Author: Katie Trinh

VIETNAM – HANOI’S CLEVER PLAY IN THE ‘SOUTH CHINA SEA’

KATIE TRINH WRITES – China’s antics are getting out of hand and Vietnam, along with Malaysia and the Philippines, will not be bullied by the Asian hegemon. The conflict between the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) and China began when China reclaimed larger portions of the islands in the South China Sea (known as the East Sea to the Vietnamese) in 2013. On record China has reclaimed 2,900 acres of land while Vietnam has reclaimed about 80 acres; Malaysia 70 acres; and the Philippines 14 acres. ­­­ Kishore Mahbubani from the Financial Times argues that “China is being...

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VIETNAM: She Doesn’t Even Go Here!

KATIE TRINH WRITES – As said best by Gretchen Weiners from the iconic movie, “Mean Girls”– China, “you can’t sit with us.” Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States met for the first time in Southern California February 15-16. Vietnam and other countries affected by China’s expansionist policies had hoped the summit would strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and ASEAN member states. While China’s economic heft dominates and manipulates the Pacific coast of Asia, Vietnam took advantage of the absent hegemon and did a one two punch in hopes of countering China’s...

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