Russia Returns to Vietnam

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  1. SHASH2K2

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    Russia Returns to Vietnam


    The visit of the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov to Vietnam turned out to be a significant event, as Russia turns its attention to Indo-Chinese vector, where Vietnam plays an important role. However, it’s too early to say that Russia-Vietnam relations would be the same as they were during the 1990s.
    Many experts found Russia’s withdrawal from the naval base in Cam Ranh Bay to be the end of relations between Moscow and Hanoi. Some experts even supposed that the USA would come back to Cam Ranh, as Vietnam, after initiating market reforms, started implementing a multiple-vector foreign policy in which the Russian direction was not a priority.
    The possible reason for that was the insistent demand of the Russian financial institutions to make Vietnam pay back the money for the weapons supplied during the American aggression. At the same time, the Vietnamese government could not understand why Russia agreed to write off Iraqi debts. All this prevented the Russian Federation from consolidating its position in Vietnam, which had been the outpost of the Russian foreign policy in Southeast Asia.
    At the moment the situation improves. After the visit of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh Triet to Moscow last year and his meeting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the relations between the two countries took a new direction in various spheres.
    However, the major result of Mr. Lavrov’s visit is the signing of the Memorandum of Intentions between Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and Vietnam’s Science and Technology Ministry. Sergey Lavrov, who was present at the document signing ceremony, called the memorandum promising.
    In the beginning of 2006 the Government of Vietnam adopted a strategy of the nuclear power engineering development up to 2020, envisaging the construction of nuclear generating capacities. The first power unit is to be launched in 2020.
    The Russian officials acknowledged the interest and readiness to render Vietnam assistance in building and developing the necessary infrastructure of the nuclear energy industry.
    Within the framework of the Coordination Committee on June 17 there was held a seminar dedicated to personnel training for nuclear power engineering of Vietnam. Thus the new stage in the Russian Vietnamese cooperation has been initiated.
    The development of the nuclear power engineering should become an indication of the recovery of the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.
     
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  3. Godless-Kafir

    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    This makes me wonder if the USA is the only police man in the world. If there was no USA would the existing powers that be block the aggressions and ambitions of each other from turning to war, like what is happening in Vietnam! Thats something to ponder about.
     
  4. asianobserve

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    In a multipolar world were each power thinks they're equal or a little bit more powerful than the next one war is inevitable. When one interferes in the affairs of the other the other naturally will not back down as they think they can take on the interfering power. Do you think Russia will block China in the South China Sea. And even if Russia is willing to take on China in the latter's backyard does it have the capacity/capabiliy to do the job? Russia must be hallucinating. It must still think that we're still in the early 70's...
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    Chinese are strong but Russian military still is rank 2 on the planet. Their war machinery still packs enough punch to make even the most powerful countries think 10 times before releasing political statements, let alone order a military confrontation. With a missile technology second only to US and sometimes rivaling and exceeding it in some capacities and that too in humungous quantity, I don't think anyone would like a war with Russians.

    Add to the fact that China is too economically interlinked with Russia or any of her significant bigger neighbors for that matter. Mostly there might be a minor conflict on borders now and then, but a full blown war is impossible. For an export oriented economy with a huge manufacturing as well as a country that requires massive fuel reserves from Russia and its puppet states in Central Asia, a direct war is not an option.

    Economic warfare remains possibility as long as customers catering to that economy continue to be in favor of paying that country. I doubt more than a few skirmishes, there would be any serious conflict at all. Bear was wounded 20 years back, but now wounds are healing. Russians are not going to be aggressors in any case owing to the fact that they are one of the top countries in favor of multipolar world.
     

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