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  • Japan’s newly appointed Prime Minster Suga Yoshihide is considering state visits to Vietnam and Indonesia in mid-October in a bid to shore up relations with two key Southeast Asian partners. Vietnam and Indonesia are important for Japan given their important positions within ASEAN and the fraught relations that both have with China.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

 

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Asia Pacific (Vietnam)

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  • Russia’s Rosneft has officially cut its contract with Noble Corporation for cooperation in operations in Vietnam. The episode highlights a growing challenge for multinational Russian companies trying to expand their footprint across Asia: They can’t anger China too much because of the size of China’s power to structurally shape economic relationships as tensions with the United States and broader West escalate.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

 

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  • India and Vietnam agreed to strengthen their strategic partnership, as an initiative centered in maritime security and maritime resources, among others. Vietnam is keen for India to expand its presence in oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea. India has on many occasions explained that it will continue to maintain its oil and gas exploration tie-ups with Vietnam in Vietnamese waters.

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Canada

CANADA:

  • CANADA: A series of protests have taken place in Canada since late June when the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in Toronto staged a protest near the Chinese Consulate in solidarity with India and against China’s actions in Ladakh. Disparate groups have also joined in these marches and demonstrations, including Taiwanese and Vietnamese-origin Canadians, even Bangladeshi minorities.  

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/unusual-coalition-taking-shape-in-canada-hong-kongers-tibetans-and-others-protest-against-china/story-295gw5XBUz01lc5pmZvQWP.html

 

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  • The Secretary of State of United States -Mike Pompeo- denounced that China’s expansive maritime claims across most of the South China Sea were “completely unlawful,” setting up potential military confrontations with Beijing and sanctions against companies as the United States seeks to push back Chinese activity in the region. The statement is not explicit on U.S. military aid, but leaves open the possibility that the United States might come to the defense of nations like Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines if clashes erupt because of Chinese aggression.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES JULY 14 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/world/asia/south-china-sea-pompeo.html


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