July 12, 2014
ANOTHER COIL OF THE ANACONDA:
Vietnam's Overdue Alliance With America (TUONG LAI, JULY 11, 2014, NY Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 12, 2014 8:33 AMOURS is a small country. We Vietnamese cannot and must not entrust our future to anyone, but we urgently need strategic allies at a moment in history when our priority is to defeat our present-day enemy: China.China's move in May, to place an offshore oil rig on the Vietnamese continental shelf, and its arrogant statements in June, at an Asian security summit meeting known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, exposed China's sea piracy to the world. These developments should alarm anyone in Vietnam who still clings to the myth of brotherly love between our nation and China.We cannot fight Chinese encroachment alone. Political isolation in a globalized world is tantamount to committing political suicide for Vietnam. And the key ally for Vietnam today is the United States -- an alliance that the Vietnamese liberation hero Ho Chi Minh ironically always wanted.