The study analyzes disputes and dispute management in the South China Sea. The progress made is outlined through an overview and analysis of formally settled disputes. The unsettled disputes are identified, analyzed, and assessed. The study concludes with a broader assessment from the perspective of dispute management.
During 2010, Vietnam's economy continued its recovery from the global recession. Politically, preparations for the Congress of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam gained momentum. Vietnam's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations dominated in its foreign relations. China remained a major partner and a geo-strategic challenge.
During 2009, Vietnam faced the continued global recession, while its economy started to recover. Domestically, stability prevailed, but the authorities kept a vigilant eye on groups operating outside government-recognized organizations. Vietnam's membership in the U.N. Security Council was a major diplomatic achievement. China remained a major partner and a geostrategic challenge.