Vietnam- Russia’s Key Ally in ASEAN


The Socialist Republic of Vietnam was at one time one of the poorest countries in Asia. But, as a result of the transformation that the country has undergone in the last few decades, many are now of the opinion that it deserves to be considered as one of the ‘Asian tigers’ – a designation that traditionally refers to Hong Kong…

US Looks to Southeast Asia to Unleash its ISIS Hordes


Western think tanks have been increasingly busy cultivating a narrative to explain the sudden and spreading presence of militants linked or fighting under the banner of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) across Southeast Asia. This narrative – these think tanks would…

Vietnam is Well, but that Angers Western Imperialism


Some fifteen years ago, when I lived in Hanoi, I used to come very often to the rooftop bar at the Meritus Hotel for an evening drink, just to feel gentle breeze and to spot ancient cargo boats majestically sailing on the surface…

US President Visits Vietnam


Last Monday, May 23, US President Barack Obama set off on his five-day trip to Asia, the tenth trip to this region in his eight-year presidency. He spent the first three days in Vietnam. The agenda of the second part of the trip consisted of…

Vietnam and the XII Congress of the Communist Party


The upcoming Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam may become an important milestone in the Vietnam’s modern history. It is becoming increasingly clear that the so-called policy of renovation (Doi Moi in Vietnamese) or, in other words…

Russian-Vietnamese Cooperation Gains Momentum


In mid-December 2015, the First Deputy Chairperson of the Russian Government Igor Shuvalov visited Vietnam. The Russian Vice Prime Minister met the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang, Vice Prime Minister Hoang Chung Hay…

Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam and Singapore


From 5 to 8 November President of PRC, Xi Jinping, made a visit to Vietnam and Singapore – two important countries in the Southeast Asia. His trip took place against the backdrop of a rather visible reinforcement of US military presence in the subregion – the main…

Washington’s Quiet Proxy War Against Vietnam

Washington's meddling across Asia has grabbed headlines recently in Hong Kong where US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded opposition…

Russian-Vietnamese Relations: Position and Prospects

Today Russian-Vietnamese relations are developing in a complex political environment both for Russia and for the Asia-Pacific region. However, for…

Vietnam: State of the Economy in 2014

The media publishes a lot of different information about the economic development of China, but in the East there are…

Ghosts of Vietnam

I served as a Marine infantryman in Vietnam during 1969 and 1970. I managed to catch malaria, get hit by…

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