy?

By Khang Vu
Communist ideology is an important factor in the making of Hanoi's foreign policy, but it is far from the only one.

April 28, 2023

What Vietnam Needs from America: Lessons from a Past Alliance

By Khang Vu
What Hanoi needs from its relationship with Washington depends overwhelmingly on the state of China-Vietnam relations.
April 19, 2023

The China Factor in Vietnam’s Multidirectional Foreign Policy

By Khang Vu
No matter how many international friends it has, Hanoi's international freedom of maneuver will be tightly constrained by China.

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