Lye Liang Fook

Mr Lye Liang Fook is Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme and Coordinator of the Vietnam Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

His research focus covers China’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, China-Singapore relations, Vietnam’s foreign policy and key political developments in Vietnam. His publications have appeared in Routledge, Eastern Universities Press, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Publishing, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Publishing and World Scientific Publishing, the International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies and China: An International Journal. He was previously Research Fellow and Assistant Director at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore.

Articles by Lye Liang Fook (12)

Vietnam’s State Reshuffles: Subtle Appointments

Ha Hoang Hop|Lye Liang Fook

The 11th plenary session of Vietnam’s 14th National Assembly has largely re-affirmed the outcomes of the 13th Party Congress. There are, however, subtle appointments that are worthy of note.

Vietnam’s Leadership Reshuffles: Breaking from Established Conventions

Ha Hoang Hop|Lye Liang Fook

Vietnam’s 13th National Congress may turn out to be the most memorable in terms of the number of established conventions that are overturned.

Communist Party of Vietnam Leadership Appointments – The Geography Factor

Ha Hoang Hop|Lye Liang Fook

The Communist Party of Vietnam’s upcoming 13th National Congress will see appointments to the country’s highest political offices. To date, the general secretary and prime minister are selected from two different regions. This a top-down practice that nurtures political groups whose members are connected by their geographical origins. There are indications that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Tran Quoc Vuong, current standing member of the CPV’s Secretariat, are candidates for the position of general secretary. The former is from the Centre (a break from tradition), while the latter is a Northerner.

A medical worker shows a syringe with the Sinovac Biotech vaccine

Wang Yi’s African Tour: What it Means for Southeast Asia

Lye Liang Fook

Wang Yi’s first overseas trip this year to Africa has implications for Southeast Asia.

China-US Competition: Southeast Asia Can Decide What’s Best

Lye Liang Fook

Southeast Asian countries prefer a healthy balance of power between major powers in the region. This is often overlooked by China and the United States, which want them to take a stand on issues of concern.