Is Vietnamese Communist party chief’s “bamboo tree diplomacy” soft or flexible? When its nods to US, when it turns to China

Do you know what secret signing Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong has signed with the Chinese side during his last year’s visit?

It can be said that the Communist Party of Vietnam is always proud of their bamboo diplomacy. According to the party’s explanation, it is a “flexible” diplomacy. However, according to some analysts, this diplomacy is unwise. Because it gives the party many connections, but none of them has any quality.

In contrast to Vietnam’s bamboo diplomacy, Taiwan’s foreign policy is tougher and firmer. Taiwan chooses to be friends with the US without having to make friends with “clumsy” things that do not help them, if threatened by China. Taiwan’s diplomacy gave them a better result.

Last year, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taipei. China made a fuss, thinking that it wanted to eat Taiwan alive, but then it did not dare to do anything.

Recently, Ms. Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan, met with US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy around the time she was transiting in the US during her trip. China also aggressively threatened, as if it wanted to take Taiwan, but in the end it did nothing. Taiwan’s foreign policy is a wise one. And Vietnam’s bamboo diplomacy is a short-sighted and unwise policy.

In fact, the bamboo diplomacy of the Communists is the policy of swinging the rope. They are swinging between China and the US. They are afraid of China, do not dare to disobey China. However, the US economy can help Vietnam earn more than $50 billion each year. This number is very large, if compared, the GDP of Vietnam is only a little over $300 billion. This swing is a clever way of diplomacy, which is beneficial to the Communist Party in the short term, but not for Vietnam. Because Vietnam’s ability to defend itself against China is very weak, because there is no big friend to support Vietnam when Vietnam is in trouble.

Nguyen Phu Trong’s trip to China in late October last year was a trip with many questions. It is known that the diplomatic relationship between Vietnam and China is a relationship between the two parties, not the diplomacy between the two countries. Whether the two General Secretary signed anything secret or not, no one knows. Then after that, the Vietnamese Government must implement what it has promised.

On April 11, Dinh Tien Dung, Secretary of the Hanoi City Party Committee met Xiong Bo, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam, to discuss the Ha Dong-Xuan Mai urban railway project. A project is considered the second Cat Linh-Ha Dong in Hanoi. According to public information in the state-controlled media, the reason Ambassador Xiong Bo came to Dinh Tien Dung was to remind the Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee to implement what Nguyen Phu Trong had signed with Xi Jinping during his trip to China from October 30, 2022 to November 1, 2022.

So it is clear that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong who went to China to pick up the debt and put it on Hanoi’s head. And Dinh Tien Dung is only the one of implementing parties. Some people think that this may be the noose that Nguyen Phu Trong was forced to wear, and then he brought it to Hanoi. Politically dependent on China, Vietnam is becoming more and more dependent in all aspects on its bad neighbor to the north, so how can Vietnam be “long life“?

Recently, Nguyen Phu Trong had a phone conversation with US President Joe Biden. This phone call promises that Nguyen Phu Trong will visit the US. However, according to observers, this phone conversation was just Trong’s way of “swinging around.” Bringing Vietnam deep into Xi’s hands, he has to perform a song about the US to distract. Leaning towards the US is only an economic issue, but on political issues, the Vietnamese communist chief has already chosen to lean towards. It will not change. (Translated)