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Why Vietnam Needs to Reevaluate its Weapons Procurement Strategy

Why Vietnam Needs to Reevaluate its Weapons Procurement Strategy

By Khang Vu
Growing concerns over a Chinese-funded canal project in Cambodia underscore the need for a shift from maritime to continental security.

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

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.
Vietnam’s Paradox: Commemorating the Battle of the Paracels

Vietnam’s Paradox: Commemorating the Battle of the Paracels

By Christelle Nguyen
The clash is a milestone for Hanoi’s South China Sea claims – but marking its 50th anniversary requires discussing the government of South Vietnam. 

China, America, and Vietnam’s Diplomatic Blitz in 2023

China, America, and Vietnam’s Diplomatic Blitz in 2023

By Sebastian Strangio
The Diplomat interviews Khang Vu, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Boston College, about Vietnam’s diplomatic strategy amid great power competition.

China Railway Plans to Test Vietnam’s Foreign Policy Equilibrium

China Railway Plans to Test Vietnam’s Foreign Policy Equilibrium

By Brandon Tran
The Kunming-Haiphong railway runs directly through Vietnam's most significant deposits of rare earth minerals.

Vietnam and China Announce Major Upgrade in Relations During Xi Visit

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.

China’s Leader Xi Jinping to Visit Vietnam Next Week

China’s Leader Xi Jinping to Visit Vietnam Next Week

By Sebastian Strangio
The trip comes on the heels of the Vietnamese government's significant diplomatic upgrades with the United States and Japan.
What Vietnam Can Learn from the Stalemate in Ukraine

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.

China’s Xi Jinping Could Visit Vietnam Soon, Report Claims

China’s Xi Jinping Could Visit Vietnam Soon, Report Claims

By Sebastian Strangio
The visit, which could take place later this month or early next, would come after U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Hanoi last month.

The US-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Is Not All About China

The US-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Is Not All About China

By Nguyen Hung Son
The upgrade in ties was consistent with Hanoi's longstanding goal of building a network of relationships with the region and the world.

Did China Colonize Vietnam?

Did China Colonize Vietnam?

By Christelle Nguyen
Vietnamese often speak of a long history of domination at Chinese hands, while Chinese youths are taught that Vietnamese territory was previously part of China.
Can an Upgraded US Partnership Help Vietnam Escape China’s Orbit?

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.

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