Vol 2, No 2 (2018)


Vietnam-United States relations: growing strategic convergence

Thayer C.A.


This article presents an overview of United States-Vietnam relations from 2013 to the present with a focus on defence engagement. This article is divided into four parts. Part one provides a brief historical overview of relations from the end of American military invovment in Vietnam in 1973 to 2013. Part two reviews the evolution of bilateral defence relations under the Obama Administration. Part three discusses bilateral relations under the Trump Administration that reflect continuity with past policy rather than abrupt change. The conclusion argues that although there is a growing convergence on strategic issues between Vietnam and the U.S. their strategic interests are not congruent.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):5-14
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Factors of the de-escalation of Vietnam war and the start of the Paris peace talks

Dang H.H., Vu Q.H.


The Vietnam War is the longest war of the United States, the strategic goal of which was the long-term division of Vietnam and the transformation of South Vietnam into a separate pro-American state as a part of the "free world", opposing the "communist camp". As a result, the United States had to retreat before the aspiration of the Vietnamese people for national independence and reunification. The turning point to the de-escalation of the American presence in Vietnam was the Tet Mau Than 1968 General Offensive and Uprising, according to the name of the lunar New Year. This article gives an analysis of the US strategy during the Vietnam War at various stages and shows the impact of the Tet offensive on this strategy. Much attention is paid to the impact of the Tet Mau Than 1968 General Offensive and Uprising on the minds of the US political circles and US society as a whole.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):15-24
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The improvement of state governance to promote economic growth in Vietnam

Nguyen Q.T.


The article analyzes the issues of reorganization of the management system in Vietnam to improve the mechanisms of the market economy of socialist orientation. This is seen as one of the strategic prerequisites for accelerating economic growth. The author considers it necessary to work without looking at the recipes of the "Washington Consensus" imposed from outside, noting that the practice of many developing countries has not justified the validity of such recipes. The study confirms the emergence of the basic institutions of a market economy in the SRV and identifies obstacles that hamper the work, showing their insufficient strength and effectiveness. To improve the management system, it is proposed to seek its democratization, to master modern requirements and best practices, to focus on the future. Recommendations are formulated for this work, in particular, on stimulating innovation and creating "smart cities".
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):25-35
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Fuel and energy complex of Vietnam as a sphere of Russian-Japanese cooperation and competition

Mishchenko Y.V.


The article analyses contemporary trends in competition and cooperation between Russia and Japan for gaining access to the energy market of Vietnam. In the first part of the article, the current situation in the fuel and energy complex of Vietnam is considered, and the justification and reasons for its interest towards close cooperation with Japan and Russia in the energy sphere are given. The second part of this article provides the analysis of the main objectives of the energy policy of Russia and Japan in Vietnam and the key areas of interaction between these countries in its energy sector. The conclusion summarizes the results of the study, an attempt is made to give some forecasts of the future development of Japanese-Russian-Vietnamese ties in the energy sector.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):36-47
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First emperor of Vietnamese Chan dynasty (1226-1400)

Polyakov A.B.


This issue was considered in my article written in cooperation with Prof. D.V. Deopik. There was an attempt to prove the hypothesis that the first emperor of Tran dynasty was Tran Canh's father - Tran Thua (postmortem name - Tran Thai To). After publication of this article I repeatedly returned to the investigation and analysis of this issue. As a result I managed to make certain amendments and adjustments to this subject. Besides that an investigator who nominated the same hypothesis appeared for the first time in the Vietnamese historical studies. Therefore and in connection with this event this article is being published now. It is a well-known fact in the Vietnamese and foreign historiography that the first emperor of Tran dynasty was Tran Сanh who acceded to the throne after his wife - empress Ly Tieu Hoang. This opinion is based on the facts stated in the Vietnamese official historiography which was finally formed in XV century when the classical works «The Full Collection of Hystorical Notes» were written by Ngo Si Lien. The same statement is found in the later Vietnamese historical sources. However, matching these sources with the earlier origins, first of all with the chronicles «The Short History of [Great] Viet» as well as with the epigraphy data proves considerable differences and contradictions with the outline of the historical events which previously were undervalued. Data analysis of these sources leads to a conclusion that the founder and the first emperor of Tran dynasty was Tran Thua (Thai To), Tran Canh's father. This explains the gap in the Vietnam's middle age history and helps to understand the events connected with the social and political crisis at the beginning of XIII century. Tran Than's accession to the throne was a direct usurpation of power, while his son Tran Canh accession to the throne looked more «legitimate» as he got married with empress Ly Tieu Hoang and she could officially «concede» the throne in his favour. Succeeding chroniclers called Tran Canh a founder of the dynasty as each of the dynasties seeks proof of its legitimate coming to power.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):48-58
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Reflection of everyday empirical experience in component composition of Vietnamese idioms «thành ngữ» and «tục ngữ»

Tyumeneva E.I.


The article investigates Vietnamese phraseological units with components related to the everyday empirical experience of the Vietnamese people. On the materials of lexicographic and phraseological dictionaries there are revealed and considered phraseological units, which include the names of household items, dishes of national cuisine, monetary units, measurement measures, etc., which are included in the main vocabulary of the language, reflecting its characteristic processes and national originality. Allocated two main types of phraseological units - tục ngữ and thành ngữ, established their specificity. It is shown that in lexical composition tục ngữ and thành ngữ, contains non-equivalent Lexis of the Vietnamese language, shaped the Foundation of which is associated with cultural and ethnic worldview. The relevance of the study is determined by two factors: first, the need to further develop the problem of the relationship between language and human consciousness and culture in General cultural and linguistic research, and secondly, the need to study the ethno-cultural components of the Vietnamese language. The novelty of the research lies in the fact that the ethno-cultural component of Vietnamese phraseological units was studied for the first time. The theoretical foundations of our study are the ideas contained in works on linguistics of Russian and Vietnamese scientists. The General methods of linguoculturological researches were taken as the methodological basis of the research.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):59-68
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Scientific conference on the 95th anniversary of the first arrival of Ho Chi Minh to Russia

Kobelev E.V.


The article explores the content of international conference held on March in St. Petersburg and dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the first arrival to Russia of the future president of independent Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. The role and significance of his activities in establishing and strengthening fraternal friendship relations between the peoples of Vietnam and Russia are presented. A brief review of the main titles of the participants’ reports at the conference was made: the development of youth cooperation, shocking events of American aggression against Vietnam, the role of Soviet assistance during two wars of Resistance of the Vietnamese people, modern global risks for the security of Vietnam and Russia.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):69-74
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The Communist Manifesto: theoretical and practical value at the present time

Ostrovsky A.V.


The article discloses the content of the international conference on the theme "Communist Manifesto: theoretical and practical value at the present time" held in Hanoi in February. A short review of the main topics of the reports of the conference participants was made. The role of marxism as the guiding ideology for Vietnam and China is shown.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):75-77
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On the scientific project «Women in Vietnam: the role and a place in the history and contemporary social and political life»

Syunnerberg M.A.


This is a review of the collective scientific research of Russian scholars titled "Women in Vietnam: the role and place in history and in contemporary social and political life", that was executed under the RFBR grant in 2015-2017 in the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University. The review presents goals and tasks set by the research team, the directions of the research and its main results, and further prospects of the study on this topic. Particular attention is paid to the book series "Women in the history of Vietnam", initiated in the framework of the project, which has a wide educational and methodological purpose besides the scientific component.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):78-84
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On the defense of the dissertation by Aksenova E.M. (IAAS Moscow State University) on «The role of transnational corporations in the economic development of Vietnam»

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The dissertation presents a comprehensive analysis of Multinational corporations’ participation in the economic development of Vietnam at the turn of the XX and XXI century. It explores how foreign business affects Vietnam's economy by sectors and industries. Positive impact of these activities on the macroeconomic stabilization of Vietnam's economy and its forced growth are assessed as predominant. Favorable spillover effects include increased employment, technological transfer, and more revenues to the state budget. At the same time, the research found out growing risks for Vietnam, including the formation of tax haven and a dirty harbor production, foreign control over a number of profitable Vietnam export industries, environmental and social degradation.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):85-87
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XX century that cardinally reshaped the image of Vietnam literature

Britov I.V.


The review is about a textbook on Vietnamese literature of the 20th century, which is the first major academic work released in our country on the subject of Vietnamese literature of this period. The book has a substantial theoretical and practical value for Vietnamese studies in Russia. It analyzes stages of the establishment and development of European-style literature in Vietnam in the chosen period. It also makes a profound analysis of forms, meanings, and esthetics of poetry and prose. The textbook addresses themes and issues, which have not been covered by Russian philologists studying Vietnamese literature either fully or partially. The author presented the literary life of Vietnam in the general context of the country’s historical development. The textbook presents brief biographies of writers and synopses of works, which makes the book not just a teaching aide but also a reference book on Vietnamese literature. This academic work will give readers more information about Vietnamese literature of the 20th century and an insight into the profound transformations that reshaped literature in Vietnam.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):88-94
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Vietnamese archives published new materials in regard to the 45th anniversary since the date the Paris peace accords were signed

Lutik E.V.


The review is given for the collected book “The Paris Peace Accords - the Way to Peace”, prepared for publishing by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Archive of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The material in Vietnamese was published by the state political publisher on 19 January 2018 in Hanoi, altogether 150 copies. The collected book is dedicated to the 45th anniversary since the date the Paris Peace Accords were signed. The review presents the structure of the book and a brief survey of the materials published in it. Some judgements of the reviewer’s are given.
The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):95-100
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Yevgeny Vasilievich Kobelev celebrates his 80th birthday

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The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):101-104
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A scientist, a tribune, a diplomat. On the occasion of the 80th birthday of G.M. Lokshin

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The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):105-107
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Teacher with a capital letter. On the occasion of the 85th birthday of M.E. Trigubenko

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The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):108-110
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To the readers’ attention

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The Russian Journal of Vietnamese Studies. 2018;2(2):111-112
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