China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (left) meets Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (left) meets Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

China-US rivalry poses challenge for Vietnam’s leaders, observers say

  • Recent meeting of senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials suggests Hanoi has ‘picked a side and is leaning closer to its neighbour’, academic says
  • But others say Vietnam cannot afford to sacrifice its core interests in the South China Sea just to placate Beijing

China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (left) meets Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (left) meets Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
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