Tag: Vietnam

Prosperity Loving Filipinos Must Carry The Flag of Duterte in One Hand And The Flag of Parliamentary Reform in The Other

In discussions about constitutional reform (aka charter change) in The Philippines, the term “transitional period” is at times referenced to denote a temporary hybrid system that would exist between the end of the current system and a fully fledged move to federal-parliamentary governance. And while structurally, the current crop of […]

Vietnam Has Exposed The Weakness of an Indian Foreign Policy Motivated by Negative Views of China

With the exception of Iran and Russia, most of India’s substantial bilateral partners are those that have been courted by New Delhi in an attempt to resurrect the Cold War mentality of opposing cooperation with China. While India’s Russian and Iranian partners have long forsook this zero-sum mentality, in BJP […]

Vietnam Has Buyer’s Remorse After Purchasing “Israeli” Anti-Air Missiles

Vietnam claims that “Israel’s” SPYDER surface-to-air missiles malfunction in tropical environments such as its own and importantly aren’t compatible with its majority-Russian-provided military wares, auguring quite negatively for the self-proclaimed “Jewish State’s” ambitions to expand its influence across the wider “Global South” by means of “military diplomacy” and possibly leading […]

ASEAN’s Gradualist Approach is Far Superior to APEC’s Untenable Grandiosity and Its “White Man’s Veto”

This month has seen the customary end-of-year ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) conference followed by the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) conference with the former being held in Singapore and the latter being held in Papua New Guinea. This year, while the ASEAN conference did not formally finalise the creation […]

The World Comes to Singapore For ASEAN Summit – Thus Demonstrating That ASEAN is World’s Most Dynamic Multilateral Body

This week welcomes the end of year ASEAN summit of world leaders and dignitaries held in Singapore. In addition to ASEAN heads of state, attendees at the November ASEAN meeting will include Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indian […]

China Welcomes a New Partnership With Japan, But Will Tokyo Seize This Golden Opportunity?

Japan’s historic relations with China are marked by negativity, but in spite of this, in the modern era China seeks to turn a new page on Sino-Japanese relations and engage in a co-equal economic partnership within the framework of Belt and Road centred cooperative measures. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua […]

From Vietnam to Afghanistan: A History of America’s Shifting Goals in Similar Confrontations

America’s War in Vietnam remains a signpost signifying a moment when America’s own exceptionalist myth of invincibility began to falter in open sight. The watershed moment of the last helicopter leaving Saigon in 1975 became emblematic of a lumbering, highly equipped by deeply demoralised American armed forces that ultimately could […]

The Only Racism at The Kanye West-Donald Trump Meeting Was That Which Was Heaped on Chinese and Vietnamese

American social media is currently up in arms after CNN aired a political debate in which Tara Setmeyer was interviewed by Don Lemon. During her portion of the debate she called rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West, “the token negro of the Trump administration”. Bakari Sellers, another interviewee on Lemon’s show then […]

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang to Visit Vietnam and The Philippines to Discuss South China Sea Cooperation

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will spend the weekend travelling to Vietnam and then The Philippines where the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea agreed upon at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Summit held in Singapore in August of this year will be widely discussed. The agreement […]