When China is strong, democracy in Southeast Asia is dying

Just five years ago, many were optimistic that Southeast Asia was finally at a turning point on the path to democracy. At the time, the Myanmar military finally relaxed its decades-long power as Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for…
The US is tough with China, Vietnam is both happy and worried

From the day Joe Biden entered the White House, Washington has maintained a tough stance towards Beijing and has clearly shown an interest in strengthening the US role in the Indo-Pacific region. Vietnam is said to be very pleased with…
Coping with China’s “gray zone” tactics

China intensifies “gray–zone tactics” The recent event has caused many concerns when more than 200 Chinese marine militia ships were discovered near Ba Dau (Whitson Reef), a reef in the East Sea (South China Sea) that Vietnam also claims. The…
China’s encirclement of Whitson Reef poses new threat to Vietnam

The Philippines faces the threat of territorial encroachment from China Recently, the Philippines has criticized China’s “aggressive” actions after Beijing sent more than 200 ships to the South China Sea (Vietnam calls it the East Sea). Manila also asked Beijing…
US-China tensions and policy implications for Vietnam

The US-China dialogue ends in tense The first US-China dialogue since Biden took office ended in tension, mutual accusations by both sides and no joint statement has been made. Many people made different comments about China’s “diplomacy of warriors” with…