Tag: Vietnam

The Breakdown of The Quad Demonstrates That Asia Wants Trading Partnerships And Not Military Ones

During a discussion in Singapore, US Admiral Phil Davidson admitted that the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue format (aka the Quad) may effectively be dead on arrival after the security partnership between India, Japan, Australia and the United States has failed to gain much traction among its members. The reality is that […]

Kim Jong-un And Donald Trump Have Displayed The Utmost Professionalism And Political Maturity

Watching the cordial yet serious – friendly yet professional interaction between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, one could be forgiven for neglecting to remember that less than two years ago, both leaders were hurling insults at each other whilst threatening nuclear war. That all changed last year when […]

Russia Regards The “Indo-Pacific Region” As An “Artificially Imposed” Pro-US Concept

Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov strongly spoke out against the US’ so-called “Indo-Pacific” concept that’s recently become very popular among Indian strategists, remarking that it’s ”artificially imposed” and conditioned on containing China.  From “Conspiracy Theory” To Strategic Fact Routinely dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by hyper-jingoist Indian commentators, none other […]

China Can Counter-intuitively Turn Vietnam’s Trump-Kim Summit Into a New Opportunity to Resolve Disputes With Hanoi

Among the most important revelations from Donald Trump’s State of The Union Address was his confirmation that he will hold a two-day peace summit with DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un in Vietnam on the 27th and 29th of February. For Kim Jong-un, this decision makes sense from the perspective that it […]

Donald Trump’s State of The Union: A Speech a Democrat Could Have Given 40 Years Ago

Donald Trump’s State of The Union has yet again hammered the point home that US President is a political moderate within the context of American party politics. For one, the commitment to fiscal prudence, monetary conservatism, low taxation, de-regulation, free markets and a generally pro-trade policy which has defined Trump’s […]

Donald Trump is Looking For a “Mission Accomplished” Moment in The Trade War – China Merely Seeks a Win-Win Conclusion

In normal circumstances, countries relax tariffs against one another during low key bilateral meetings which typically take place on the soil of one of the two nations whose tariffs are going to be mutually lowered. But for Donald Trump whose infamous trade war on China is more of an ideological […]