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Philippines Seeking Bilateral Deals for Code of Conduct in South China Sea

The Philippines is pursuing bilateral agreements with Southeast Asian countries to minimize the risk of conflict in the South China Sea, as movement to form a regional code of conduct with China appears stalled. Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. made the ...

Chinese Overseas Investment: Which Countries Will Benefit Most?

Amid a slowing economy at home, more Chinese companies are now looking to invest abroad in search of higher returns. While there's been a lot of hope in recent years that some of that money would find its way to Africa ...

Vietnamese and Chinese Officials Talk Territorial, Border Issues

China said its vice foreign minister held direct and friendly talks with his Vietnamese counterpart in Hanoi that covered bilateral ties, land borders, and maritime issues. Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong and Vietnam's Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu agreed that ...

South China Sea Conference Wraps Up in Vietnam With High-Level Speakers From China and Other Countries

The two-day 15th Annual South China Sea International Conference concluded Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, hosting speakers from dozens of countries, including China. The event took place on the heels of multiple confrontations in the South China Sea between Chinese ...

Vietnam Sentences Trafficking Ringleaders That Sold Brides in China

A court in Vietnam sentenced six women to up to 30 years in jail for running a trafficking ring that sold women and girls to China as wives — a problem that has plagued Southeast Asia for years. China’s gender imbalance ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Foreign Minister to Lead UN Security Council Meeting on Gaza

Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting in New York on the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
China, the current UNSC president, called the meeting scheduled for November 29. It comes as the two sides are looking into extending the temporary ceasefire that started last week to allow for the return of further Israeli hostages and Palestinian detainees.

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Vietnam’s “Multi-Alignment” Strategy: Friend to All, Ally to None

Most developing countries around the world have stated repeatedly and emphatically that they do not want to be drawn into a new Cold War between the United States and China -- few, though, have moved with as much determination as Vietnam to ensure that never happens.

China Reacts to U.S.-Vietnam Arms Talks

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin commented on a report this weekend that the United States is in talks with Vietnam about a massive arms deal. Wang’s response was measured: Asian countries share a desire for stability, cooperation and development. We hope that when ...

Vietnamese EV-Brand VinFast Hopes Possible EU Sanctions Against Chinese Electric Cars Will Give It an Opening

Vietnamese electric vehicle company Vinfast plans to ship its first batch of 3,000 VF8 crossovers to Europe later this year and the upstart EV brand may even get an assist from European Union trade authorities. Earlier this month, the European Commission ...

Days After Meeting Biden, Vietnam PM Calls for Closer Ties With China

Vietnam's legendary skills in managing the burgeoning Great Power rivalry between the U.S. and China were on full display this weekend when, just days after hosting President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính headed across the border for talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang.

The Commercial Deals Cementing the U.S.-Vietnam Upgrade and China’s Response

A raft of deals announced during the weekend as part of the elevation of U.S.-Vietnam ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will take on Chinese influence in core areas, including technology and infrastructure. During his press conference in Hanoi, U.S. President ...
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