China looms large as experts consider Vietnam’s place in the world

Leading experts and policy makers will come together at The Australian National University (ANU) to discuss the issues facing Vietnam, a growing power in an increasingly complex Asia Pacific region.

The 2018 Vietnam Update: Vietnam in the World will focus on a number of key issues for the emerging nation including the challenges to the state and social order posed by digital technologies, foreign investment and the regional dispute with China over the South China Sea.

The event will feature presentations from influential speakers including Professor Martin Gainsborough from the University of Bristol and former Vietnamese Vice Minister for the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment Professor Dang Hung Vo.

Event organiser Dr Elizabeth St George said one of the major challenges facing Vietnam over the next decade would continue to be how to manage the increasing openness of the country in the shadow of its much larger and increasingly assertive neighbour in China.

“Considerations of China loom large over the decisions that are made by the people and Government of Vietnam,” Dr St George said.

“The way Vietnam deals with these issues will have important lessons for Australia in the region.”

Media are invited to attend and more information is available here:

Interviews with speakers are available by contacting the ANU Media Team on 02 6125 7979 or


Julie Heckscher

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Opening Address will be delivered by Julie Heckscher is the First Assistant Secretary for the Southeast Asia Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Professor Nguyen Duc Thanh

Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research

Professor Thanh is a Vietnamese economist and Founding President of Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), a think tank established in 2008.

His presentation will focus on the Vietnamese economy including issues such as the long-term impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the US Indo-Pacific Strategy, how these moves are perceived in Vietnam, and their potential impacts on Vietnam’s development path.

Professor Dang Hung Vo

Hanoi National University

Professor Dang Vo is the former Vietnamese Deputy Director General of State Land Administration, and Vice Minister for the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment.



Aaron Walker
ANU Media
T: 02 6125 7979
M: 0418 307 213

WHAT:  2018 Vietnam Update

WHERE: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building, ANU

WHEN: Starting Tuesday 13 November, 8.30am–5.30pm

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