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Hanoi plays at balancing ties with China and the US with aplomb

Its latest trick is "transactional diplomacy", cribbed from Trump's playbook.

Vietnam is now valued by the US as a front-line defender against an expansionist China; its current foreign policy stance gives it diplomatic flexibility in dealing with both the US and China.

THE Vietnamese prime minister is adopting the American president's "transactional diplomacy": Hanoi is linking the economic deals that President Donald Trump desires from Vietnam with concrete US support in its maritime dispute with its giant northern neighbour, China.

Vietnam has...

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