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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Every time China oversteps, American interests in Southeast Asia advance

The neighbors notice. Chinese and Vietnamese boats are bumping on the high seas. Vietnamese are attacking Chinese-owned factories. I remember reading that as early as about 1970, Hanoi was more focused on Beijing as its primary adversary than on the lingering war with the Americans. I hope we are now sharing satellite imagery and signals ...

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Jennifer Boyer/Flickr
Jennifer Boyer/Flickr

The neighbors notice. Chinese and Vietnamese boats are bumping on the high seas. Vietnamese are attacking Chinese-owned factories.

I remember reading that as early as about 1970, Hanoi was more focused on Beijing as its primary adversary than on the lingering war with the Americans. I hope we are now sharing satellite imagery and signals intercepts with the Vietnamese government.

The neighbors notice. Chinese and Vietnamese boats are bumping on the high seas. Vietnamese are attacking Chinese-owned factories.

I remember reading that as early as about 1970, Hanoi was more focused on Beijing as its primary adversary than on the lingering war with the Americans. I hope we are now sharing satellite imagery and signals intercepts with the Vietnamese government.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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