Pulling some vintage Bob Lang out of the archives for your Friday Funnies. What is not so funny? The currently brewing tensions between Vietnam and China.
The huge nationwide protests that rocked Vietnam last week have highlighted Hanoi’s headaches in dealing with China, both as a hostile power in the South China Sea and as a key trading partner and economic investor.
The history of Vietnam-China relations is steeped in a thousand years of Chinese colonization, conflict and rebellion. The last Chinese invasion was a two-month border war in 1979.
The more recent protests centered on the Special Zone Act, a law that would create “special economic zones” (SEZs) with the goal of sparking investment and economic reform. However, the prospect of dodgy deals that allegedly would have handed land over to Chinese investors provoked a flood of angry demonstrations less than two weeks ago, with protesters holding placards that read “No Special Zone — No leasing land to China — Even for one day!” and “Down with those who sell our country.”