Huynh Tam Sang

Lecturer and Research Fellow, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam

Huynh Tam Sang is a lecturer at the Faculty of International Relations and research fellow at the Center for International Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

A woman walks along along an alleyway decorated with Vietnamese national flags in Hanoi, 1 September 2020. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP)

Facing frenemy China, Vietnam shall edge closer to America

Vietnam is caught geopolitically between America, the dominant power, and China, the emerging power. While some observers argue that Vietnam can continue to maintain a neutral position, many smaller states are increasingly finding it difficult to maintain the balancing act. Vietnamese academic Huynh Tam Sang suggests that facing a more assertive China, Vietnam should edge closer to the US by adopting a US-Vietnam “soft alignment” framework where America provides more support for Vietnam’s defence and security needs.