American flags at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP American flags at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP
American flags at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP

When President Biden gets tough on China, can US count on Vietnam?

  • New leaderships give Washington and Hanoi a chance to boost ties, but Vietnam will be keen not to anger communist stablemate China
  • To win Hanoi’s trust, the US may need to tone down its human rights criticisms and take a tough line in the South China Sea

Topic |   Joe Biden’s China policy
American flags at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP American flags at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP
American flags at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP
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