Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Vietnam buoyed by Russian power play

Vietnam is building on its close strategic ties with Russia at a time when Moscow is asserting its power in Asia on a scale not matched since the height of the Cold War. Vietnam placed orders for $1 billion dollars…

Vietnam blocks entry of rights advocates

Vietnam has detained and deported a leading human rights official who tried to enter the country to attend a gathering of the World Economic Forum. It also denied a visa to a senior representative of Amnesty International. The moves underline…

Vietnam seeks help in South China Sea

A meeting with President Putin and the visit of a British warship have come as a boost to Vietnam as it struggles to counterbalance the growing power of China in the South China Sea. President Putin told the visiting General-Secretary…

Clashes over environment hit central coast

Police and protesters have clashed around Highway 1 on the central coastline as a simmering environmental dispute turned violent. Demonstrators are reported to have thrown rocks and taken three officials hostage. Witnesses said the police used batons to beat back…

Muscle flexing increases in South China Sea

Shadow boxing in the South China Sea between China and the US and its allies is reaching a new level as Japanese naval vessels join a US task force in the region. Japan’s largest ship, the helicopter carrier Kaga, and…

Vietnam on alert for National Day protests

Security forces have been mobilised in major cities to try to prevent anti-government demonstrations on National Day on Sunday. The government has become increasingly jittery about public manifestations of dissent since large protests swept through Vietnam in June. The Hanoi…

Foes united in tributes to John McCain

Senator John McCain embodied the roller coaster ride of US-Vietnamese relations like no other figure. His death elicited heartfelt tributes from bitter foes on all sides of the conflict – from Vietnamese communist leaders as well as anti-communist refugees and…

Americans jailed in alleged plot

A court in Vietnam has sentenced two Vietnamese-Americans to 14 years in prison for anti-state activities. Ten Vietnamese accomplices also received jail terms of between 5 and 11 years on a charge of helping in a plot to overthrow the…

Environmental campaigner gets longest prison term

A Vietnamese court has handed out one of its longest sentences for years to a civil society activist accused of helping organise protests against an environmental disaster. Le Dinh Luong, 53, was sentenced to twenty years in prison on a…

Activists blindfolded and beaten

A violent assault by police on political activists in Ho Chi Minh City has highlighted the increasingly reckless tactics used by the authorities to crush dissent. Police burst into a private musical performance in the city and attacked the participants,…