On Thursday, 18 January, the GCSP received a delegation from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and other sectors of the Vietnamese Government. In an ad hoc meeting with GCSP experts, the participants extensively discussed Vietnamese views on issues related to the shifting balance of power in the Asia-Pacific, the diminishing US influence in the context of US-China competition for regional preeminence, and the developments related to the sovereignty disputes in the China seas, as well as their implications for Vietnam. The Delegation underlined Vietnam's commitment towards the implementation of international law and the preservation of the international order, including in the area of the Law of the Sea.
This meeting presented an excellent opportunity to discuss the potential of a more consequential dialogue between GCSP and Vietnam. The delegation was also briefed on GCSP educational activities and invited to send students to its courses.