In Hanoi on July 22, Vietnam Foreign Minister Khiem presents

a painting to Secretary of State Clinton made from gemstones.

The painting is a rendering of a photo taken in 2000, of Clinton

and her daughter Chelsea in traditional Vietnamese hats.



Global Times, People's Republic of China

The Vietnamese Should Beware of America's 'Suspicious Cozying Up'


Is American butting in where it doesn't belong when it says that settling territorial disputes in the South China Sea is a matter of U.S. national security? According to this editorial from China's state-controlled Global Times, by cozying up to a former adversary in pursuit of its own interests, Washington is practicing the kind of diplomacy 'it is good at."




July 28, 2010


People's Republic of China - Global Times - Original Article (English)

While the U.S. media pay little attention to the exhaustive travels of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, America's friends and adversaries watch very carefully, as this article from China's state-controlled media shows.  

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In another sign that the United States is "back in Southeast Asia," it has begun to approach its old adversary in the region. During her two-day stay in Vietnam last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed economic cooperation, promised to resolve the legacy of Agent Orange, and praised the unlimited potential of improved U.S.-Vietnam relations.



When the U.S. claimed, on Vietnamese soil, that it's in the U.S. national interest to resolve the disputes in the South China Sea, the message was clear. [reference to, among other claims, the issue of the Spratly Islands, some or all of which are claimed by People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam].


Embracing a former adversary for broader strategic gains is the kind of diplomacy that the United States is good at. It is true that there conflict remains between China and Vietnam over disputed waters and natural resources. Both are hot-button issues that tend trigger public resentment on both sides. And it is also true that this is an obstacle to deepening bilateral ties between China and Vietnam.


But from a historical perspective, the two countries have overcome the shadow of past military clashes. China has been Vietnam's largest trading partner for five consecutive years.



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Charting a reform road similar to China's, Vietnam is benefiting from an economic boom and political stability that is the envy of neighboring countries. The desire for mutual economic benefit surpasses this dispute over sea territories and it lays a solid foundation for resolving the dispute peacefully.



Two weeks ago, the two sides finished the demarcation of a 1,300-kilometer long land boundary. Six years ago, the two sides inked a treaty over maritime boundaries at Beibei Gulf, setting a reference point for resolving other issues involving disputed waters in the South China Sea.


Under pressure to maintain influence and guard against the rise of China, the West is eager to cozy up to Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. Meanwhile, Western media enjoys poisoning Sino-Vietnamese ties by painting China as "an elephant" more than able to trample on the interests of Vietnam.


Vietnam should take care to avoid becoming a U.S. chess piece as America pursues its broader regional agenda. China doesn't include Vietnam in its sphere of influence. The two countries are building normal nation-to-nation relations and can find ways to avoid being taken advantage of by other countries and resolve disputes peacefully.


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