The two ministers are expected to discuss the supporting industry to restore reliable supply chains. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived in Tokyo on Monday evening (local time), beginning his four-day visit to Japan that aims to enhance bilateral economic relations and promote trade volume between the two countries. Chinh is the first foreign head of government to visit Kishida Fumio as Japan’s prime minister. Prime Minister Chinh’s visit is significant as both countries are preparing for their post-Covid-19 economic recovery, according to Carl Thayer, emeritus professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra. During the visit, the main topics of discussion will be bilateral economic relations in general and continued Japanese assistance to Vietnam to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and post-pandemic recovery. Vietnam’s economic recovery is important to Japan as it is a major trading partner and source of foreign investment, Prof. Thayer told The … [Read more...] about Vietnamese PM’s visit to Japan: significant for both countries’ post-Covid recovery
The increasing American investment in Vietnam’s energy sector is a win-win proposition for both countries. The cooperation in oil and gas between Vietnam, the fast-growing economy with energy demand growth rate of roughly 9.5% per year, and the US, the world’s third largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, has become stronger thanks to the significance with respect to both trade and political perspectives. Vietnam Electricity (EVN) and the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in May 2019 finalized a grant agreement on technical assistance for a gas-to-power project in Vietnam. Photo: EVN Indeed, partnering with American firms would shrink Vietnam’s trade surplus with the US and help Hanoi hold the line in the South China Sea, according to Le Hong Hiep, Fellow at the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. In 2019, Vietnam’s total import turnover from the US stood at US$14.4 billion, statistics by the Vietnamese customs showed. Long-lasting … [Read more...] about How significant is Vietnam-US oil and gas cooperation?
Antonio Conte poses with a Spurs kit after he was appointed manager. Photo courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur FC Paul Kennedy Tuesday was a momentous day in the history of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and no, I’m not talking about the appointment of their new manager. As Antonio Conte posed for photographs holding the Spurs strip, football historians noted that November 2, 2021, marked 5,000 days since Tottenham last won a trophy. If your memory is fading, let me remind you. It was February 24, 2008. Tottenham beat Chelsea by two goals to one after extra time in the final of the League Cup, which was then known as the Carling Cup. Didier Drogba put Chelsea one up after 39 minutes before a penalty in the 70th by Dimitar Berbatov drew Spurs level. In extra time Jonathon Woodgate nodded home the winner, with a little bit of fortune, and Tottenham lifted the trophy. Before then you have to go all the way back to 1991 for their previous major honour, winning … [Read more...] about The long wait for a trophy looks over
China had sent a series of diplomatic letters and notes to the United Nations in 2019, claiming to have sovereignty over several entities and "historic rights" in the South China Sea, among other maritime claims. "Vietnam is the first country to claim sovereignty in the South China Sea and the only country that has continuously managed the Paracel and Spratly islands in accordance with international law," Vu Hai Dang, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Law of the National University of Singapore, said at a conference in Hanoi Thursday. Vietnam calls the South China Sea the East Sea. He said that since the 15th century, Vietnam's Nguyen Dynasty had sent mandarins to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, collecting taxes on ships passing through the two islands. The activities of the Hoang Sa fleet were also recorded in the official documents of the Nguyen Dynasty. Dang said that since the nation's reunification in 1975, Vietnam has … [Read more...] about International scholars debunk China’s South China Sea claims