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Asia Insight

South Korea banks on Vietnam alliance after China chill

Northeast and Southeast Asian partners prioritize economic ties over frictions

KIM JAEWON, Nikkei staff writer | Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY/HANOI -- South Korea and Vietnam may not be natural allies, yet their bond is quickly becoming one of the region's deepest.

These are two nations divided by historical bloodshed, political ideology and global status. One is an advanced but rapidly aging Northeast Asian capitalist democracy long past a "miraculous" economic rise. The other is a youthful Southeast Asian one-party socialist state, still in the early stages of its own economic miracle.

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