January 10, 2022

Would the new Coast Guard Forum help speed up COC negotiations?

Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) and Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in December 2021 to further strengthen bilateral ‘maritime security and safety’ cooperation. The MoU is expected to “serve as a tool, corridor and mechanism […]
December 22, 2021

Common Concerns drive Vietnam Cambodia Relations

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage of high level ministers and officials are in Cambodia on a two-day State visit  at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni. The visit also marks 55th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations (1967-2022). […]
December 6, 2021

Stage is set for Minilateral Engagements between India, Japan and Vietnam

The contemporary discourse on International Relations endorses and encourages multilateralism. However, multilateralism, due to its large number of partners, is fast turning into a talk shop where everything and anything is discussed, and only a few issues achieve fruition. Furthermore, […]
November 26, 2021

Vietnam and Japan Commit to Partnership for Peace and Prosperity

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has returned home after a very productive meeting with his Japanese counterpart Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. It was his first visit to Japan and likewise, he was also the first foreign visitor that Kashida received […]
November 19, 2021

India and Vietnam should Explore Practical Maritime Cooperation through IPOI

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh is expected to visit India in the coming weeks. This will be his first visit after taking over as the Prime Minister; it will also be an opportunity to discuss with his counterpart Prime […]
November 10, 2021

Vietnamese Prime Minister Attends COP-26 and Meets Strategic Partners

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) was held in Glasgow in the United Kingdom. As many as 30,000 delegates from across the globe including over 100 national leaders arrived for the event and many countries […]
October 26, 2021

ASEAN must relentlessly pursue the Code of Conduct momentum set by Vietnam

The 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits scheduled later this month will take place in a turbulent time wherein two important issues will be high on the agenda of the grouping. First, the developments concerning Myanmar, a thorny […]
October 11, 2021

Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia Special Relations

Geographic contiguity built around the Mekong River plains, ancient socio-cultural connections, and collective modern history of colonial occupation by the French are significant triggers for Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao to converse beyond the ASEAN framework. In this context, it was […]
September 15, 2021

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy Requires Sophistication

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, and through the period of the development of vaccines, China has made numerous commitments to provide vaccine to developing countries across the globe. According to “China COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker”, as on […]
August 24, 2021

Vietnam is fast emerging as an important US Foreign Policy Destination

US’ commitment to Southeast Asia is firm and is best demonstrated by two back to back visits. Earlier this month Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines, and now Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Singapore […]
August 19, 2021

Mekong-US Partnership and Vietnam

The second Mekong-US Partnership (MUSP) Ministerial Meeting was held on August 3, 2021 in virtual format and was co-chaired by Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The ASEAN Secretary-General was also in attendance. There […]
August 4, 2021

Vietnam’s New Leadership and Diplomatic Priorities

Last week, during the first session of the 15th National Assembly in Hanoi, Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Pham Minh Chinh were officially sworn in as Vietnam’s President and Prime Minister respectively for a five-year term. President Phuc assured the legislators […]
July 24, 2021

US Navy is Building a Ghost Fleet

The US Navy is building a Ghost Fleet comprising unmanned surface combatants. In 2019, it announced that ten new unmanned corvette-sized ships measuring 200-300 feet length and displacing about 2,000 tons will be ordered over the next five years. These […]
June 23, 2021

US China sabre rattling in South China Sea continues unabated

Three recent military incidents in the South China Sea are indicators that China’s intentions to pursue coercive strategy has continued unabated. First, the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) startled the Malaysian Air Force (MAF) after 16 Chinese military aircraft including fighter […]
June 23, 2021

‘Group of Seven’ promotes alternate to Chinese Belt and Road Initiative

There is consensus among the Group of Seven or the G7 members- United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France and Japan – that time has come for forging a partnership for building a “values-driven, high-standard, and transparent” physical, digital, […]