Borderlands

Vu Duc Liem

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Confrontation at the Cambodian-Vietnamese border in Svay Rieng’s Romduol district in 2015. Photograph: Heng Chivoan

In Vietnam today, while the economic and military rise of China causes public concern, all eyes are on the island dispute in the South China Sea. Few, however, detect a sleeper issue on the country’s southwest borderline, in the Vietnamese-Cambodian territorial dispute. Although the border issue has become material for Cambodian nationalist discourse and propaganda, it is largely unknown, neglected, or underestimated by the Vietnamese public.

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