The East Sea has gotten “choppy” in recent days because of China’s bellicose behaviors. Their provocative acts have led to high tensions in the whole region. Chinese expansionism, which has existed for millennia, has once again reared its ugly head. VietNamNet conducted an interview on the matter with Dr. Nguyen Khac Thuan, former Head of the Asian Studies Research Institute, and now Dean of Vietnamese Studies & Tourism of Nguyen Tat Thanh University. There was no Chinese dynasty which did not evade Vietnam VNN: In the past, Vietnam many times was invaded by its “northern feudal neighbor”. China was always an aggressive giant. However, miraculously, Chinese troops have always suffered bitter defeats, despite their great strength. These have been recorded in history. What do you think was the Vietnamese strength which helped drive the Chinese out of Vietnamese territory? NKT: All Chinese dynasties, since the Qin Shi Huang reign, have nurtured hegemony. They sent their best generals and powerful armies to Vietnam, bringing food, weapons, and medicine, and mobilizing their best strategists to plot the conquest of our nation.