DFA chief in Vietnam to discuss South China Sea issue

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario flew to Vietnam on Tuesday, to meet with Vietnam officials in Hanoi, a crucial step in the two countries’ partnership on maritime issues in the region amid the rising tensions in the disputed South China Sea. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Del Rosario would lead the Philippine delegation in the October 21ministerial meeting of the 8th Philippines-Viet Nam Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Hanoi, Vietnam. “The meeting is an opportunity to discuss developments in our…

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…

The China factor in India’s recent engagement with Vietnam

In 2019, South Korea imported 745,000 metric tonnes of palm oil, up from 194,000 metric tonnes in 2005. It is one of the fastest-growing markets for the commodity in the world, driven by government policies to boost palm oil as a lucrative green industry and to secure food and energy supplies from overseas. Most of this palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia and until recently was used in processed food, such as instant noodles. But under the country’s “Green New Deal” introduced earlier this year, palm oil is being…

Vietnam Gas Supply Crunch Hinges on Geopolitical Interference  | Rigzone

General Electric (GE) recently inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vietnamese electric utility Genco3, a subsidiary of EVN, Vietnam’s largest power company, to help develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant near Ho Chi Minh City. The deal calls for GE to install the gas turbine technology and other equipment, while the company will also take an equity stake in the project. GE is following in the footsteps of numerous other companies, including those from the U.S., Japan and South Korea, that are investing in Vietnam’s fledgling LNG…

U.S.-China Relations Haven’t Been This Toxic Since Vietnam

U.S.-China relations have been on a generally downward trajectory since it became apparent during the later Obama years that America’s longstanding policy of diplomatic and economic engagement had failed to bring China around to embrace democratic institutions or accept the rules-based international order led by the United States. On all fronts—diplomatic, military, and commercial—the relationship has been an exceptionally bumpy ride since Donald Trump assumed office. With the advent of COVID-19, international relations scholars and professional China watchers say, things have gone rapidly from bad to worse. Indeed, U.S.-China relations…

Japan Inc readies for face off with Beijing offshore Vietnam

A pair of oil and gas fields controlled by Japanese companies offshore Vietnam could become a potential flash point in the disputed waters of the South China Sea as Beijing continually seeks to aggressively assert its claims. Japan’s Idemitsu and Inpex, in partnership with Vietnam’s national oil company, PetroVietnam, operate the two fields, Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet. The fields, in Block 05-01, straddle China’s sweeping claim to most of the South China Sea via its U-shaped ‘nine-dash line’, which is not recognised by its neighbors or internationally by The…

China Cuts Pro-India Vietnam To Size As It Cements Ties With Cambodia, Laos Through BRI

Vietnam’s rise in the South East Asian region has been challenged by China’s growing influence as Beijing is strengthening ties with Cambodia and Laos through its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Hanoi can no longer count on Cambodia and Laos, especially in the matters of national security. Stealth Killer: US Navy Installs Advanced Radars On Its Poseidon Aircraft That Can Detect Stealthiest Of Submarines China has used its economic sway in these countries, leading to complications among neighbors to reach a consensus on territorial or maritime disputes. For instance,…

Why China and a Bloc of Nations Led by Vietnam Just Met but Ignored Asia’s Biggest Maritime Dispute | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China and leaders from 10 Southeast Asian countries who held annual summits this month sidestepped a sticky maritime sovereignty question to focus on trade and COVID-19, signaling a tough year ahead for the rival nations, experts believe.   Apart from polite acknowledgements of the dispute, which engulfs about 90% of the South China Sea including prime fisheries and energy-exploration tracts, Beijing and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) barely touched on the issue at the 37th ASEAN Summit November 12-15.  More robust discussions focused on China’s international COVID-19 response…

Vietnam hands over ASEAN baton to Brunei

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) handed over the ASEAN chairpersonship hammer to Brunei’s Ambassador to Vietnam. Photo courtesy of the World and Vietnam Report. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc handed over the bloc’s chairpersonship hammer to Brunei Ambassador Pengiran Haji Sahari bin Pengiran Haji Salleh at the closing ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi. In an online speech, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah congratulated Vietnam for its successful ASEAN chairpersonship. He called on ASEAN to maintain the bloc’s unity and centrality in the coming time. Brunei will be…

Amid China Tensions, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam Pin Hopes on Biden | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Projected U.S. president-elect Joe Biden will energize Southeast Asian countries that spar with the more powerful China over the disputed South China Sea by siding with them without inviting armed conflict, analysts believe. These analysts are looking to the record of former U.S. president Barack Obama’s administration – in which Biden served as vice president – for clues to what Biden might do in the region. Obama pursued what his government described as a “pivot to Asia” from 2011 as the region became more vital to U.S. economic interests.…