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Vietnam relooks its foreign policy as China widens hegemonic sphere

With the Philippines "separating" from the US and pivoting to Beijing, Vietnam loses another ally against China in the South China Sea dispute.

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Vietnamese tourists at the Thac Ban Gioc on the Vietnam-China border in Trung Khanh district. Vietnam is resisting falling under Chinese domination and remains in confrontation with Beijing over the South China Sea.

THE leadership in Vietnam is worried as its diplomacy is facing two new challenges.

Former US president Barack Obama's pivot to Asia - which provided Hanoi with security against its powerful northern neighbour, China - has ended. And now the Philippines is performing its own pivot to

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