Vietnam’s 13th Party Congress: Vietnam Amid the US-China Rivalry


About the Webinar

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) has concluded its all-important five yearly 13th Party Congress. The political report of the congress has outlined the targets, guidelines and policies for the conduct of Vietnam’s foreign policy. The speaker will assess the implications of the foreign policy section in the political report for Vietnam in general. In particular, the speaker will focus on how Hanoi will conduct its relations with the world’s foremost superpowers, namely the United States and China, given that the Biden-led administration has been in office for just over a month and the on-going flux in US-China relations. The speaker will further highlight the opportunities and challenges in Vietnam-US and Vietnam-China relations.

About the Speakers

Pham Quang Vinh was former ambassador to the United States and former vice foreign minister. Ambassador Vinh worked in Vietnam’s foreign service for over 38 years (September 1980 – December 2018), focusing on Vietnam’s multilateral diplomacy and Vietnam’s relations with Southeast Asia and the United States. Until today, he is the longest-serving ASEAN SOM Leader for Vietnam (2007-2014), and was instrumental in Vietnam’s policy and participation in ASEAN at a crucial time, which included Vietnam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2010. He was also senior advisor when Vietnam chaired ASEAN in 2020. During his tenure as ambassador to the United States, he worked extensively – through the Obama and Trump presidencies – to promote Vietnam-US relations, overseeing successive visits to Vietnam by the two US presidents (in 2016 and 2017 respectively) and the first-ever visit by Vietnam’s General Secretary to the United States in 2015. Amb Vinh was accorded Vietnam’s highest diplomatic rank of Senior Ambassador.


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Mar 02 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am