The Reception and Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative in Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa is Deputy Director at the Vietnam Institute of Chinese Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam.Pham Thao Nguyen is Research Collaborator at the Centre for Indian Studies, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Hanoi, Vietnam.
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  • March 2021

    The article looks back on China’s proposal and promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to Vietnam, as well as Vietnam’s official position and response to this initiative. The implementation of agreements between the two countries is analysed by evaluating two key areas of the BRI in Vietnam, namely facilities connectivity, and trade and investment. China was active in promoting the BRI, whereas Vietnam welcomed the initiative with caution. Cooperation in the two key areas has been promoted. However, it is a continuation of previous cooperation, and it has not been able to alleviate existing problems in Vietnam-China relations.