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This view was shared by most scholars at the third seminar on US-Japan relations and Southeast Asia Dialogue held at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore on June 12-13. The event was attended by scholars from key research institutes of the US, Japan and some Southeast Asian countries. The main purpose of the seminar was to review and give a comprehensive evaluation of new security developments in the region, including the East Sea issue, thereby making policy recommendations to leaders of the countries concerned, in order to ensure a better environment of security, peace and stability in the region. Vietnamese delegates attending the seminar were led by PhD Hoang Anh Tuan, Director of the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies. At the meeting, most scholars agreed that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a powerful entity in all angles, playing a major role and having a great impact in Southeast Asia, East Asia, as well as in the world. For the US, since President Barack Obama took office, ASEAN become a key strategic priority and is an important pillar in the strategy to rebalance towards the Asia-Pacific region. For Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considers Southeast Asia a strategic priority in terms of economics, diplomacy and national security. In particular, Abe’s visit to 10 ASEAN countries in the first year in power is unprecedented. However, many scholars expressed concern about new security developments in Southeast Asia, especially China’s attitude and aggressive actions in dealing with territorial…... [read more]

Attendees included Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences Head Prof. Lu Yusheng and former deputy head Pro. Huang Zheng and Vietnamese Consulate General representatives in Nanning along with many scholars, experts and reporters. In his statement, Prof. Lu Yusheng reviewed the historical relationship between Vietnam and China during the anti-French colonialism war resistance, noting that in the Dien Bien Phu campaign and during the anti-French colonialism war resistance, Vietnam and China cultivated their close-knit friendship and stood side by side for the struggle for justice. “This is an important part in the history of the development of bilateral relations that today's younger generation needs to preserve and bring into full play.” he said. Phan Huy Minh, in turn, said the Vietnamese Party, State and people are always grateful for China’s valuable assistance and expressed conviction that the friendship between the two peoples will be inheriting and promoting in the future. Prof. Huang Zheng said during the war against France, China assisted Vietnam with international spirit. In that spirit, the Chinese advisory delegation along with leaders of the Vietnam People's Army led by General Vo Nguyen Giap established a relationship of mutual respect and mutual trust. Ass. Professor Nong Lifu, Southeast Asian Studies Institute Deputy Director confirmed that the resounding victory of the Dien Bien Phu campaign represented a historical landmark in strengthening the Vietnam-China friendship. This event helped enrich the experience of the international communist movements and was seen as a lesson that nations and peoples oppressed by imperialism in the…... [read more]

The US embassy’s press release cited Charge d’ Affaires Jonathan Aloisi to Vietnam as saying that “the US values its close and expanding relationship with Vietnam and looks forward to continued cooperation to advance our common goals and interests.” Vietnam’s participation in the key, decision-making UN forum will offer greater opportunities for consultation and collaboration between the US and Vietnam, the press release added. The UK Ambassador to Hanoi, Robert Gordon, said membership of the Security Council represents an important further milestone in Vietnam’s growing international integration, and it will represent new challenges. “The UK stands ready to support Vietnam in meeting those challenges,” he stressed.The UN General Assembly on October 16 elected Vietnam as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council with 183 out of 190 votes. Meanwhile, worldwide media have covered Vietnam’s selection as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2008-2009 term, shortly after the event. China’s Xinhua news agency cited Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung as confirming, "Vietnam will actively cooperate with other UN Security Council members to develop appropriate policies for the sake of the legitimate interests of all UN member countries.” The AFP said the “new role will elevate Vietnam’s international prestige”, but it will come along with heavy responsibilities. Large newspapers in Germany and Belgium such as the “Daily mirror”, the “German wave”, the “Southern Germany” and the “Daily bulletin”, the “Media”, the DPA news agency and the N-TV television station remarked that for the first time…... [read more]

The announcement was made by event organizers at a press conference in Hanoi on March 5. Secretary of the Binh Dinh Provincial Party Committee Vu Hoang Ha, Romanian Ambassador Dumitri Olaru, Most Venerable Thich Giac Toan and Marital Art instructor Ho Hoa Hue will also be among the cup winners. This year, the Gold Cup will be presented to 95 units and individuals who have gained outstanding achievements in the field of economics, social affairs and science. The winners have actively participated in charity activities, helped build houses for the poor and taken care of orphans and Agent Orange victims. Another Gold Cup will be granted to 85 executives who have excelled in management, put forward many initiatives and played an important role in production and business activities as well as scientific research. According to the organising board, these enterprises earned total revenues of VND50,000 billion and contributed VND6,000 billion to the State budget. The event will be co-hosted by the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA), Radio the Voice of Vietnam, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Vietnam Cilivisation Magazine and other agencies. The awards ceremony will be he held at the Hanoi Friendship Cultural Palace and be broadcast live on VTV1.... [read more]

During the trip, Quan and Singaporean Foreign Minister George Yeo held talks and witnessed the signing of an agreement on a research programme for middle and high-ranking CPV officials in Singapore for the 2011-2013 period. Quan also met with Deputy Prime Minister cum Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Deputy Secretary General of the People’s Action Party (PAP), and other PAP leaders. He briefed the Singaporean officials on Vietnam’s recent situation, its socio-economic achievements in 2010 and preparations for the 11th CPV National Congress. The two sides discussed practical measures to step up the multifaceted cooperation between the two parties and nations, including relations between the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations and the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern. The Singaporean leaders congratulated Vietnam on its successful hosting of the 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits, adding that Vietnam has competently assumed the bloc’s chairmanship and put forth specific directions for the development of ASEAN, contributing to the enhancement of solidarity among ASEAN members and ensuring peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world. While in Singapore, the CPV delegation visited several research and training institutions, including the Institute of Public Administration and Management, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.... [read more]

Professor Hoang Van Viet made the statement at a seminar on education, research and translation cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia, which was jointly held by HCM City University of Science and Humanities and HCM City Research and Translation Association, on January 14. The event attracted scientists from the universities in the city. After ten years of educational cooperation, there are 111 Masters of Art (MA) graduates and 60 current students at the Faculty of Indonesian Studies at HCM City University of Science and Humanities and the University of Hong Bang. Centres for Southeast Asian studies were established at several universities in the city. Dr.Phan Thi Hong Xuan from HCM City Open University said Vietnam, and other countries in the region, considers Indonesia an important partner in many fields, and universities in particular have promoted research on Indonesia’s culture. Bambang Tarsanto, Indonesian Consul General in HCM City stressed that scientists in both countries should further cooperate in human resource and information exchanges, as well as culture and language research. Headmaster of HCM City University of Science and Humanities, Professor Vo Van Sen, said his university will continue to develop Indonesian studies, and strengthen the future research and seminar activities with Indonesian partners.... [read more]

Japanese scholars stressed their country’s role in helping ASEAN’s new members narrow the development gap with other members and integrate into the region. In addition to direct investment, Japan has been providing large amounts of official development assistance (ODA) to these countries to help them improve their infrastructure, reduce poverty, develop human resources and reform legal institutions. For their part, Vietnamese scholars said the EWEC countries, including Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, boast great potential in a wide range of fields, thus the region is a good destination for investors. The seminar, co-organised by the Southeast Asia Research Institute, Tokyo University and the Da Nang-based Asia-Pacific Economic Centre, also reviewed the process of bilateral and multi-faceted cooperation between ASEAN and East Asia countries. Meanwhile, a delegation from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and the University of Tokyo is visiting the central province of Quang Tri to study the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC). The EWEC is the first and shortest inland route connecting the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The Japanese delegation was received by vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Huu Thang. Thang introduced the delegation to the EWEC’s construction process, and its important role in the economic development and cultural exchange between Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar located in the corridor. The 1,450 km long route has shown its merits in promoting the economic and cultural exchange between the four countries as well as with China and other Southeast Asian countries, Thang said. On January 7, the…... [read more]

The event is part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations. Since Vietnam and Singapore established diplomatic ties in 1973, they have seen their friendship growing in tandem with trade and investment cooperation. Singapore is now Vietnam’s second biggest foreign investor while Vietnam is a major destination for Singaporean firms. Dr. Aekapol Chongvilaivan- a Regional Economic Studies Programme fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) says Vietnam is still hitting snags in its development process such as a lack of highly qualified human resources and financial resources. On future Vietnam-Singapore economic prospects, Dr. Chongvilaivan says the Singaporean and Vietnamese Prime Ministers consider the strategic partnership agreement as a springboard for both nations to strengthen links in politics, economics, education- training, investment and many other areas. The two governments are focused on enhancing economic and political relations. Vietnam’s entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a turning point in its international integration into the global economy which has a strong impact on its foreign investment and trade cooperation. Vietnam’s involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will benefit both Vietnam and Singapore, he notes. “Also as a TPP member, Vietnam is required to be more practical than other ASEAN countries. We hope that Vietnam will accelerate negotiations on intellectual property, investment and service protection and other areas beneficial to both nations and ASEAN as well.” Dr Chongvilaivan says.... [read more]

Money pouring into the Southeast Asian economy from the likes of manufacturers Samsung Electronics Co. and Intel Corp. is giving Vietnam a second run at becoming Asia’s next tiger economy. The country’s “Doi Moi” market opening in the 1980s ushered in spurts of growth in excess of 7 % that waned in recent years after a pile-up of bad debt at state-owned enterprises. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the country has the potential to become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies over the period to 2050. Not only is the Southeast Asian nation gaining ground as a cheaper manufacturing alternative to neighboring China, Vietnam is also a politically palatable destination for Japanese firms boosting investment in the region amid recurring Sino-Japan spats. “It is quite possible that Vietnam could become the fastest-growing economy in Asia,” said Vikram Nehru, a senior associate in the Asia Program and Bakrie Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. “It has all the ingredients for rapid growth if it can address the challenges in the state sector.” Growing Clout Signs of Vietnam’s growing clout are gathering: In 2014 the country overtook regional counterparts to become the biggest exporter to the US from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, muscling ahead of its more established manufacturing rivals of Thailand and Malaysia. Disbursed foreign investment in Vietnam has soared in the past 14 years to reach US$12.35 billion in 2014, up 7.4 % from 2013 and compared with US$2.4…... [read more]

Tan Chin Tiong, the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), said Vietnam has made many important achievements over the past 30 years but is also facing challenges that are how to maintain the results for future growth. Economists discussed the development of private businesses in Vietnam and the changes of state-owned enterprises. They agreed that Vietnam needs to boost the growth of the private sector and the reform of the state sector to turn it into a pivotal factor to the national economy toward sustainable development.... [read more]

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