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Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.

Vietnam's Foreign Policy
Vietnam's foreign policy
Carlyle Thayer

This chapter presents an analysis of Socialist Republic of Vietnam's foreign policy from 1991, when Vietnam's decade-long international isolation was lifted following a comprehensive political settlement of the Cambodia conflict, to 2016.

The framework and strategy for Vietnam's overall foreign relations is set at five yearly national congresses of the Vietnam Communist Party (VCP). This policy is implemented through resolutions of the VCP Central Committee and VCP Politburo. Vietnam's foreign minister is normally a member of and answerable to the Politburo. The five yearly cycle of national party congresses shapes the structure of this chapter.

This chapter is divided into four sections. Section ...

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