At the invitation of Pacific Forum, from 15-18 April 2019, Dr. Huynh The Du, Lecturer of Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management attended the seminar “A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Approaches to Investment and Infrastructure”. The seminar took place in Tokyo under the sponsorship of the US Embassy in Japan.
The idea of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) was initiated by Japan and enthusiastically supported by the United States over a year ago. These are the two most powerful opposition countries to China’s One Belt and One Road Initiative (BRI). FOIP and BRI show competition for the influence of big countries. In order to be able to build a free and open Indian-Pacific region, institutions and rules are needed so that stakeholders can compete healthily and cooperate on common concerns.
In the first two days of the workshop, Dr. Huynh The Du gave a presentation on “Vietnam: Opening and Development”. In the following days, together with Brad Glosserman, senior consultant of Pacific Forum and two other experts from the University of Tampa and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Dr. Huynh The Du talked to the audience in the cities of Nagoya and Fukuoka under the topic “A Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.