In a recent episode (113) titled: Vietnam – Our New Friend?? The visit of General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to Hanoi was highlighted. It seems the Vietnamese are opening up to the possibility of improved relations with the USA. This episode is a continuation of our look at the geo-political rumblings going on in southeast Asia where China is trying to hog up all the mineral resources in the South China Sea to the chagrin of its neighbors in Vietnam, The Philippines, Taiwan and Japan to name a few.
Suddenly it seems Vietnam wants to make nicey-nicey with the US to balance out the influence of China, the eight hundred pound gorilla on its northern border. Hope our leaders have sufficient moxie to handle the negotiations in this sensitive matter. It is a significant challenge involving relations with an enemy we did not beat after years of sacrifice in blood and fortune and the specter of challenging a new world power in China.