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Vietnam’s Quest for Influence and Its Implications for the Management of Border Disputes with Laos and Cambodia


  • Vu Le Thai Hoang


Through providing a historical overview of border disputes between Vietnam and neighbouring Laos and Cambodia in Indochina, the article aims to evaluate the success gained by Vietnam in its efforts to secure the western and southwestern land border and thus maintain a peaceful external environment for the domestic reform. Since the Cambodian endgame, Vietnam has sought to improve political relations with all neighbours (including China) and, on that basis, consistently applied fundamental principles of international law while adopting the region’s common practice in order to resolve border issues. In return, the Communist leadership in Laos and the Hun Sen regime in Cambodia have been eager to sustain the Cold War border treaty system with Vietnam in order to stabilize the border, address cross-border non-traditional security issues, and ensure Vietnam’s assistance for economic development and regime security. In addition, Vietnam’s border disputes with Cambodia prove harder to deal with because the latter s domestic power struggle has turned the issue into a political card played by opposition parties in their election campaigns.

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  • Vu Le Thai Hoang, 2007. "Vietnam’s Quest for Influence and Its Implications for the Management of Border Disputes with Laos and Cambodia," Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 26(2), pages 6-38.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:soaktu:v:15:y:2007:i:2:p:6-38

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