V.Sumsky: Russia and Vietnam taking it to the next level

Vladimir Putin’s visit to Vietnam earlier this month, his third since assuming the Russian presidency, was accompanied by references to the ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ between both countries. This wording has been adopted since last year, clearly indicating that the two countries are getting closer to each other and intend to cultivate a special bond.

The intensity of  high-profile diplomatic activity seems to confirm this. Since July 2012, the two countries’ presidents have met each other no less than four times, while Prime Ministers Dmitry Medvedev and Nguyen Tan Dung have also exchanged visits.

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P.Rangsimaporn: Some Thoughts and Observations on Russian Studies in South East Asia

The first Russia-ASEAN Youth Summit has provoked a heated discussion concerning the information gap between Russia and ASEAN member states including the sphere of Russian studies in South East Asia and South East Asian studies in Russia. As a follow-up to this discussion ASEAN Centre web-site publishes a comment by Dr. Paradorn Rangsimaporn.

Paradorn Rangsimaporn completed his doctorate degree in International Relations at St.Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK, specializing in Russian foreign policy. He is the author of Russia as an Aspiring Great Power in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and articles in Asian Survey and Europe-Asia Studies. In October-November 2005 Dr. Rangsimaporn was a visiting researcher at MGIMO-University (Russia). He can be considered one of few researchers from Southeast Asia professionally specializing in the studies of Russia.

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V.Sumsky: An Ocean Not So Pacific

Russia, which harbors plans to exploit the economic potential of Siberia and its Far East in close cooperation with its Asian neighbors, has something to mull over.

An important aspect of the rivalry between the U.S. and China, which is taking on increasing significance in East Asia, is the potential for naval confrontation. The face-off is already on the agenda of many international conferences and seminars, and is a topic of parliamentary debate and media discussion. All too often, the impression created is that «China is to blame for everything." The data point to the methodical build-up of its surface and submarine fleet, the coastline deployment of precision anti-ship missiles, and the creation of enhanced tools to track maritime targets and disable enemy command-and-control systems. According to U.S. experts, the main objective is to «deny access» to the U. S. Navy in various regions of the Pacific Ocean.

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