British-Vietnamese relations in a more competitive era

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27 October 2021 at 12:00 13:00 BST

Join Dr Bill Hayton and James Rogers as they discuss British-Vietnamese relations in a more competitive age.

About this event

Over the past decade, relations between the UK and Vietnam have grown. A number of ministerial exchanges have taken place, most recently with Dominic Raab, then British Foreign Secretary, and Ben Wallace, the British Defence Secretary, visiting Vietnam in June and July 2021, respectively, to make speeches about the future of relations between the two countries in a changing international environment. Likewise, high-ranking members of the Vietnamese Government are expected to visit the United Kingdom in November 2021 to partake in the COP26 Summit. Increasingly, with Britain’s ‘tilt’ towards the Indo-Pacific, the two countries share many interests, both economically and geopolitically in relation to the Southeast Asian region, not least in upholding a stable and open international order and resisting geopolitical flux.

The event is intended to celebrate the publication of a Policy Paper: ‘Enhancing British-Vietnamese relations in a competitive era’.

By kind invitation of The Rt. Hon. Baroness Neville-Jones, join this fascinating discussion at the Palace of Westminster with Bill Hayton, author of Vietnam: Rising DragonThe Invention of China, and The South China Sea, and James Rogers, Co-founder and Director of Research, Council on Geostrategy, as they discuss the ways how the UK and Vietnam can build on their shared interests during the 2020s to enhance economic relations and contribute to maintaining a stable and open international order in Southeast Asia.


Dr Bill Hayton

  • Author of Vietnam: Rising Dragon, The Invention of China and The South China Sea

James Rogers

  • Co-founder and Director of Research, Council on Geostrategy


The Rt. Hon. Baroness Neville-Jones

  • Member, Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, Houses of Parliament
  • Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism (2010-2011)
  • Chair, Joint Intelligence Committee (1993-1994)
  • Member, Advisory Council, Council on Geostrategy


This event will be hosted in the Palace of Westminster.