Vietnam’s Strategic Challenge

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A live recording of the Asia Rising podcast

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Date:
Wednesday 29 September 2021 02:00 pm until Wednesday 29 September 2021 02:45 pm (Add to calendar)
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La Trobe Asia
asia@latrobe.edu.au
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La Trobe Asia
Type of Event:
Public Lecture; Public

As strategic competition between the US and China increasingly shapes the region, Vietnam has reoriented its national foreign and defence policy. Vietnam has a major stake in the international rules-based order. One of its key priorities is defending sovereignty and maritime claims in the South China Sea, which are coming under challenge by an assertive Beijing.

Vietnam has been increasingly vocal in its opposition to Beijing's coercive activities and claims in the maritime domain. It has also been deepening diplomatic and defence links with the US and other regional partners, such as Australia. How has strategic competition between the US and China influenced Vietnam's foreign and defence policy? Is Hanoi likely to move closer to the US, or "hedge" against choosing between either power? And what does this mean for Vietnam's relations with China and the wider region?

Guest: Dr Huong Le Thu, Senior Analyst - Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

A La Trobe Asia 'Asia Rising' live podcast recording.

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