Vietnam-Thailand Relations: Past, Present, Prospects


About the Webinar

As two major states in mainland Southeast Asia, Vietnam and Thailand have had an intricate relationship, vying for strategic influence over their neighbourhood for centuries. After establishing diplomatic ties in 1976, the two countries soon found themselves in intense confrontation over the Cambodia issue. It was not until the early 1990s when the conflict came to an end that bilateral ties started to flourish. In 2013, the two countries established a strategic partnership, and they are now important economic partners of each other. Thailand is Vietnam’s largest trading partner in ASEAN and Vietnam is Thailand’s fifth largest trading partner worldwide. Although a certain degree of competition persists, particularly in the economic and sports domains, there is no strategic conflict between the two countries.

This seminar will review the history of Vietnam – Thailand relations and their recent developments. It will also provide an assessment of the challenges and prospects for bilateral ties, especially in light of the upcoming elections in Thailand.

About the Speaker

Vo Xuan Vinh is Deputy Director General of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies at the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) in Hanoi. He joined the Institute as a researcher in 2004 and has conducted numerous studies on security, politics, and international relations in Southeast Asia, the South China Sea dispute, India’s foreign policy, and political developments in Thailand and Myanmar. He is the author of various books, monographs, book chapters, and research papers on regional geopolitics, maritime security, and international relations. Vinh is proficient in Vietnamese, English, and Thai. His latest book, India, Vietnam and the Indo-Pacific: Expanding Horizons (co-authored with Pankaj K Jha), was published by Routledge in 2020.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

Please register here to receive your unique link for joining the webinar.


May 10 2023


10:00 am - 11:00 am