Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Xi to visit Hanoi amid rising tension in South China Sea

The long expected visit to Vietnam by the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, has been confirmed by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry despite rising tensions in the South China Sea. It said he would visit Hanoi on November 5-6. Some had speculated…

Catholics harassed in Central Highlands

The authorities in Vietnam’s Central Highlands are interfering in the internal affairs of the Catholic Church there and obstructing the construction of chapels, according to an outspoken bishop. He accuses the local government of blocking an invited priest from addressing…

Vietnam watches as US challenges China in Spratlys

Tensions in the South China Sea look set to escalate following a direct challenge by the United States to China’s recent build-up in the disputed Spratly Islands. The US said its aim was to assert “freedom of navigation” by sailing…

Court postpones execution following family’s appeal

A court in Vietnam has postponed the execution of a man in a controversial murder case following an emotional appeal from his family members and other supporters. State media said the court in the north central province of Thanh Hoa…

Last minute appeal in disputed death penalty case

A group of lawyers have petitioned President Truong Tan Sang for the reprieve of a death row inmate, who was acquitted twice on appeal, but is now scheduled to die on Sunday. The lawyers said that Le Van Manh appeared…

Balancing relations between China and the US

Vietnam’s defence minister has stressed the need for friendly relations with both China and the United States and said Vietnam would not side with one against the other. Vietnamese press reports quoted General Phung Quang Thanh as saying that Vietnam…

“Xi not welcome in Vietnam” – activists

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has been enjoying a lavish welcome on his visit to Britain – feted by the Conservative government there as the harbinger of a “golden era” in relations between Beijing and London. The visit highlights the…

US criticises Vietnam on religious freedom

The United States has highlighted continuing restrictions on religious freedom in Vietnam, and abuses against practitioners, in its annual report on religious freedom around the world. The State Department report said that unregistered religious groups in Vietnam were subjected to…

Vietnam on the spot as TPP ratification battle begins

Ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the United States was never expected to be easy. The shock decision by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party front-runner, to oppose it gives an early indication of just how fraught the process is likely…

Decisive moment for Vietnam as TPP is agreed

It’s the largest regional trade pact ever agreed – and according to some economists, Vietnam could emerge as the biggest winner. After five years of secret negotiations, and some tense 11th hour brinkmanship at the final session in Atlanta, twelve…