Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer from the Australian Defence Force Academy spoke with VET about Vietnam's foreign relations in 2016 and the outlook for 2017. ■ Looking back on 2016, what were the major changes in Vietnam’s political and diplomatic affairs? The most positive domestic development for Vietnam in 2016 was the smooth leadership transition in the Party and the State ushered in by National Party Congress XII in January. Vietnam was politically stable during 2016. Secondly, its economy continued to grow at over 6 per cent and the country maintained macro-economic stability. Vietnam’s diversification and multilateralization of external relations was conducted with great success, especially with major powers and neighbors. Vietnam’s new State President Tran Dai Quang made trips to Brunei, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Cuba, and Italy. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, meanwhile, visited China and Russia. Vietnam also received visits by the Presidents of … [Read more...] about Vietnam in good stead regionally and internationally: Carl Thayer
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VietNamNet Bridge – The year 2015 is featured with a string of historic visits to foreign countries by Vietnamese high-ranking leaders, which help elevate the country's bilateral relations with partners and consistently reaffirm her foreign policy. VN, China pledge to fully realize common perceptions A ceremonial welcome for Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his entourage took place at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 7, hosted by Chinese Party General Secretary and State President Xi Jinping. The two sides agreed to intensify directions to fully realize previous commitments and common perceptions; boost all-level exchanges and cooperation; continue effectively cooperative mechanisms between the two Parties and increase experience sharing in Party building, anti-corruption, political and ideological education, socio-economic development and the building of the State of the rule of law. Regarding sea issues, the two sides underscored the … [Read more...] about Prominent bilateral diplomatic activities in 2015
NATO allies agreed on Saturday to help fund Afghan security forces to the tune of around $1 billion annually over the next three years, despite public fatigue in Western countries about their involvement in the long-running conflict. Fifteen years since the United States invaded to topple the Taliban rulers who had harbored al Qaeda militants behind attacks on the United States, the West remains entangled in a costly effort to stabilize a country facing resurgent rebels. U.S. President Barack Obama said completely withdrawing from Afghanistan risked seeing the country collapse and then having to send American troops back in again to deal with a new threat. "We have an option of ... pulling out and potentially then seeing a country crumble under the strains of continued terrorist activity or insurgencies," Obama told a news conference at the end of a NATO summit in Warsaw. He defended his decision, along with other NATO allies, to reverse plans to sharply reduce troops levels, saying … [Read more...] about Despite fatigue, NATO commits to fund Afghan forces to 2020
President Xi Jinping’s grand plan to make China the center of the world again by reviving the ancient Silk Road trading route faces obstacles at its first stop. In Kazakhstan, through which Xi envisages pipelines, roads and railways revitalizing an economic belt that stretches half way around the world to Venice, China has struggled to gain a significant foothold. It’s failed in efforts to realize a free trade agreement mooted 22 years ago and, in 2009, the Kazakh president was forced to deny a plan to lease farmland to China after angry protests from a public wary of their neighbor’s growing power. What’s more, Xi’s vision for a bloc that involves at least 60 countries has left government advisers from Almaty to Delhi largely in the dark about the details. While Kazakhstan’s leaders have voiced support, enticed by billions of dollars in infrastructure funding, analysts in the country say the strategy involves greater Chinese influence that may be a … [Read more...] about Xi risks Silk Road backlash to reclaim China as center of world
For the first time in many years, Vietnam has completed and surpassed all 13 targets set for the whole year. The GDP growth rate reached 6.81%, exceeding the set target which is also a high growth rate compared to other countries in the region and in the world. The Vietnam’s statistical indicators for sustainable development in 2017 have also increased by 20 places to 68th out of 157 countries and territories across the world. This is a great success to Vietnam, particularly in the context that the economic growth model has gradually transferred from the exploitation of natural resources to manufacturing and processing industry, hi-tech agriculture, tourism and services. In addition, the culture –society sector continues to see progress while the defence and security remain stable. 2017 is also considered as one of the most successful years in improving the efficiency of external relations as Vietnam has actively continued integrated into the world and deepening … [Read more...] about New year, new belief, new spirit, new motivation!