Season’s Greetings from MGIMO’s ASEAN Centre

On the New Year’s Eve the Center has received Season’s Greetings from many colleagues, partners and friends, Russian as well as foreign.

The Center’s staff warmly congratulates representatives of the ASEAN Member States’ Embassies and communities in Moscow, officials of the Russian MFA and other governmental agencies, professors and students from MGIMO and other Russian universities, all those in Russia and Southeast Asia who are genuinely interested in promoting ASEAN-Russia strategic partnership!

We do hope that the upcoming 2019 will be marked by positive trends, creative initiatives and memorable breakthroughs.

Wishing you good health, success and happiness in the New Year,

Sincerely yours,
ASEAN Center Staff

Ambassador of Thailand Thanatip Upatising at MGIMO

December 18th, MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov received the Ambassador of Thailand to the Russian Federation, Thanatip Upatising.

The aim of the visit was to discuss opportunities to reinforce cooperation between the Thai Embassy and MGIMO’s ASEAN Centre. Also attending the meeting were the Director of the ASEAN Center Victor Sumsky, members of the faculty and two first secretaries of the embassy.

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Ambassador of Singapore Launches ASEAN Week at MGIMO

December 10th, ASEAN Week, which is jointly organized by the University’s Southeast Asian club and the ASEAN Center, started at MGIMO. The first event of the week was a lecture by the Ambassador of Singapore to Russia, Lim Kheng Hua.

The guest was greeted by MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs, Andrey Baykov, who gave a welcome speech. Lim Kheng Hua was introduced to the audience by the Head of the Southeast Asian Club, Daria Bachilo.

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Russia-Vietnam: Balancing Strategies

Since 2012, relations between Russia and Vietnam have been described as a comprehensive strategic partnership. Compared to other countries in Southeast Asia, the dynamics of the contacts at the highest level are characterized by a much higher degree of intensity. So, in June 2017, Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang visited Russia; in September 2018, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (President of Vietnam since October 2018) visited Russia. President Putin has visited Vietnam five times (most recently in 2017 as part of the APEC summit in Danang). Prior to November, Prime Minister Medvedev visited Vietnam in 2015 and as President of the Russian Federation in 2010.

The two countries maintain a strategic dialogue at the deputy defense minister level. Intergovernmental commissions on military-technical cooperation, trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation are active as well. Russia and Vietnam are on the same page regarding many strategic issues related to the need to form a polycentric international system in the APR based on common security principles that do not imply dividing lines in the region. Russia officially supports full compliance with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea adopted by China and the ASEAN countries in 2002, and the early signing of the Code of Conduct between them, which was designed to alleviate the controversy over disputed islands in the South China Sea which are claimed by China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

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ASEAN, EAS and APEC: What Russia Achieved in 2018

It has been an eventful year for Russian foreign policy as far as the multilateral institutions in the Asia Pacific are concerned. On November 13–15, 2018, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made a state visit to Singapore and attended the 13 th East Asia Summit (EAS). It was the first such visit since Russia was made a member in 2010. At the same time, President Putin represented Russia at the 3 rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Russian Federation Summit on Strategic Partnership. Two days later, in Port Moresby, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that had previously enjoyed priority attention of the President of the Russian Federation compared to other regional mechanisms.

Russia has stepped up its participation in multilateral mechanisms in the Asia Pacific at a time when contradictions between the United States and China in the region have exacerbated, competition has once again intensified between the macro-regional projects proposed by these players in Asia, and emotions are running high around American trade protectionism. On the one hand, this situation is not conducive to bolstering these multilateral institutions themselves. It does, however, create a window of opportunity for Russia to offer the regional countries a more cooperative agenda, even if it is not on the same scale as U.S. or Chinese projects.

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