The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Hanoi Thursday night, beginning a two-day official visit to Vietnam.
The last-minute stop in Vietnam is designed to consolidate recent strategic gains as both nations stare down a more assertive China.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s certainly understands the political importance of continuity, especially in Southeast Asia. Suga making a first stop in Hanoi, Vietnam and his second visit in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga’s recent trip to the Southeast Asian nations of Vietnam and Indonesia was his first overseas visit after taking over as Prime Minister from the previous incumbent, Shinzo Abe.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China’s expanding influence in the region.
Vietnam’s declaration to open up,in mid-June 2020 was hailed around the world as a model in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic.
The U.S. has said it will increase cooperation with Vietnam to address issues like global health security, unregulated fishing and wildlife trafficking.
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Even as the Vietnamese government has kept diplomatic channels with Beijing open, it has also sought to assert and advocate for its own sovereignty and rights by diversifying its diplomatic partnerships and strengthening its own capabilities.
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On August 21, Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau met with Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and briefed him regarding China’s increasing assertiveness and show of force in the South China Sea (SCS).
The recent note verbale to the U.N. by the U.K., France and Germany is an unprecedented criticism of China’s South China Sea actions.
Vietnam is willing to assist the United Kingdom in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press meeting in Hanoi on Thursday.
Whoever succeeds Abe Shinzo, the two nations have ample reasons to widen and deepen their cooperation across a host of domains.
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In recent years, Vietnam has often turned to India for support over China’s increasing activities within its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.
There is elevated hope in India, as in Washington DC, that Vietnam would actively help in trying to checkmate China. This might be an erroneous assessment if we study the China-Vietnam normalisation process.
China might see the pandemic as an opportunity to gain the upper hand in the South China Sea, but this could backfire in Vietnam, says an observer.
The South China Sea is where the rubber meets the road for U.S.-Vietnam security ties, and in this regard, Hanoi has gone as far as it is comfortable.
Australia has joined the United States in stating that China’s claims in the East Vietnam Sea do not comply with international law in a declaration likely to anger China and put more strain on their deteriorating relations.
Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has said Vietnam and China should work together to resolve issues instead of complicating and expanding disputes.
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The 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties is an occasion to reflect on the remarkable trajectory of relations to date, but also the work that lies ahead.