International discourses on international relations and strategic issues over the last two decades have centred on the rise of China, its increasing assertiveness and its readiness to use force to …Read More
Amid a raging diplomatic debate about the future trajectory of the Indo-Pacific, India and Vietnam are set to intensify their cooperation in shaping a balanced, peaceful and prosperous region during …Read More
The Hanoi-Delhi bonding is set to shine anew as India’s President Ram Nath Kovind heads to Vietnam on a three-day visit that will deftly blend culture, business and deepening strategic …Read More
SINGAPORE: With the region’s spotlight on China’s alleged militarisation of islands in South China Sea, Vietnam’s Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich has vigorously pitched for resolution of maritime disputes …Read More
SINGAPORE: The China challenge loomed large at the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s annual security summit, with US Defence Secretary James Mattis accusing Beijing of militarisation of artificial islands in South …Read More
SINGAPORE: Batting vigorously for freedom of navigation and keeping the world’s maritime transit routes free and open amid widespread concerns about alleged militarisation of islands in South China Sea by …Read More
Amid the continuing volatility around South China Sea and China’s growing clout, India and Vietnam have decided to deepen their coordination in the Indo-Pacific region and bolster their defence ties to shape an inclusive regional architecture.
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang’s March 2-4 visit to India and his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expanded the scope of comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Vietnam, and underscored the pivotal role of India-Vietnam relations in the mutating regional landscape. Two visits by Vietnam’s prime minister and president to India within weeks of each other have cemented Hanoi’s role as a pivot in New Delhi’s Act East policy.
With defence cooperation becoming a key pillar of their partnership, India and Vietnam have decided to engage more effectively in maritime cooperation against the backdrop of growing Chinese assertion in the South China Sea. In a bilateral meeting on January 24, ahead of the India ASEAN Commemorative Summit, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed ways to strengthen and expand their defence ties, with a special focus on the disputed waters of the South China Sea where China continue to construct artificial islands claiming historical rights.Read More
The Special Commemorative Summit is poised to open a new chapter in the history of India-ASEAN relations. With India and ASEAN emerging as the fastest growing region in the world, there are enormous possibilities for expanding and diversifying this mutually energising relationship across the spectrum.
In this interview with Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief, India and World, Vietnam’s Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh argues that given India’s close historical and cultural connections and its growing economy, India should play a bigger role in the extended Indo-Pacific region. To fructify this huge potential, enhancing connectivity will be a potential game-changer in taking India-ASEAN strategic partnership to new heights.
Amid the churn in the South China Sea, the Vietnamese envoy also pitches for a real and abiding enforceable code of conduct and argues that the sea of Southeast Asia is an open sea of all countries, including India.
India’s Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is on a five-day visit to Vietnam to step up defence and security cooperation with the South Asian nation which has emerged as a pivot of India’s Act East policy.
Given the fast changing geo-strategic dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, marked by China’s increased assertiveness in the region, the Navy Chief’s visit is being watched closely in Beijing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landmark visit to Hanoi in September 2016 was transformational and placed the expanding India-Vietnam ties on a new footing. During his visit, the Indian leader pledged $500 million in Lines of Credit for a host of development and defence-related projects in the Southeast Asian nation.