DVIDS – News – Conference on Naval War in Vietnam Includes American, Vietnamese Perspectives

The U.S. Naval War College gathered military scholars and historians from the American and Vietnamese perspectives for a Feb. 6-7 conference examining the role of naval power in the Vietnam conflict. The conference looked at the Vietnam War as an example of a “limited war” in the shadow of the Cold War – a topic of renewed interest in today’s climate of escalating great-power competition. “During times of peace, that’s when we have the space to reflect and solidify the wartime lessons,” said Rear Adm. Shoshana S. Chatfield, Naval…

Vietnam turns away two cruise ships over coronavirus fears

HANOI: Vietnam has denied permission to dock for two cruise ships amid fears of Covid-19 (coronavirus) infections on board, according to state media, ship tracking websites and messages posted to social media by passengers. Because of the virus, many cruises in South-East Asia are being cancelled while others currently sailing are being re-routed, skipping originally scheduled stops in China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Authorities in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO world heritage site Ha Long Bay, decided on Tuesday not to allow passengers of the German-owned AIDAvita…

Vietnam turns away two cruise ships over Covid-19 fears | New Straits Times

HANOI: Vietnam has denied two cruise ships permission to dock due to fears of Covid-19 coronavirus infections on board, Vietnamese state media and a cruise operator reported on Friday. One of the ships is now heading towards Thailand, where it will be allowed to dock, a Thai official said. Authorities in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province – home to the Unesco world heritage site Ha Long Bay – barred passengers on the German-owned AIDAvita cruise ship to disembark on Thursday, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said. “The vessel has docked in…

Vietnam To Counter China With Asean Backing On Mekong River Region

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, left, hands over the gavel for ASEAN chairmanship to … [+] Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during the closing ceremony of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images Vietnam took over the rotational chair of Asean, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in January 2020, so it’ worth noting that Hanoi’s second foremost foreign policy priority after the South China Sea is reportedly the Mekong River region. While the South…

Asia Times | Vietnam poised to be post-Brexit Britain’s Asia ally

Now that Britain has finally left the European Union, after years of rumination and wrangling, it’s time to see what the Conservative government means by a new “global Britain.” Perhaps a clue was the UK’s opening of a new mission to the ASEAN bloc in Jakarta on January 15, following the appointment of a dedicated UK ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in October. As Prime Minister Boris Johnson promises to lead the biggest review of British foreign policy since the end of the Cold War, we will almost certainly…

Vietnam Red Flags China with Travel and Visa Bans

The Wuhan coronavirus, which has infected 20,000 people and killed more than 425 since it was first identified in Wuhan, China, has stoked a tsunami wave of anti- China sentiment, especially in neighboring Vietnam. The deepening fears in the region needed no new fuse to reignite long-held resentment among Vietnamese toward China, resulting in swift action on the part of the Hanoi government. Because there’s only 125 miles that separates Vietnam from the Chinese border, Hanoi knows that it must continue a fragile geo-political game with its ideological communist brother.…

The U.S.-China Trade War Has Vietnam in the Crosshairs | 2020-02-04

Quach Ngoc Thien should be basking in good times. His fabric-dyeing company is woven tightly into the global garment supply chain. Located in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Le Trading Co. is emblematic of the promise of a rising Vietnam, which enjoys one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. And now it’s expanding, creating a unit to produce fabric to be turned into T-shirts and dresses for Walmart, Nordstrom, and other U.S. retailers. Yet Thien sleeps fitfully. Every morning he reaches for his iPhone to scan news from faraway capitals…

South Vietnam Went Out With a Fight…Against China

In January 1974, South Vietnamese forces clashed with the People’s Liberation Army Navy in the Paracel Island chain—a hot spot between China and present day Vietnam today. The two countries had established their competing claims to the islands—which the Vietnamese refer to as Hoang Sa and the Chinese call Xisha—well before they came to blows. The South Vietnamese navy regularly chased foreign fisherman away in the 1960s under the umbrella of American military might. But in 1973, the U.S. started cutting off support for the Vietnamese Republic. American negotiators cut…

The U.S.-China Trade War Has Vietnam in the Crosshairs

(Bloomberg Markets) — Quach Ngoc Thien should be basking in good times. His fabric-dyeing company is woven tightly into the global garment supply chain. Located in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Le Trading Co. is emblematic of the promise of a rising Vietnam, which enjoys one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. And now it’s expanding, creating a unit to produce fabric to be turned into T-shirts and dresses for Walmart, Nordstrom, and other U.S. retailers. Yet Thien sleeps fitfully. Every morning he reaches for his iPhone to scan news…