Great Game: The Rise Of Vietnam
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  • WigWag

    Twenty years after expelling the United States from the Subic Bay Naval base and the Clark Air Force base there is considerable sentiment in the Philippines to invite the United States back. At the very least most Philipinnos acknowledge that insisting that the United States abandon the bases was a serious mistake.

    How about an American naval base in Cam Ranh Bay? How ironic would that be?

  • Anthony

    WRM, are we preparing for an Asian century? As a matter of fact APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is meeting presently in Honolulu discussing regional economic integration (free trade and investment).

  • Lucius

    An excellent and concise analysis. The rise of Vietnam brings interest opportunities for both the U.S and China. China needs to get used to the balance of power game will be the future theme of Asia. If it does not want to be easily balanced by others, it needs to build regional confidence and behave with utmost caution. In a way, it is China that will have to walk the finest line in Asia.

  • If we expect to bring Vietnam into GATT on similar terms to China — in fact if we expect to keep these terms with China — it seems we are going to have to implement a graduated expenditure tax (GET) on a global basis as the only way to finance across-the-board wage subsidies for working Americans. The alternative is protectionism at home and chaos in Asia. There are no national solutions to what ails us anymore.

    GET for GATT

  • Luke Lea

    @ GET for GATT – that should have been written that a graduated expenditure tax “is the only ‘fair and efficient ‘ way to finance across-the-board wage subsidies for American workers.”

    An essential qualification. sorry

  • rkka

    “Asia.  Our goal is not to contain China in a new Cold War; we want to work with China and its neighbors to create an Asian geopolitical order in ways that avoid the need for a great power standoff.”

    So much for your crack to me that “if you think the US is more hostile to Russia than it is to China, you aren’t paying attention.”

    So, with your (and US) hostility to Russia confirmed, my point stands that it is unlikely that Russia will ever side with the US in any US-China dispute.

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