Maritime Economy a priority for Vietnam
by K Bhana
3 September 2020
Vietnam has 3,260 km of coastline and thousands of large and small islands, including two archipelagos of Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spatlys). It borders the People’s Republic of China in the north as well as Cambodia and Laos to the west. Its coastline on the east is lapped by the waves of the South China Sea which has always been an integral, natural feature of Vietnam’s livelihood, geography and history.
Photo: Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held a video call with officers and soldiers in the Spratly Islands (Truong Sa) on January 30, 2020 to congratulate and encourge them on the occasion of Vietnam’s Lunar New Year Festival – an event of sacredness and family reunion according to its traditional culture.
Vietnams’ increasing role and position in international affairs is being acknowledged on the world stage. The accolades can be credited to the vision of the leadership of the governing Communist Party of Vietnam. Having endured the hardships of colonial and imperial occupation the Vietnamese have emerged stronger, wiser and ready to play its part.
The spirit and will of the nation is legendary and has been widely documented and recorded for historical significance. The hard fought victories they achieved against oppression and interference of their sovereignty is a strong indicator of courage and tenacity to overcome challenges they face.
Vietnam has made significant developments since the implementation of Doi Moi (Policy of Renovation) in 1986. It has diplomatic relations with more than 185 countries and has key comprehensive and strategic partnerships with several countries and participates on many international fora on multilateral and economic cooperation.