Regional strategic context improves Australia–Vietnam relations

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott shake hands during a joint press conference, 18 March 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Derek McDougall, University of Melbourne

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Australia in mid-March 2015 has highlighted how Australia–Vietnam relations relate to the broader strategic picture in the Asia Pacific. Read more…

The US and Vietnam go from mutual ‘menace’ to mates

US President Barack Obama and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attend their bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 13 November 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Hung Nguyen, George Mason University

US–Vietnam relations have come a long way. In 1982, in his report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Secretary-General Le Duan claimed that US–China collusion constituted ‘a factor constantly threatening world peace, and especially seriously menacing security and stability in Asia’. Read more…

Vietnam strikes out at labour disputes

Women work at a small size garment workshop on the outskirds of Hanoi on 2 May 2013. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Tu Phuong Nguyen, ANU

In January 2015, the Vietnamese government issued a decree on the implementation guidelines of the Vietnamese Labour Code. One of the sections of the decree deals with the resolution of workers’ strikes, which happen mostly in foreign enterprises. Though the numbers of strikes nationwide has declined, labour relations reform is still a government concern. The new decree stipulates a long bureaucratic process for strike settlement. Read more…

Power shifts in Vietnam’s political system

Nguyen Sinh Hung, chairman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Xuan Phuc deputy prime minister and Pham Quang Nghi, Communist Party chief for Hanoi, attend a ribbon cutting ceremony next to a statue of Vietnam's former emperor Quang Trung during a ceremony marking the 226th anniversary of a celebrated military victory against China, in Hanoi on 23 February 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Le Hong Hiep, ISEAS

In recent years the power of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) has increased dramatically. If this trend continues, it may bear important implications for Vietnam’s political outlook. Read more…

China’s nine-dash line still infringes international law

A Chinese government ship trails a Vietnamese Coast Guard vessel with reporters aboard in the South China Sea on July 15, 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Huy Duong, and Tuan Pham, UNSW

Suggestions that China could claim historic fishing rights within the nine-dash line misinterpret international law. While Sourabh Gupta’s arguments, outlined in a recent Forum article, relating to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Articles 62 and 123 have been disputed elsewhere, we argue that his argument regarding Article 56 is also incorrect. Read more…

Vietnam catches the Korean wave

Members of South Korean K-pop band Tara perform during a concert held at Hanoi's My Dinh stadium on 29 November 2012. Seventeen South Korean pop bands performed at the concert held to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between South Korea and Vietnam. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Pham Quang Minh, VNU, Hanoi

An endless line of water that starts from a shallow stream, grows into a big river, and then flows into the ocean. That’s how Vietnam’s former deputy prime minister, Vu Khoan, described the progress made by Vietnam and South Korea in 2012, as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations. Read more…

Vietnam needs to focus on productivity in its next wave of reforms

This picture taken on 22 January 2015 shows a farmer harvesting cabbage in a field in the suburbs of Hanoi. Vietnam's economy grew 5.98 percent in 2014, the highest for three years, despite a festering banking crisis and damaging anti-China riots, authorities said in December. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Vu Minh Khuong, NUS

Since the launch of bold economic reforms in 1986, Vietnam has transformed itself from an impoverished and isolated economy into one of the fastest-growing and most open economies in the world. But it should not be complacent. It must undertake decisive and bold productivity reforms to reignite transformational prosperity in the coming decades. Read more…