America and Vietnam ... each hop[es] the other will play right into their plans for their own benefit.
It’s inconceivable that the U.S. and China would fight a war, but a generation ago it was inconceivable that Hanoi and Washington would be comrades in arms.
In short, why does the United States, or rather its government, involve itself in so many conflicts?
Yesterday, officials at the U.S. State Department released a decree to Vietnam, demanding that it stop allowing Russia to use the Cam Ranh Bay area as a "refueling station" for its fleet of strategic bombers. The U.S. considers the Russian bombers circling U.S. military installations in Guam to be a credible form of [Read more]
It seems an exercise in hair-splitting, however, that Washington pursues every avenue of correct international relations with Vietnam, save one. Vietnam's foreign policy, while always attentive to China, is clearly aligned with the region, notably Asean. Its military is formidable but nothing like it was before the 1978 invasion of Cambodia and the traumatic losses of that conflict. This is the reasoning already employed by those who favour arms sales to Vietnam. It is the reasoning US President Barack Obama is likely to use in his declaration ending the ban on military sales.