Mise en ligne d’un article intéressant de Dien Nguyen An Luong sur la gestion politique du sentiment anti-chinois au Viêt-Nam.
• In this era of blossoming social media, anti-China sentiments have morphed and manifested online, compelling Vietnamese authorities to keep close tabs on it.
• In a political system that prizes legitimacy and political stability above all else and that is on the verge of a leadership transition, the authorities have increasingly looked to social media to gauge anti-China sentiments and to calibrate their responses accordingly.
• Anti-China protests in 2018 were a bitter pill for the Vietnamese authorities to swallow, leaving significant imprints on how their tools for dealing with anti-China sentiments are designed.
• The fight against the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the Vietnamese authorities finding an unlikely venue for boosting their legitimacy, one that they previously sought to repress: anti-China sentiments.
• The authorities have been able to make the most of the combination of propaganda and anti-China sentiments to shape critical China-related coverage in the mainstream media.
• It is unlikely, however, that they have enough political and technological wherewithal to do the same online any time soon.
Image “à la une” : Manifestants à Ho Chi Minh-Ville en 2018 © Kao Nguyen/Agence France-Presse