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  1. Talking points

    Posted Jul 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the sincerity to resume a proper dialogue. Vietnamese PM in line for second term Vietnam's National Assembly is expected to confirm Nguyen Tan Dung for a second term as prime minister. ... off a leadership challenge. Yesterday, Vietnam's newly elected President Truong Tan Sang said Dung was the sole candidate for the position of premier. BP, still stinging from Gulf spill, ...

  2. US seeks to build a tacit alliance against China

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... super-power status. While Russia's and India's concerns are mainly long-term, those of certain Asean countries (Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam) are immediate as they have been ... the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a regional organisation has proven incapable of defending their interests. It refused to offer any tangible support to Vietnam and the Philippines or even ...

  3. Unity will toughen Asean to withstand Sino-US rivalry

    Posted Apr 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... been slower. Indonesia has been adroit in also managing relations with China to ensure continuing parity. Policies in Vietnam seem less balanced. While some issues still linger from the war, security co-operation with the US is growing. This comes amid escalating concerns about the South China Sea, over which Vietnam has in the past clashed with China and lost lives. Hanoi seems intent ...

  4. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Trip aims at soothing concerns

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... was Indonesia, followed by Malaysia and Brunei, but he left out the Philippines and Vietnam, the two Southeast Asian nations most critical of Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, triggering ... for the Asean members to co-ordinate among themselves and decide whether to give up the Philippines and Vietnam for China," he said. Asean members have been in discord in recent months over ...

  5. Asean left on a knife-edge

    Posted Jul 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... in April 1975 to launch a genocidal experiment in extreme Maoism, Hun Sen fled its purges two years later by crossing into Vietnam. Hanoi trained him and installed him in Cambodia's government ... While the state press attacks hone in on Vietnam and the Philippines, various accounts of the closed-door talks among foreign ministers suggest strong, if less specific, concerns about the need ...

  6. Desperate struggle to forge sea code

    Posted Aug 10th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... insiders take to mean Vietnam and the Philippines, the most assertive of China's rivals in the South China Sea. While being open to talks over the code, he said that 'China believes ... to be in vain. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea through its controversial 'nine-dash line', dating from maps of 1947. Vietnam and China claim the Paracel islands (called ...

  7. A diplomatic victory for China

    Posted Oct 31st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in its entirety by mainland China and Vietnam and, in part, by the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Taiwan's claims mirror those of the mainland. China and Vietnam also claim the Paracels ... build-up and Vietnam's desire to maintain the 20-odd island bases it holds. The US is particularly keen to keep a close watch on China's new submarine base on Hainan Island. Asserting its ...

  8. Closing ranks

    Posted Jun 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... India, Australia and the two largest and suddenly thrusting powers in Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Discreet communication and co-operation among the membership is rising, dominated ... Then there is Indonesia and Vietnam, tag-teaming over the push for action within Southeast Asia over the South China Sea. Consider, too, fresh security co-operation between South Korea and Australia- ...

  9. Deeper fears

    Posted Nov 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... but from newer friends, too, including Indonesia and Vietnam. The chance for smaller nations to rebalance between the two giants is at times irresistible, and they are constantly looking at issues ... by their absence. A flurry of diplomacy with Vietnam and the Philippines through much of this year remains, at best, a work in progress. Fundamental differences remain. 'When I hear all this talk of US ...

  10. Wen keen to mend fences with Asean

    Posted Oct 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... an agreement with Vietnam last week to seek a long-term resolution to disputes in the South China Sea after an increase in tensions brought on by India agreeing to explore for oil with Vietnam ...




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