Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a… Read More › sci tech news

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Why Vietnam highly values its relations with Singapore

In September 2011, Truong Tan Sang made Singapore and Malaysia the destinations of his maiden overseas trip as Vietnam’s Head of State. Five years later, incumbent president Tran Dai Quang followed suit by choosing to visit two fellow ASEAN members, Brunei… Read More › sci tech news

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Why some countries are concerned over Chinese investment

Was it China-phobia that recently forced Britain and Australia to postpone or cancel Chinese investment in their sensitive sectors? The two countries seem to be genuinely concerned about national security issues linked to these investments while China dismisses their fears… Read More › sci tech news

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Vietnam rejects rocket launcher report, says it believes in peaceful self-defense

Vietnam says the recent Reuters report on its alleged deployment of rocket launchers to its bases in the Spratly islands is inaccurate. Even if it had done so, such an act only reflects Vietnam’s peace and self-defense policy. It does not want to… Read More ›
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China appears to be more aggressive after the South China Sea ruling

A series of recent statements and moves from China shows it has become more antagonistic after the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) July 12 ruling that invalidated many of the rising superpower’s claims and actions in the South China Sea…. Read More ›
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Is Britain’s Theresa May reversing David Cameron’s China policy?

Prime Minister Therese May’s decision to delay final approval for a new nuclear power station partly funded by China at Hinkley Point may be an indication that she will soon be dismantling many of  Cameron government’s policy plans. Hinkley Point being China’s… Read More ›
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Will China’s realpolitik prevail in sea row?

As ASEAN meetings kick off in Vientiane from July 23, Beijing may pressure the host Laos and its other ally Cambodia to prevent any strong statements on the South China Sea disputes and the landmark ruling by the Hague tribunal. Such pressure… Read More ›
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Tribunal ruling: Victory for Philippines, other South China Sea claimants

The Permanent Court of Arbitration’s unanimous ruling on South China Sea proves that nations that cannot compete with China militarily can turn to international law and arbitration to challenge Beijing on equal terms and achieve better outcomes. It proves law triumphs over force… Read More ›
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May, Leadsom frontrunners in Tory race to succeed Cameron as PM

Today (July 5), the first ballot to elect the successor of David Cameron, who resigned as Conservative Party leader and Britain’s prime minister in the wake of June 23’s Brexit vote, is being held. The Conservative Party’s 330 members of… Read More ›
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