2020 accomplishments prime Vietnam for 2021 foreign affairs challenges

Without doubt, 2020 was a year that posed unprecedented challenges worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic foremost among them. There were various other unresolved issues including an anti-globalization and free trade trend, increasing protectionism and an undermining of multilateralism. For Vietnam, in addition to the global challenges, 2020 was a year when it had to shoulder two major international responsibilities – chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 term. The fact that a pandemic was raging…