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The Name and Territory of Vietnam Song Jeong Nam (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) The name and territory of Vietnam underwent much changes in truth in long period of history. Vietnam, China and France, utilizing geopolitical factors, has been major players that brought about changes. Vietnam, Bordering on China, has been subject to incessant infiltration and interference from China for political and economic reasons. As a result, its name and territory underwent much changes. During the period of absolute monarchy Vietnam has strived for territorial expansion to the South. As a result, Chiem Thanh disappeared in the map and fair part of Cambodian soil was admitted into Vietnam. This brought about serious dispute between Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. France was also responsible for the changes of name and territory of Vietnam. With France's advance major actors for the changes of Vietnam's name and territory changed from China and Vietnam to France. On this account Vietnam lost not only its name but also territories that its has merged from Laos and Cambodia. Furthermore, it ended Vietnam's prolonged territorial expansion policy to Laos and Cambodia. Therefore, both Cambodia and Laos was given opportunities for recovering their own territories with France's advance into the region. Both faces of Vietnam history is well reflected in the change of its name and territory. On the one hand it was realized as Vietnam's struggle for recovering its lost name and territory, but on the other it appeared as a form of encroaching on its neighbours.


The Name and Territory of Vietnam Song Jeong Nam (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) The name and territory of Vietnam underwent much changes in truth in long period of history. Vietnam, China and France, utilizing geopolitical factors, has been major players that brought about changes. Vietnam, Bordering on China, has been subject to incessant infiltration and interference from China for political and economic reasons. As a result, its name and territory underwent much changes. During the period of absolute monarchy Vietnam has strived for territorial expansion to the South. As a result, Chiem Thanh disappeared in the map and fair part of Cambodian soil was admitted into Vietnam. This brought about serious dispute between Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. France was also responsible for the changes of name and territory of Vietnam. With France's advance major actors for the changes of Vietnam's name and territory changed from China and Vietnam to France. On this account Vietnam lost not only its name but also territories that its has merged from Laos and Cambodia. Furthermore, it ended Vietnam's prolonged territorial expansion policy to Laos and Cambodia. Therefore, both Cambodia and Laos was given opportunities for recovering their own territories with France's advance into the region. Both faces of Vietnam history is well reflected in the change of its name and territory. On the one hand it was realized as Vietnam's struggle for recovering its lost name and territory, but on the other it appeared as a form of encroaching on its neighbours.