United States President Donald Trump arrives in Hanoi in 2017. Photo: AFP

Vietnam has a new partner in its old rivalry with China – the US

  • A mutual suspicion of Beijing’s rising clout, particularly in the South China Sea, has led to deeper military cooperation between Hanoi and Washington
  • But non-aligned Vietnam’s foreign policy doctrine still places constraints on its defence ties, and precludes any formal alliance
Topic |   China military

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United States President Donald Trump arrives in Hanoi in 2017. Photo: AFP
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The Greater Mekong Subregion is a 2.6 million sq km area that covers five Asean countries as well as China’s Guangxi region and Yunnan province. Photo: AFP

Too little, too late for US ‘recommitment’ to Mekong countries? China’s already there

  • As Beijing floods the Mekong with much-needed cash, the US finds itself pushing back against the tide to retain influence
  • But some nations in the region think the competition can work to their advantage
Topic |   United States

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The Greater Mekong Subregion is a 2.6 million sq km area that covers five Asean countries as well as China’s Guangxi region and Yunnan province. Photo: AFP
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