China incompetent? The tale of the oil rig

China incompetent? The tale of the oil rig

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in South China Sea, Vietnam | No Comments

            What has China achieved by sending its oil rig to drill off the Paracel Islands? It has managed to rupture relations with its brother communists in Vietnam, incensed Vietnamese popular opinion, generated gigabytes of critical international media coverage, revived the “China Threat” discourse in Southeast Asia and unified ASEAN […]

Vietnam’s protests aren’t just about China

Vietnam’s protests aren’t just about China

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in South China Sea, Vietnam | No Comments

          Dramatic images of Vietnamese workers vandalising Chinese-owned factories appear to be yet more proof that an angry nationalism is taking hold in East and South East Asia. The reality is a little more complex. Although passions are certainly rising over the fate of a few specks of rock in the […]

Vietnam: where saying ‘I love you’ is impossible

Vietnam: where saying ‘I love you’ is impossible

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Vietnam | 2 Comments

A lighter piece for the BBC’s VietnamDirect season. Some oddities from Vietnamese history and culture. Follow bill_hayton

Talk at the East West Center, Washington DC

Talk at the East West Center, Washington DC

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in Vietnam | No Comments

The video of a talk I gave at the East West Center in Washington DC in October 2010. The main focus was how the interests of the Vietnamese government and the interests of its citizens affect the country’s foreign policy and its relations with other regional powers, such as China and the United States. Watch […]

BBC interview on Vietnam

BBC interview on Vietnam

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Vietnam | No Comments

An interview with BBC World News about the nuclear agreement between the US and Vietnam, which moved onto other topics too. Click to see the interview on YouTube.       Follow bill_hayton