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Asian Neighbors Wary of China, Uncertain About Regional Security

Just half a year ago, China and Vietnam were wrangling over who owns what in the South China Sea while Vietnamese citizens like Nguyen Thanh Hai looked on with concern.  Observers floated the possibility that clashes could break out. Today, both sides have ratcheted down the rhetoric, promising to use a direct hotline to solve maritime disputes. Hai, a motorbike taxi driver, no longer fears that China will attack his far smaller country. “It’s peaceful now,” Hai, 49, said while...

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