Hm, perhaps this is the price for China supporting us with North Korea. If that's the case they got the best of this deal in my opinion.
China and Vietnam are ancient enemies. The Vietnamese don't like being bullied by their Goliath neighbor. The Chinese don't like it when a country they consider a satellite has its own foreign policy and that includes making friends with us.
Sure, china supported North Vietnam during that war, but that was a poke at us. Now that Vietnam is united, somewhat powerful, and rapidly industrializing China isn't so friendly any more. In fact, they have been downright unneighborly. Going so far as to start a war with them a while back.
So now, China wants all the natural resources located off of Vietnam's coast. I think the Vietnamese will fight for that. I think they'll build an Indo China alliance to stop Chinese aggression. We'll see what the future brings.
No matter what its my personal opinion that we cannot have the Chinese as enemies. China will always aim for themselves first but since China is so entrenched in the world making enemies with them will only hurt us.
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How did they do this? The only way I can think of is that they have, or had, a very well placed mole inside one of the intelligence community agencies. We need to find out who it is/was, find them, try them, and then send them to super max for the rest of their lives. This absolutely crippled our ability to uncover Chinese intentions.
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