A Vietnamese man covers his nose and mouth to hide the smell of the bodies of US and Vietnamese soldiers killed fighting the Viet Cong, northeast of Saigon, in November 1965. Photo: AP

What do Vietnam, the US-China trade war, Brexit and Lantau reclamation all have in common? They show what happens when leaders need to look tough

  • Philip Bowring says that from Iran to Vietnam and now China, US leaders keep making bad decisions rather than looking weak. But the US isn’t alone: Britain’s Brexiteers and Carrie Lam’s artificial island scheme show signs of the same malady
Topic |   US-China trade war

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A Vietnamese man covers his nose and mouth to hide the smell of the bodies of US and Vietnamese soldiers killed fighting the Viet Cong, northeast of Saigon, in November 1965. Photo: AP
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