Shadow of the Dragon examines the long historical cycle of tribute, domination, and independence that has shaped Si-Vietnamese bilateral relations. After generations of bloody struggle for independence, and a slow crawl toward prosperity, Vietnam has reached a crossroads. The Vietnamese can fall back into their historically predetermined fate of kowtowing to their large neighbor, China, or they can continue to stand alone, forging their own developmental path.
Dr. Henry Kenny outlines what role the United States can play in encouraging Vietnamese growth and prosperity, while protecting U.S. interests and easing the Chinese hegemonic tendency without humiliating Beijing. The analysis addresses potential tinderboxes in the Con Son Basin, the Paracel and Spratly Islands, and the Gulf of Tonkin.