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Why Vietnam Cannot Copy the Philippines’ China Policy

Why Vietnam Cannot Copy the Philippines’ China Policy

By Khang Vu
The country's awkward geographic position with China militates against it adopting a strong pro-U.S. orientation.

Vietnam’s Climate Solutions Are Decimating the Mekong Delta

Vietnam’s Climate Solutions Are Decimating the Mekong Delta

By Quinn Goranson
Shrimp farming along the Mekong may be an economic win in the short term, but it is ultimately unsustainable.
After a Major Upgrade, the US Military Wants to Take Things Further With Vietnam

After a Major Upgrade, the US Military Wants to Take Things Further With Vietnam

By Christopher Woody
Despite mutual concerns about China, Hanoi’s wariness of its larger neighbor may limit what it’s willing to do with Washington.

Why Vietnam Agreed to Supply the Philippines with Rice For Five Years

Why Vietnam Agreed to Supply the Philippines with Rice For Five Years

By James Guild
The arrangement is an encouraging example of Southeast Asian solidarity and regional self-sufficiency.

Vietnam, Philippines Sign Agreements on Maritime Security Cooperation

Vietnam, Philippines Sign Agreements on Maritime Security Cooperation

By Sebastian Strangio
The agreements come at a time of intensifying tension in waters claimed by China and the Philippines.

Situating the Battle of the Paracel Islands in Modern Vietnam-China Relations

Situating the Battle of the Paracel Islands in Modern Vietnam-China Relations

By Khang Vu
Good relations with China have necessitated the downplaying of past conflicts by both countries.

Vietnam’s Paradox: Commemorating the Battle of the Paracels

Vietnam’s Paradox: Commemorating the Battle of the Paracels

By Christelle Nguyen
The clash is a milestone for Hanoi’s South China Sea claims – but marking its 50th anniversary requires discussing the government of South Vietnam. 
Is Vietnam Entering Uncharted Waters?

Is Vietnam Entering Uncharted Waters?

By Carl Thayer
The recent prolonged absence of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong raised the question of how the Communist Party might deal with a leader's incapacitation or death.

Indonesian President Discusses Maritime Tensions, Economy on Vietnam Trip

Indonesian President Discusses Maritime Tensions, Economy on Vietnam Trip

By Sebastian Strangio
President Joko Widodo's state visit came in the middle of a Southeast Asian tour that also involved stops in the Philippines and Brunei.

Why is Vietnam Worried About Cambodia’s Mekong Canal Project?

Why is Vietnam Worried About Cambodia’s Mekong Canal Project?

By Sothearak Sok
The proposed Funan Techo Canal is set to connect the country's coast to the Mekong River via a system of lock gates.

How Taiwan-ASEAN Semiconductor Cooperation Can Bolster Taipei’s National Security

How Taiwan-ASEAN Semiconductor Cooperation Can Bolster Taipei’s National Security

By Chin Hsueh
Three decades after the first iteration of the “Go South” policy, changing geoeconomic realities are making the idea more attractive than ever.
China, America, and Vietnam’s Diplomatic Blitz in 2023

China, America, and Vietnam’s Diplomatic Blitz in 2023

By Sebastian Strangio
The Diplomat interviews Khang Vu, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Boston College, about Vietnam’s diplomatic strategy amid great power competition.

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