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(Analysis) 40 Years After Exit From Saigon: Vietnam And US Find Strategic Common Ground

2015-05-02 08:20:13       source:Eurasia Review

By Murray Hiebert

April 30, 2015

"Vietnam tries to balance ties between Washington and Beijing – and avoid conflict in the South China Sea.

As Vietnam and the United States mark the 40th anniversary of the end of their bitter war on April 30, it's surprising how far the two countries have come in normalizing relations. To be sure, there are still areas where ties could be deepened, particularly in military-to-military interaction. The United States is held back by concerns about human rights, particularly Hanoi's detention of bloggers, but for Vietnam the worry centers on how giant neighbor China will react."

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