Shadow of the Dragon: Vietnam's Continuing Struggle with China and Its Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy

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Brassey's, 2002 - History - 177 pages
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Shadow of the Dragon examines the long historical cycle of tribute, domination, and independence that has shaped Sino-Vietnamese bilateral relations. After generations of bloody struggle for independence and a slow crawl toward prosperity, Vietnam has reached a crossroads. The Vietnamese can fall back into their historically predetermined fate of kowtowing to their large neighbor, China, or they can continue to stand alone, forging their own developmental path. Henry Kenny outlines what role the United States can play in encouraging Vietnamese growth and prosperity while protecting U.S. interests and easing the Chinese hegemonic tendency without humiliating Beijing. The analysis addresses potential tinderboxes in the Con Son Basin, the Paracel and Spratly Islands, and the Gulf of Tonkin.

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Dr. Henry Kenny directs studies for the U.S. Navy and the Pacific Command at the Center for Naval Analyses Corporation. He has served with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the American Embassy in Tokyo, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kenny is the author of The American Role in Vietnam and East Asia and other publications. He lives in McLean, Virginia.

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