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’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

Topic |   China-Asean relations
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’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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