Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Vietnam seeks gains from trade war

Growing tension between China and the United States over the last year has presented Vietnam with a number of opportunities, increasing its appeal to foreign investors. Vietnam has quietly welcomed manufacturers seeking respite from a spasmodic trade war, as Presidents…

Jail for entrepreneurial spy

The Ministry of Public Security is a feared institution that relentlessly hunts down government critics, but its reputation for heedless impunity is being undermined by President Trong’s anti-corruption drive. A runaway spy and property tycoon with close links to the…

Vietnam in dock at Geneva

Vietnam has failed to honour the commitments it made on human rights at the United Nations and is becoming even more repressive, according to international monitors. In a submission to the universal periodic review (UPR) at the UN human rights…

Industry warning on new cyber security law

Facebook and other technology groups have stepped up their criticism of Vietnam’s new cyber security law, warning it could have damaging consequences for the economy. They say a provision that companies must store data in country signalled a hostile policy…

State shipbuilder hit in latest graft probe

Two more officials have been arrested in connection with the failure of state shipbuilding giant, Vinashin, as the Communist party tries to clean up its reputation for entrenched corruption. The former director of Vinashin, Truong Van Tuyen, and the current…

China playing for time in South China Sea

Vietnam fears that China is playing for time in talks on the South China Sea and will use the delay to cement its grip on the disputed waters. Vietnamese state media highlighted comments by the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, that…

Party to replace village chiefs

The Vietnamese Communist party is attempting to rebuild its strength at the grassroots level as part of a strategy to reinforce its authority. It plans to replace thousands of village chiefs and other local officials with party members. President Nguyen…

Jailed for defacing flag

A Vietnamese blogger has been sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment for defacing the national flag. Huynh Thuc Vy, who is currently pregnant, will not have to serve her sentence until her expected child is three years old….

Vietnam courted by North Korea

North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, is visiting Vietnam this week following reports the regime sees Vietnam as a model for its future development. Mr Ri will spend four days in the country after telling Vietnamese leaders he wants to…

Trong denounces independent thinking in the party

President Nguyen Phu Trong has warned that free thinking poses a fundamental threat to the Communist party and must be resisted. In comments to constituents in Hanoi, Mr Trong outlined the rationale behind the recent purge of a prominent intellectual,…