Delegates to the summit. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam affirmed its commitments to and unity with the Francophone community during the 17th Francophonie Summit that opened in Yerevan, Armenia on October 11. The Vietnamese delegation to the event was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. The two-day summit brings together nearly 3,500 delegates from 84 member countries and territories of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and its observers. Vietnam also reiterated its commitments to multilateralism as well as multilateral diplomacy, especially in its role as a key OIF member in the Asia-Pacific. The 17th Francophonie Summit takes place with the theme “Living together in solidarity, sharing humanist values, and respect for diversity: Sources of peace and prosperity in the Francophone space”. It is held in the context of recent global challenges – such as terrorism, disease, water resource and food … [Read more...] about Vietnam attends 17th Francophonie Summit in Armenia
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Harry Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest, told VnExpress that the international community should welcome Vietnam’s bid to win a non-permanent U.N. Security Council seat. "I would say Hanoi’s chances are over 50 percent, considering the nation’s strong approach to economic development while also working as a stabilizing force in global affairs, especially in the Indo-Pacific region," Kazianis said. He said Vietnam is seen as a strong candidate for the seat as it would be a counterweight to an aggressive China, who is on a quest to dominate waters in the region. Having Hanoi’s important diplomatic voice at the U.N. would help check negative Chinese impulses, he added. Regarding Asia-Pacific nations' decision to nominate Vietnam as the region's only candidate for the seat, James Borton, a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center's Southeast Asia program, said the country's importance in international security has risen … [Read more...] about Vietnam will help stabilize Indo-Pacific region: US experts
"The rise of India's economic and military power opens the possibility that the country could fill the void left by the U.S.,” Dr Sinderpal Singh of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore told a conference in Hanoi last week. But he expressed doubts about India's ability to meet the expectations of other countries that have the same objectives as he analyzed the strategic differences between India and the U.S. at the “India’s rise and its impact on regional security architecture” conference. First of all, while the U.S. looks at East Asia and the Indian and Pacific Oceans as major pillars in its strategy, India has a bigger view, asserting that those pillars must include the Indian Ocean and Africa. This has led to differences between the two, Singh said. For instance, India believes that Iran plays a key role in ensuring security in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but the U.S. does not agree with that. … [Read more...] about India unlikely to impact balance of power in Asia: Hanoi conference
Wary of China's rise, Pompeo announces U.S. initiatives in emerging AsiaThe Saigon Times Daily U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press conference at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the State Department in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced US$113 million in new technology, energy and infrastructure initiatives in emerging Asia on Monday, at a time when China is pouring billions of dollars in investments into the region. In a policy speech delivered amid increased U.S. trade frictions with China and other Asian countries, Pompeo sought to define the economic aspect of President Donald Trump’s “Indo-Pacific” strategy, which aims to cast the United States as a trustworthy partner in the region. Pompeo said Washington wants a “free and open” Asia not dominated by any one country, an apparent reference to China’s growing economic clout … [Read more...] about Wary of China’s rise, Pompeo announces U.S. initiatives in emerging Asia
Emerging Asia, which covers India, China, and Southeast Asia, will be revelling in an economic growth rate of 6.3 percent annually from 2018 to 2022, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But there’s a hitch: Asia is also waist-deep in alarming projections of deaths, damages to livelihoods and properties, and worsening inequality because of disasters and climate change. Asia’s robust economic growth is not underwritten. The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s largest scientific body formed to study climate change, found that “People living in low-lying coastal zones and floodplains are probably most at risk from climate change impacts in Asia. Half of Asia’s urban population lives in these areas. Compounding the risk for coastal communities, Asia has more than 90 percent of the global population exposed to tropical cyclones.” Poverty and inequality in … [Read more...] about Asia: Rising economic star or poster child for disaster?