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US Raises the Flag, and Stakes, in South China Sea

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 13, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations in the South China Sea, May 13, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brenton Poyser/Released)200513-N-WP865-0237

Is Washington’s newfound assertiveness on the South China Sea dispute a matter of long-term statecraft, or short-term electioneering?

Vietnam’s Leadership in ASEAN: Opportunity in Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 2, 2019. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain], cc Flickr U.S. Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

Over the second half of 2020, Vietnam should focus on integrating the informal economy with the formal economy and resuming negotiations for a code of conduct in the South China Sea.

Vietnam Repels another Enemy at the Border: COVID-19

Courtesy of VNA; Translation:

This time Hanoi’s preferred weapons were science-based policy and epidemic planning.

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.

Indonesia and Vietnam: The Quest for ASEAN Leadership

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with the foreign ministers from participating countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting during its closing ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila on August 8, 2017., Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippines, public domain, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ASEAN_50th_Anniversary.jpg

ASEAN leadership has never been a straightforward proposition, but the COVID-19 pandemic and China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea are making it even more geopolitically fraught.

Washington Slow to Connect Its Blue Dot Network

cc xiquinhosilva, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Golden_Bridge_Da-Nang.jpg

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

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

cc Bill Debevc, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Welcome_to_Las_Vegas_sign.jpg

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

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.

A Short History of the ASEAN Digital Future

SingaporeSkyline, cc Flickr Pasi Mämmelä, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Digitization is the path through which ASEAN economies can realize their considerable economic potential.

Is Indonesia Abandoning Its Capital?

JakartaFlood, cc Flickr Seika, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, modified

Sure, Jakarta might be underwater in less than five decades. But doing something about it is easier said than done.

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