The fall of Kabul has drawn comparisons to America’s chaotic withdrawal from Saigon, raising concerns about the timing of Vice President Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWatchdogs asleep? Some rating agencies not barking amidst debt ceiling standoff Harris traveling to Singapore, Vietnam amid Afghanistan turmoil BIPOC lives really do matter in new census report MORE’s visit to Vietnam. Her trip is intended to reassure Southeast Asian countries that the U.S. sees the region as more than just real estate in its rivalry with China. That’s a difficult task in the best of times, and these aren’t those. There is something Harris can do to get the job done: give Vietnam “market economy” status. 

Vietnam is one of 11 countries the U.S. designates as a “non-market economy.” This means Washington doesn’t believe Vietnam’s economy works on “market principles of cost or pricing structures….” Rather, Washington says the…

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