This book delves into the examination of bilateral relations between India and Vietnam in the 21st century and how the Indo-Pacific as a geo-political construct lends itself to the improvement of their engagement.
With the rise and increasing assertiveness of China, the slow growth of the United States, the resurgence of Japan, and the oscillating role of ASEAN as a multilateral organization, the Indo-Pacific has emerged as a theatre of international geostrategic competition. This book studies these changing geopolitical realities and new evolving strategic configurations, while addressing political, economic, defence, and strategic aspects of the relationship along with the role of China and the US in facilitating ties. India’s Act East Policy that was upgraded from the Look East Policy – one of the main drivers for India’s increasing presence in the Asia-Pacific region – is also examined in this volume.
An important intervention in the study of international relations, this book will be indispensable to students and researchers of maritime studies, security studies, politics and international relations, geopolitics, and Asian studies.
Table of Contents
1. India, Vietnam and the Indo-Pacific security architecture 2. The Indo-Pacific construct and the utility of ‘new’ derived regions 3. India’s Act East Policy and Vietnam 4. Political convergence in the context of the Indo-Pacific 5. Enhancing strategic understanding and developing defence cooperation 6. Ensuring peace, stability and security in the South China Sea 7. Developing trade and economic ties 8. India, Vietnam and ASEAN regionalism 9. The China factor in India–Vietnam relations 10. The US factor in Vietnam–India Relations 11. Conclusion
Pankaj K Jha is Associate Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), O P Jindal Global University, Haryana, India. He was previously Director (Research) of Indian Council of World Affairs. He has also worked as Deputy Director of National Security Council Secretariat, India, (2012–2013) and been closely associated with national security apparatus in India. He was a visiting fellow with Centre for International Security Studies, Sydney University, Australia, and Institute for South Asian Studies, Singapore. He has authored over 60 articles that have been published in books as well as refereed and non-refereed journals. He is regularly quoted in International Newspapers/Magazines such as Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, Bangkok Post, Gulf News and International Business Times, etc. He has authored two books: India and China in Southeast Asia: Competition or Cooperation (2013) and India and the Oceania: Exploring Vistas of Cooperation (2016).
Vo Xuan Vinh is Deputy Director, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), Hanoi. His research focuses on India’s foreign policy, India’s Look East/Act East Policy, India–ASEAN and India–Vietnam relations, political, security and international relations in Southeast Asia, the East Sea/South China Sea disputes, and politics of Thailand and Myanmar. He has presented research papers in national and international conferences in various countries. He has also contributed articles in international journals such as Maritime Affairs, Journal of Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, and World Focus. He is currently conducting research on maritime issues in Southeast Asia, India’s Look East/Act East Policy, democratization process in Myanmar and Thailand, and international relations in Asia-Pacific.