Russian centre holds roundtable on Vietnam-Russia relations
Updated : Friday, August 31, 2018 4:29 PM (GMT+0700)

Expertson Vietnamese studies gathered at a roundtable themed “Vietnam-Russiarelations: Potential and Development” held in Russia by the country’sVietnam-ASEAN Research Centre on August 30, in anticipation of  VietnameseParty General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit in early September.

Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies Sergey Luzianin (L) and Director of the
Vietnam-ASEAN Research Centre Vladimir Mazyrin - Source: VNA

Speaking at a pressconference ahead of the roundtable, Director of the Institute of Far EasternStudies Sergey Luzianin showed his belief that the Vietnamese Party leader’supcoming visit will help deepen the two countries’ comprehensive strategicpartnership, especially in the aspects of economics, politics and humanitarian.

According to him, thebilateral political ties are at a high level of the strategic partnership.Vietnam is also the first country signing a free trade agreement with theEurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which is expected to help expand its relationswith Russia in particular and five EAEU member states in general.

Cultural bonds have alsobeen strengthened. Next year, for the first time, the Russia Year in Vietnamand the Vietnam Year in Russia will be held, creating opportunities to enhancethe bilateral ties, he added.

As one of the leadingRussian experts on Vietnamese studies, Director of the Vietnam-ASEAN ResearchCentre Vladimir Mazyrin provided the Russian press with an insight intoVietnam’s political system under the leadership of the Communist Party. Hehighlighted the personal prestige of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trongand his leading role in the fight against corruption.

In the economic field,despite the appearance of new projects, it remains a difficult task for the twocountries to raise two-way trade to 10 billion USD by 2020, he stated,stressing the need for strategic projects.

Considering the strategicpartnership between the two countries, Russia should gain access to Vietnam’sstrategic fields such as nuclear power and large-scale projects like subwaytransport, he added.

Discussions at theroundtable shed light into how the Doi Moi policy fuelled socio-economicdevelopment in Vietnam, turning the country into a “tiger of Asia”.Participants also agreed that an external policy on the principle ofindependence, self-reliance, peace, multilateral cooperation and proactiveintegration has improved the country’s image and created a favourableenvironment for its development. 

Vietnam’s upcoming hostingof the World Economic Forum on ASEAN was also mentioned at thediscussions. 

Grigory Trofimchuk, Chairmanof the Expert Council of Research Support Foundation “Workshop of EurasianIdeas”, said that the role of Vietnam has increased in not only Southeast Asiabut also the Asia-Pacific region and the whole world, as seen in the fact thatthe country has hosted many forums significant to economic development in theseregions.

He added that therefore, theRussia-Vietnam-ASEAN relations will focus on not only ensuring regionalsecurity but also seeking measures to increase economic and financial benefitsfor all parties involved.


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