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Vietnamese love the US, and China cannot change that

Attempts to turn the Afghanistan withdrawal to Beijing's advantage have failed

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A Vietnamese saleswoman stands next to an American and Vietnam flag on sale in Hanoi: America's soft power diplomacy appears to have triumphed.   © Reuters

Dien Luong is a visiting fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.

When U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris' arrival in Hanoi was delayed last month, China's ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo scurried to hold a previously unannounced meeting with that country's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

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