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China has announced donations of 5.7 million Sinopharm doses to Vietnam, an important neighbor with which it is often at odds. (Nikkei montage/Nguyen Doc Lap/Reuters)
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Vietnam takes Sinopharm vaccines to ease Ho Chi Minh City's woes

Pandemic offers Beijing opportunity to firm ties with strategically important neighbor

TOMOYA ONISHI, Nikkei staff writer | Vietnam

HANOI -- The COVID-19 pandemic has caused huge disruptions and grief in Vietnam and badly hit the economy. In politics, it might produce a side effect of improving the country's bumpy relationship with its giant neighbor and occasional nemesis, China.

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