Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

No escape: runaway agent returned to Hanoi

A fugitive Vietnamese property developer and intelligence agent has been arrested in Hanoi following a desperate bid for freedom that ended with his arrest in Singapore. Officials in Singapore said that Phan Van Anh Vu had been deported for using…

Fugitive held in Singapore

Vietnam’s domestic battles have again spilled over into a third country, with the detention in Singapore of a fugitive property developer and former intelligence officer. Lawyers told foreign media that Phan Van Anh Vu was detained last week at a…

Army joins battle for internet

An announcement that the Vietnamese military is joining an offensive against the free use of social media marks a significant escalation in the Communist party’s drive to reassert control. The army said it was deploying a 10,000 strong cyber warfare…

Courts move to silence government critics.

Vietnam’s judiciary has maintained its implacable approach to political dissent, confirming a nine year sentence for a prominent rights campaigner and jailing five others for flying the old Saigon flag. The rulings cap a year in which judges have willingly…

In the cross hairs again, but is PetroVietnam more than a scapegoat ?

In a country where corruption is a deeply entrenched and pervasive aspect of daily life, Vietnam’s much touted anti-graft campaign looks increasingly narrow and open to questions about its effectiveness. Many of the high profile arrests have focused on the…

Europeans condemn – but is Hanoi listening ?

The European Parliament has condemned growing repression in Vietnam and appealed for the release of independent bloggers jailed under national security provisions. The resolution, expressing grave concern about abuses in Vietnam, comes at a time when many Western governments are…

Vietnam on back foot as China tightens grip in SCS

China has greatly increased its military potential in the South China Sea during 2017 according to a report released by an independent research group. Hangers, bunkers and radar facilities have been completed on sprawling sites across the Spratly and Paracel…

Nguyen Phu Trong calls the shots

Barely two years ago, Vietnam’s Communist party boss, Nguyen Phu Trong, was being written off as an ideological stick-in-the mud on the brink of retirement. In the intervening months, he has reinvented himself as the central force in Vietnamese politics;…

China style campaign targets senior officials

China’s President, Xi Jinping, described his anti-corruption campaign as a hunt for “tigers and flies”. The Vietnamese police have now bagged a “tiger” of their own, in a drive that increasingly parallels developments north of the border. The police announced…

Vietnam shrugs off foreign appeals for blogger

The confirmation on Thursday of a ten-year jail term for the blogger known as Mother Mushroom has highlighted the Communist government’s utter disregard for foreign criticism of its human rights record. The 38-year-old blogger and single mother of two young…