Not sure why you write "corrupt" -- the regime in Vietnam is corrupt not "corrupt".I put it in difference posts because this is clearly shown that you simply don't understand on Asians. You seems forgot that both Chinese and Vietnamese 'corrupt' governments are already raises their citizen living standards significantly.
Asian as the communities can put up with authoritarian and corrupt regime, if they keep continue raising the standard of living. You simply see on your western standard. If it is already strong discontent, then there will be already enough uprisings in Vietnam.
Getting some protests or 'online' discontent is normal situations. However when you as government fail to deliver on economics progress, then it is different thing. That's why Soeharto fall in 98, because he fail to deliver. His regimes fall like deck card because when you fail in economics promises, everyone bailed from you.
If they (Vietnamese) as you say already have strong discontent among population, then Vietnam already like Myanmar now or like Indonesia in 98 when Soeharto fell. This is that you will not understand, as simply you only see it from your western standard.
There's level of discontent within Asian societies. Something that if see it only on western thinking, you will not get that subtle differences. Vietnam level of discontent for Asian standard still manageable. Why do you think business keep investing in there? Do you think us as Asians markets can not read sign on troubles ?
Of course raising living standards is an important reason why the corrupt Vietnamese regime is still in power. Did I say anything to contradict that?
I was merely pointing out that whereas you claim that how the Vietnamese regime is handling the relationship with China is due to the "Asian culture", a large number of Vietnamese I have spoken to strongly disagrees with how the corrupt regime in Vietnam is handling the Chinese relationship. This is of interest to the discussion we were having because you claimed that the interaction is due to "Asian culture". However the Vietnamese that I talked to that disagreed with how things were done, are definitely part of the same "Asian culture" as the Vietnamese regime, and they had a different take on it.... That was all.