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China-Vietnam Relations: Rising Panda Hidden Angst

May 6, 2014

Daniel Bodirsky

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Vietnam’s troubled relationship with China is a common topic of conversation on the streets of Hanoi. Beijing’s maritime aggression is a very real concern for locals, and with the recent 35th anniversary of the Sino-Vietnamese war, China remains the chief bogeyman in the collective Vietnamese consciousness. Paranoia is rife and readily accepted as fact – Chinese companies deliberately exporting poisoned watermelons to Hanoi being among the most absurd claims. Despite having been a French colony, ravaged by the United States, and torn apart by a twenty-year civil war, most Vietnamese still hold China to be the nation’s perennial enemy. Amid a backdrop of deteriorating regional security, the origins of this animosity demand closer examination.

 

Daniel Bodirsky is a contributor to Geopoliticalmonitor.com

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  • zbon

    thousands and thousands of years of hate here…

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