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Russia and Vietnam Team Up to Balance China

April 7, 2014 Topic: DefenseGreat PowersSecurity Region: RussiaVietnam

Russia and Vietnam Team Up to Balance China

Like many, Moscow is hedging its bets in Southeast Asia.

Stephen Blank is Senior Fellow for Russia at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC.

[i] Fiona Hill and Bobo Lo, “Putin’s Pivot,” www.foreignaffairs.com, August 6, 2013

[ii] Russia Seeks Several Military Bases Abroad – Defense Minister ,” RIA Novosti , February 26, 2014, http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140226/187917901/Russia-Seeks-Several-M...

[iii] Stephen Blank, “ Russia’s Ever Friendlier Ties to Vietnam—Are They a Signal to China? Eurasia Daily Monitor , November 30, 2012

[iv] Chang, p. 27

[v] Stephen Blank, “ Russia’s Ever Friendlier Ties to Vietnam—Are They a Signal to China? Eurasia Daily Monitor , November 30, 2012

[vi] Hanoi, VOV News , in English , May 10, 2013, Open Source Center, Foreign Broadcast Information Service, Central Eurasia , (Henceforth FBIS SOV ,), May 10, 2013

[vii] Ibid.

[viii] Vladimir Mukhin, “Preferable Tariffs for Navy Ships: Vietnam and Cuba Are Helping Russian Navy Solve Defense Missions in the World’s Ocean,” Moscow, Nezavisimaya Gazeta , in Russian , August 7, 2013, FBIS SOV , August 7, 2013

 

[ix] Jon Gravatt, “Russia to Help Vietnam Build Naval Submarines,” Jane’s Defense Weekly , March 29, 2010, http://www4.janes.com

[x] FBIS SOV , August 7, 2013

 

[xi] Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh News Online , in English, August 23, 2013, FBIS SOV , August 23, 2013

[xii] Jon Gravatt, “Vietnam Signs Deal with Russia to Procure Additional Su-30MK2s,” Jane’s Defence Weekly , August 23, 2013,, http://www4.janes.com

[xiii] Moscow, Interfax, in English, August 29, 2013, FBIS SOV , August 29, 2013

[xiv] Hanoi, Vietnam News Agency , in English,, August 8, 2013, FBIS SOV , 2013

[xv] Jon Grevatt, “ Vietnam’s Unmanned Ambitions,” Jane’s Defence Weekly , August 6, 2013, ,, http://www4.janes.com

[xvi] Edward N. Luttwak, The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy , Cambridge Massachusetts and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012

[xvii] Vladimir Radyuhin, “Russia Renews Interest in Vietnam Base,” The Hindu , October 8, 2010

[xviii] Jeffrey Mankoff, “The Wary Chinese-Russian Partnership,” New York Times , July 11, 2013, www.nytimes.com