INDOCHINA: The Two Hands Of Hanoi

For Viet Nam, friends and enemies are not what they were

Do not fear when your enemies criticize you. Beware when they applaud.

The ancient Vietnamese proverb, quoted by Deputy Foreign Minister Vo Dong Giang last week during a visit to Bangkok, had an odd ring. Viet Nam was courting its former enemies and criticizing its former comrades.

In past months, Giang and his diplomatic colleagues have undertaken a sophisticated policy that could be called "the two hands of Hanoi." On the one hand, they have waged war; on the other, they have mounted an...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!