Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Trump and Xi test Vietnam’s diplomatic skills

Playing host to President Trump and Xi Jinping at the same time – both attending the APEC summit in Danang and then travelling to Hanoi – presents a delicate challenge for Vietnam whose future depends on treading a wary path…

APEC warned – Vietnam’s credibility in doubt

APEC countries have been warned that Vietnam’s credibility as an international partner is in doubt, as the forum’s leaders prepare to gather in Danang for their annual summit at the weekend. 17 international and Vietnamese human rights groups wrote to…

Vietnam, Trump and political repression

The visit of an American president is normally a moment of high sensitivity for the Vietnamese government – an opportunity for rights activists to exert pressure for political reform and fewer arrests. With President Trump due in Vietnam late next…

Lull in tensions as Hanoi ponders next move

China and Vietnam are making another attempt to smooth over their confrontation in the South China Sea, as Vietnam prepares to host President Xi Jinping and other world leaders for the APEC summit next week. China’s foreign ministry says the…

Vietnam, China and the “democratic recession”

Xi Jinping’s consolidation of strong-man rule in China this week signals that the global clash of political cultures is entering a new phase. Autocratic rulers, including Vietnam’s own Communist party bosses, will take heart from Xi’s domestic triumphs, while campaigners…

Student jailed for blog

A 24-year-old student blogger is the latest activist to be jailed, as the government continues a harsh crackdown on freedom of expression. Phan Kim Khanh was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by four years on probation, on a…

Protesters demand release of activist

In a rare show of defiance against a police crackdown on dissent, hundreds of people took to the streets in the north-central province of Ha Tinh to demand the release of a local activist. Some reports said that more than…

Environmental campaigner arrested on subversion charge

Police in the north-central province of Ha Tinh have arrested a female activist as the authorities continue their campaign to silence opposition voices. A police statement said that Tran Thi Xuan was being investigated on a charge of attempting to…

Authorities break promise on land dispute

The police are being accused of deliberate deception as they move to punish those who took part in a violent confrontation over land rights in April. At the time, the authorities were praised for their conciliatory approach as they defused…

Vietnam accused of denying health care to prisoners

Concern is growing for the health of some political prisoners in Vietnam amid reports that the government sometimes withholds adequate medical care to try to force confessions. Most at risk are prisoners with pre-existing conditions, who are held for months…