Changing balance of power and India Vietnam relations Part 2

At the bilateral level, over the decades, India-Vietnam shared similar views and interests on the global stage. Immediately after independence, both countries worked for decolonisation in Asia and across the world and shared similar conceptions of Asian Solidarity. This congruence manifested in Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru’s visit to Vietnam in 1954 and the visit of President Ho Chi Minh to India in 1958. Today both countries are interested in a multi-polar Asia. These shared interests were reflected in the joint statement issued during the visit of Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung in October 2014. The Joint Statement noted that both countries are interested in working “together to maintain peace, stability, growth and prosperity in Asia and beyond” and called for continued “coordination between both sides at regional and international fora and [both countries] agreed to strengthen cooperation particularly in ASEAN, ARF, ADMM Plus, EAS, UN, NAM, ASEM and WTO.”[1] Vietnam has consistently supported India’s candidature for the Security Council in the United Nations.

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