Phân tích thỏa thuận ExxonMobil và PetroVietnam

Chuyện ExxonMobil có lẽ không quá mới như nhiều người tưởng.

Trước hết tóm tắt hai thỏa thuận ký ngày 13/1/2017:

ExxonMobil và PetroVietnam Exploration Production Company ký 2 hợp đồng để khai thác dự án Cá Voi Xanh (Blue Whate) – một “head of agreement” cho khung dự án (project framework) và một “head of agreement” về giá hơi gas.

Head of agreement thì chưa phải là hợp đồng mà chỉ là một số điểm tổng quát để khai triển hợp đồng sau này.  Head of agreement do đó chưa có giá trị pháp lý của một hợp đồng.  Tuy vậy, thường nó cũng cho biết là hai bên đã rất nghiêm chỉnh làm việc với nhau.  Ở đây ta sẽ dùng chữ “thỏa thuận” cho hai heads of agreement này. Tiếp tục đọc “Phân tích thỏa thuận ExxonMobil và PetroVietnam”

Exxon-Vietnam gas deal to test Tillerson’s diplomacy


The multi-billion dollar joint energy project comes amid past Chinese threats and tough Trump administration talk on the South China Sea

January 23, 2017 11:44 AM (UTC+8)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January. Photo: AFP / Saul Loeb

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January. Photo: AFP / Saul Loeb

Trump’s Top Diplomat Would Bring Complex History With China From Exxon Days


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  • Tillerson also has years of expertise dealing with China
  • Exxon has operated with Vietnam in disputed South China Sea
Can’t Imagine Tillerson Being in Putin’s Pocket: Nye

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for top U.S. diplomat comes with Chinese geopolitical entanglements. In his favor is years of dealing with some of the country’s biggest oil companies.

As chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp. since 2006, Rex Tillerson has seen his company snared in territorial disputes in the South China Sea. An exploration venture with Vietnam has brought it into the cross hairs of China, one of the countries claiming the disputed waters. Tiếp tục đọc “Trump’s Top Diplomat Would Bring Complex History With China From Exxon Days”

Vietnam, US talk to strengthen bilateral ties

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Vietnam and the US should sustain and strengthen economic and trade links, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said, describing these links as key to bilateral relations.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The Vietnamese official, who is on an official visit to the US from 20-21 April, made the suggestion at a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Advisor of the US National Security Council Herbert Raymond McMaster on April 20 in Washington DC.

He reaffirmed Vietnam’s consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of relations, and international integration.

Vietnam and the US boast great potential to strengthen cooperation, he said, suggesting the two sides expand links in education, training, science-technology, security-defence, and humanity, and in overcoming the consequences of war. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam, US talk to strengthen bilateral ties”

US pledges nuclear defence for Japan and South Korea

“The United States remains steadfast in its defence commitments to its allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, including the commitment to provide extended deterrence, backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional defence capabilities,” Tillerson said in a joint statement after meeting the foreign ministers in Bonn.

North Korea has carried out repeated missile launches despite UN sanctions and last year conducted two nuclear tests in a bid to develop a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.

Pyongyang said the latest missile tested on Sunday could carry a nuclear warhead.

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Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea Remarks Foreshadow Possible Foreign Policy Crisis

Rex W. Tillerson, the nominee for secretary of state, told senators on Wednesday that China’s actions in the South China Sea were “akin to Russia’s taking of Crimea.” Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

HONG KONG — Rex W. Tillerson’s call for China to be denied access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea, made Wednesday during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state, set the stage for a possible crisis between the world’s two biggest economies should his comments become official American policy.

Mr. Tillerson told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that China’s multibillion-dollar island-building campaign in the oil-and-gas rich sea was illegal and “akin to Russia’s taking of Crimea.”

“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops,” Mr. Tillerson told the senators. “And second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”

Should those words be translated into action after Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency on Jan. 20, it would be a remarkable change in the American approach to Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea, which is transforming the area into what one Washington think tank said would by 2030 become “virtually a Chinese lake.” China asserts sovereignty over most of the South China Sea despite competing claims by countries including Vietnam and the Philippines and an international ruling rejecting most of Beijing’s assertions.

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