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Markets Show more Markets links. Viet Nam and the Philippines have taken pragmatic steps to mend ties with China after new administrations took office in both countries this summer.

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World Show more World links. Improving relations between China and some of its neighbors cool tension in the South China Sea. When they took up this task in , they had little experience with designing large-scale public buildings, let alone buildings with such major political significance. In , Chinese architectural delegations were sent out by state government to investigate the latest developments in the construction industries in North Korea, Italy, France, and Japan. It will highlight the complex interconnections of political shifts inside and outside China, the dynamic exchange of knowledge across distances, and the formal moves in design practice. Questo articolo porta su un gruppo di edifici diplomatici costruiti a Pechino negli anni Settanta, in un momento cruciale per la politica nazionale cinese e per le relazioni con gli esteri.

Around a month later, from October , the newly-elected Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, made an ice-breaking trip to China. The two official visits, made feasible by diplomatic efforts on both sides, have helped improve both sets of bilateral relations following the strain caused over the last two years over the South China Sea issue.

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The first major breakthrough in China-Viet Nam relations took place on the security front. The Chinese fleet, consisting of two missile frigates and one supply ship, paid a five-day friendly visit to the strategic port. Normally, Viet Nam would not allow the military vessels of another nation to berth at Cam Ranh Bay if bilateral relations were poor. In the past, China and Viet Nam engaged in several armed conflicts and were embroiled in disputes regarding the South China Sea.

This summer, tension caused by the South China Sea arbitration by a Hague-based tribunal that was unilaterally initiated by the Philippines caught the attention of the international community. Hanoi has been closely watching the development of the arbitration case from the very beginning, but decided to resort to communication and dialogue instead of risking confrontation with China.

The bay visit reflects Viet Nam's wish to mend ties with China and maintain normal military exchanges and mutual trust in politics and security.

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The country walks a fine line between the U. The recent political and military visits signal a remarkable change afoot in the South China Sea, meaning the strategic wall built by the United States and its allies against China is not that solid.

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Meanwhile, Duterte has brought flexibility to the rigidity of the country's former administration's handling of the South China Sea. On the one hand, Duterte has often been critical of Philippine-U. On the other hand, he has been working to improve the country's relations with China and has inked a number of deals favorable to the Philippines during his Beijing trip. The friendly signals from Viet Nam and the Philippines and the positive response from China have led to a drop in tension in the South China Sea. The two countries are expected to put aside their disputes with China for the moment, though their territorial claims in the region are likely to remain.

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The Obama administration has tried to build a strategic encirclement of nations over the last five years to contain China. The fact that Viet Nam and the Philippines have taken steps to relieve tension with China indicates the U.

Considering the improvement in relations between China and the two aforementioned member states, China should be able to enhance its relationship with ASEAN as well. Washington remains cautious about what this new Philippine president has to say and offer, while the U. President Barack Obama openly claimed Duterte is a "colorful person. Only three days after Duterte's Beijing visit, U.