Reviewing the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Perception of Industrialization During the Reform Period (08/12/2023)

The article analyzes and examines the Communist Party of Vietnam’s change in perception of industrialization over time which has evolved in response to both domestic and international contexts and practical requirements. However, there is a lack in comprehensive understanding of industrialization and its possible models, both in terms of content and implementation conditions, which has for years significantly affected the results. Recognizing industrialization as the linchpin for the nation’s socioeconomic development, this article identifies three critical economic factors that need to be stimulated intensely and considered as leverage for industrialization in Vietnam in the coming time: (i) Emphasis on the private economic sector; (ii) Fine-tuning of market economy mechanisms; and (iii) Viewing international integration as a direct driving force. Drawing from these insights, it then outlines a forward-looking model for industrialization that Vietnam should consider for its future growth.
Author: Ngo Thang Loi

Cultural and Value Structures in East Asia and Their Impacts on Soft Power Competition (08/12/2023)

Structure is seen as a conditional factor that contributes to limiting or promoting behaviors and perceptions of international actors. Applying a structural systemic approach and document analysis, this article examines the characteristics of the cultural value structure in the East Asian region, thereby making some initial observations on the impacts of this cultural value structure of soft power competition in the region.
Author: Le Lena

Russian Federation New Foreign Policy Concept (08/12/2023)

Russia’s special military operations in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, opened a new period in Russian history and became a turning point in contemporary international politics. Russia’s relationship with the West, which had deteriorated over the previous decade, finally broke up. While new alliances are being formed between Western countries with the US, Russia and China draw closer together. In that situation, a “rebuilding” of Russia is inevitable. On March 31st, a decree on the Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation by President Putin was born due to “fundamental changes in international life”, on which all Russia’s decisions shall be made in the medium and long term. The paper clarifies Russia’s foreign policy concept in 2023 in the context of the unresolved Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Author: Tran Thi Thanh

Current Livelihoods of the Hmong and Kho Mu Ethnic Peoples in the Border Area of Nghe An Province (08/12/2023)

The Vietnam - Laos border area in Nghe An province is home to many ethnic minorities. In Ky Son border district, where Nam Can international border gate is located, connecting Vietnam and Laos, the Hmong and Kho Mu ethnic groups have the largest population and are two of the 32 ethnic minorities who are still facing several difficulties (45.8% and 34.4% are of the poor, respectively). The paper explores the current livelihoods of these two ethnic groups and initially proposes some recommendations and solutions for these two ethnic groups as well as local residents therein to have a stable and growing abundant life, which thereby contributes to the cause of socio-economic development associated with ensuring national defense and security in the border area of Nghe An province.
Author: Pham Quang Linh, Dang Minh Ngoc

Livelihood of Giay Ethnic People in Dong Van Town, Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province (08/12/2023)

Based on the results of the author’s ethnographic fieldwork conducted in June 2023, the article examines the livelihoods of the Giay people in Dong Van town, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, from traditional fields including agriculture, animal husbandry, exploitation of natural resources and handicrafts to current transformation including new types of income from tourism and hired work. These contribute to hunger eradication and poverty reduction therein.
Author: Luc Manh Hung

Attracting Foreign Direct Investment in India (08/12/2023)

Changes and adjustments for a favorable investment environment in foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction policies and low-cost labor conditions have attracted foreign corporations to invest in India. Ever since the economic reform in 1991, India has made remarkable FDI achievements. Most projects invested in India through the automatic route have made it the world’s 7th largest recipient of FDI in 2021. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, India received the highest-ever FDI inflows of US$ 84.84 billion in fiscal year 2021-2022. Although the total amount of FDI in 2022-2023 has decreased compared to the previous year, it is expected to increase again, and India will remain a potential country that investors are targeting.
Author: Nguyen Van Linh

French-Vietnamese Cultural Interference in Terms of Cuisine in Vietnam Through Loanwords (08/12/2023)

France, among others, experiences the deepest and most lasting cultural interference with Vietnam. During the years of domination, the French colonialists introduced several governance policies, including “Francization” in many areas. Accordingly, in terms of language, the influence of French was soon promoted on Vietnamese, so did the power of France on Vietnam. Against this background, the system of French loanwords in Vietnamese was born. The article presents the layers of French loanwords in cuisine and their survival to this day to demonstrate the strong cultural interference between the two countries.
Author: Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga