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Continuity in Vietnam

The EU does not expect any major changes following the results of the communist party congress in Hanoi. Officials consider that the re-election of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will provide for stability and continuity. The challenge of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung failed as he had insufficient support within the party, with many of the old guard worried that he was pushing ahead too fast with his reform programme. Little is known about Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc who will replace Dung in a few months, nor the Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, who will be the country's new president.

As regards EU-Vietnam relations both sides are pleased that the partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) is nearly ratified – only three Member States still to ratify. The FTA is also complete and is being prepared for ratification. 

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Calm in Thailand Hides Problems

By Fraser Cameron, Director

Visiting Thailand last month I was struck by the superficial calm in Bangkok as well as other cities. Most people go about their daily business without army or police interference.

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Change in Taiwan

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a sweeping victory in the presidential and legislative elections that Taiwan held on 16 January. Tsai Ing-wen, the DPP's chairperson, becomes the first female president in Taiwan’s history. She defeated Eric Chu, the Kuomintang (KMT) candidate by 56% to 30%. The DPP will also have an absolute majority in the new legislature.


Event invitation - Japan's Changing International Role

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EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.

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