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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Philippines, Vietnam expanding cooperation in South China Sea

    The Associated Press The Philippines and Vietnam signed agreements in late January 2024 to prevent incidents in the South China Sea and broaden cooperation between their coast guards in a growing alliance that will likely be frowned upon by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Beijing claims almost all of the strategic waterway in defiance of a 2016 international tribunal ruling that…

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  • Partnerships

    Southeast Asian nations strengthen regional unity

    FORUM Staff Southeast Asian nations are increasingly willing to act on issues requiring collective defense and cooperation, as evidenced by the mid-January 2024 talks in Hanoi between Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on strengthening joint maritime security and commerce. The leaders “reaffirmed the importance of peace, stability … and freedom of navigation” in the contested…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    ASEAN demonstrates solidarity as PRC drags feet on South China Sea code of conduct

    FORUM Staff Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members are reinforcing partnerships that uphold stability in the South China Sea. Recent diplomatic efforts come as an increasingly aggressive People’s Republic of China (PRC) claims decadeslong talks on a code of conduct (COC) for the crucial waterway are “going smoothly.” Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Experts call for scientific diplomacy to promote South China Sea stability

    Tom Abke Establishing a foundation for a secure, stable and prosperous South China Sea region requires moving away from disruptive “gray-zone” activities in favor of clarity, cooperation and communication, experts contend. That entails identifying shared national interests scientifically and strategically and safeguarding them through international agreements. Coercive actions in the strategic waterway, a vital route for global trade, include the…

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  • Climate

    PRC’s hydroelectric dams threaten Mekong River

    FORUM Staff The Mekong River stretches nearly 5,000 kilometers from the Tibetan plateau, winding through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and, ultimately, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The river, the longest in Southeast Asia, carries nutrient-rich sediment essential to the livelihoods of those who rely on the waterway for agriculture and fisheries. But the river is drying up. In recent years, its water…

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  • Partnerships

    Indonesia, Vietnam strengthen defense cooperation as PRC’s maritime aggression persists

    Gusty Da Costa Indonesia and Vietnam are moving closer to upgrading their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership as indicated by their leaders’ September 2023 meeting and the nations’ third Defense Policy Dialogue a month later. The nations are enhancing defense cooperation in particular, according to officials and experts. The two countries, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    U.S., Vietnam warn against ‘threat or use of force’ in South China Sea

    Agence France-Presse The United States and Vietnam warned in September 2023 against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after clashes involving Chinese Communist Party (CCP) vessels. U.S. President Joe Biden and Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said competing claims on the strategic waterway must be settled under international norms. The…

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  • Partnerships

    Singapore-Vietnam defense cooperation flourishing after 50 years

    Tom Abke Defense cooperation between Singapore and Vietnam has made remarkable progress in recent years, demonstrating their enduring partnership and solidifying their mutual trust and commitment to regional stability, according to officials. The Southeast Asian nations are commemorating 50 years of diplomatic ties and a decadelong strategic partnership. At an early August 2023 news conference marking the 50-year milestone, Singapore’s…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Vietnam, others oppose Chinese construction on Triton Island in South China Sea

    FORUM Staff Recently obtained satellite imagery shows what analysts believe to be a runway or road being built by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Triton Island, part of the Paracel Island group, in the disputed South China Sea. What experts find significant about the discovery is that the Chinese-controlled island’s location is the closest to Vietnam in the disputed…

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  • Global Commons

    Pacific Partnership 2023 fortifies relationships, strengthens disaster preparedness

    FORUM Staff The Indo-Pacific’s largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) preparedness mission began in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific islands in early August 2023. Now in its 18th year, the United States-led Pacific Partnership aims to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase security and stability, and foster new and enduring friendships in the Indo-Pacific.…

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