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James Borton

James Borton is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University. He is a freelance global journalist who writes for Asia Times, Asia Literary Review, Foreign Policy and The Washington Times. He recently edited Islands and Rocks in the South China Sea: Post Hague Ruling. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington and a regular contributor to Geopolitical Monitor. James is now at work on a new book, Dispatches from the South China Sea.

Backgrounder: Agriculture 4.0 in Vietnam

cc Vietnam News Agency (VNA), modified, Vụ mùa năm 2018, toàn huyện Ðiện Biên (Điện Biên) gieo cấy gần 6.400ha lúa nước và hơn 2.200ha lúa nương chủ yếu là các giống lúa: Bắc thơm số 7, IR64, Nếp 97, 98... Năng suất lúa trung bình toàn huyện ước đạt gần 60 tạ/ha, sản lượng ước đạt trên 37.800 tấn. Ảnh: Phan Tuấn Anh - TTXVN

In Vietnam we can see many of the challenges, and solutions, to farming in the era of climate change.

Washington Slow to Connect Its Blue Dot Network

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If it is ever to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Blue Dot Network has a lot of catching up to do.

South China Sea Fishermen Caught between COVID-19 and China

South China Sea fishing fleet in Vietnam, cc Marco Verch, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

COVID-19 has now been added to the long list of difficulties faced by those who rely on fishing the South China Sea to make a living.

U.S. Won’t Gamble on ASEAN Summit in Las Vegas

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Though the COVID-19 has cancelled the upcoming ASEAN summit, affected countries can still forge ahead with cooperation.

Vietnam Red Flags China with Travel and Visa Bans

Vietnam Street, Photo courtesy of Bui Minh Long

The Wuhan coronavirus is just the latest chapter in a long and complicated history between the two neighbors.

Vietnam’s ASEAN and UN Leadership: Difficult Days Ahead

VietnamUN, cc Vietnam News Agency, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnam Mission to the United Nations, for Flag Installation ceremony for the newly-elected non-permanent members to serve on the UNSC for the term 2020-2021.

As Hanoi ascends to its leading role in both ASEAN and the United Nations, it will face a litany of diplomatic and security challenges in the year ahead.

Washington Sleeps While China Makes Waves in South China Sea

White House Washington, cc Cezary P, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:White_House_Washington.JPG

The US needs to play a stabilizing role in the SCS as China seeks to impose its hegemonic control of the region and beyond.

Vietnam offers Model Economy for Second Trump-Kim Summit

Rush hour traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, cc Flickr M M, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

As a country with a similar past, Vietnam’s historical experience offers Pyongyang a path back to the global mainstream.

ARIA Reassures Vietnam of Ongoing US FONOPS in South China Sea

Lễ đón Sỹ quan, thủy thủ đoàn tàu Hải quân Hoa Kỳ thăm hữu nghị Đà Nẵng (The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crew greeted by Vietnamese in Da Nang, Vietnam last year. Courtesy of VNA.)

The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) is the latest sign of a renaissance in US-Vietnam relations.

Vietnam Ready for a Seat at the UN Security Council

UN_security_council, cc Bernd Untiedt, Germany, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UN_security_council_2005.jpg

Vietnam’s commitment to global institutions and poverty alleviation make it a good candidate for a rotating seat at the UN Security Council.

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