Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Battle against motorbikes doomed to failure ?

Vietnam’s Communist party is stepping up an undeclared war on the motorcycle – with Ho Chi Minh City the latest conurbation to plan radical curbs on its swarming scooter traffic. The authorities in Hanoi were first to take the offensive…

Sailors killed in Spratly massacre honoured

Vietnam has unveiled a large memorial to 64 sailors who were killed defending a contested reef in the Spratly Islands from Chinese forces in 1988. The official commemoration of the clash – nearly three decades after the event – underlines…

Drive to silence critics continues

The judicial authorities plan to put another female activist on trial following the ten-year jail term imposed on the blogger known as Mother Mushroom last month. Tran Thi Nga, a campaigner for women’s rights and democratic freedoms, will face trial…

Vietnam stands up to China in disputed waters

Vietnam is increasingly seizing the initiative in the South China Sea in a calculated challenge to China’s dominant position. In recent days Vietnam openly defied China by drilling for oil in contested waters near the Spratly Islands. It has also…

Abuse of power provoked violent confrontation

State prosecutors have brought criminal charges against 14 local officials for their involvement in one of Vietnam’s most volatile land disputes. The indictments amount to a rare acknowledgement by the Communist authorities that abuse of power helped provoke a violent…

Vietnam defiant despite international outrage

The imposition of a ten-year prison sentence on one of Vietnam’s most acclaimed bloggers signals a growing mood of defiance in the Communist party leadership. The harshness of the prison sentence announced on Thursday for Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who…

10 years jail for prominent blogger

The blogger known as Mother Mushroom has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on a charge of conducting propaganda against the state. The sentence is one of the harshest for a political activist and human rights campaigner in recent…

Stripped of citizenship and expelled

Vietnam has been accused of plumbing new depths by stripping an academic of his citizenship and forcibly deporting him. Professor Pham Minh Hoang arrived in Paris on Sunday after police forced him from his home in Ho Chi Minh City…

China cancels military talks

China has abruptly cut short military talks with Vietnam, raising fears of a spike in tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea. Chinese state media reported that General Fan Changlong, the vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, had…

China vexed by Vietnamese diplomacy

Vietnam’s drive for international support in the South China Sea is showing signs of riling the Chinese leadership, which is set on asserting Beijing’s dominance. Recent visits by the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to Washington and Tokyo have…