Australia and Vietnam: Strategic Partners in the Indo-Pacific Era

Australia and Vietnam: Strategic Partners in the Indo-Pacific Era
By Kyle Springer and Ambassador Craig Chittick on 30 March 2018

South-East Asia | International Relations

Vietnam has emerged as one of Australia’s most important strategic partners in Southeast Asia and it seems that both countries are poised to reach new heights in their strategic relations in the coming years. Ambassador Craig Chittick, Australia's Ambassador to Vietnam, shares his perspective on the future of Australia-Vietnam relations and how his love for Vietnam emerged twenty years ago.

SHOW NOTES

  • Becoming a diplomat “by accident” (1:15)
  • Working on Southeast Asian issues (3:30)
  • ​Some of Ambassador Chittick’s proudest moments in DFAT (4:50)
  • Visiting Vietnam in 1998 as an Australian backpacker (6:15)
  • Australia and Vietnam signing the Strategic Partnership Agreement (8:25)
  • Vietnam is a modern economic success story (11:30)
  • The linkages between Australia and Vietnam are strong (16:40)