South China Sea
Vietnam: Integral to ASEAN and Reliable for Indo-Pacific

Introduction Vietnam will chair the 36th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in June this year. The summit which was initially scheduled in April has been shifted to June due to the Covid-19 outbreak. For Vietnam, this...

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, April 27, 2020

Economic IMF, WTO Urge Caution on Export Restrictions The International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization warned on April 24 that export restrictions on medical supplies and food "can be dangerously counterproductive" as countries...

Coronavirus: China’s New Diplomacy

As on 15April 2020, the total number of coronavirus cases are 1,986,936, with 125,953 deaths worldwide. The origin of the virus remains unknown. It is widely believed that virus jumped species and is traced to the “wet market” in Wuhan. It is...

Developments in the Indo-Pacific in 2019

The Indo-Pacific as a geo-political idea has been in the currency since the last couple of years. In the year 2019 the idea seems to have gained more acceptance. In some measures, the stakeholders are working towards giving shape to this idea. Some...

Interaction with the Visiting Chinese Delegation led by Amb Yang Yanyi

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) hosted a Chinese delegation led by Amb. Yang Yanyi, (Former Head of the Chinese Mission to the European Union). She was accompanied by Mr Zhu Feng, Executive Director of China Center for Collaborative...

Forecast on Developments in the South China Sea in 2019

Looking into 2019, the South China Sea is like a lit fuse which can lead to conflagration without warning. The rhetoric between China and the US is becoming so incandescent that avoidance of a violent naval clash has become a main subject of...

Decoding China’s Stance on South China Sea

China has been looking into formalizing of a Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea (SCS) and seeks a possible long lasting solution to the maritime territorial dispute that persists with its other claimant countries. There have been...

Two Years of PCA Judgement on South China Sea: An Analytical Perspective

On January 22, 2013 the Philippines had instituted an arbitral proceeding against China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) under Annex VII of the United Nations Conventions on the Laws of the Seas (UNCLOS) as case number 2013-19. After over...

China-ASEAN Negotiations on Code of Conduct for the South China Sea

It has been reported in the media that China and the ten ASEAN countries have agreed on a single draft of a negotiating text for a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea (SCS). The formal announcement may be made soon. Negotiations on COC will...

Interaction with Delegation from Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) hosted a delegation from Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) from Hanoi on May 15, 2018. The delegation was led by Dr. Tran Viet Thai, Director General, Department of Policy Planning, Vietnam Ministry...

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