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Beijing scrambles to bolster ties with Vietnam amid growing US influence

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Beijing scrambles to bolster relationship with Vietnam as Hanoi elevates ties with the US

A visit to Vietnam by Communist Party International Department head Liu Jianchao has been used to counter growing US relationshipParty diplomacy continues to be the ballast in China-Vietnam relations amid simmering tensions in the South China SeaDiplomacyShi JiangtaoPublished: 7:30pm, 17 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

As Vietnam’s relationship with the United States becomes a countervailing force to China amid disputes over the South China Sea and economic matters, Beijing has scrambled to send a top diplomat to shore up ties with Hanoi.The fence-mending trip from September 4-6 by Liu Jianchao, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Department, who is responsible for Beijing’s inter-party diplomacy, came just days ahead of US President Joe Biden’s first visit to China’s communist-ruled neighbour on September 10.

Biden’s trip saw a historic upgrade of Hanoi’s ties with Washington to a comprehensive strategic partnership, Vietnam’s highest diplomatic status alongside China and Russia.

Liu also visited Cambodia and Laos, two of China’s regional allies, as part of a three-nation tour, in a trip that was seemingly held to stabilise ties with Southeast Asia amid renewed tensions over the South China Sea dispute.

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