Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

China cancels military talks

China has abruptly cut short military talks with Vietnam, raising fears of a spike in tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea. Chinese state media reported that General Fan Changlong, the vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, had…

China vexed by Vietnamese diplomacy

Vietnam’s drive for international support in the South China Sea is showing signs of riling the Chinese leadership, which is set on asserting Beijing’s dominance. Recent visits by the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to Washington and Tokyo have…

Wave of attacks to silence government critics

A wave of violent attacks on government critics is leading Vietnam into a state of lawlessness and chaos, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The New York based group said a pattern of often brutal assaults on…

Government prepares case against famous blogger

The government has extended the detention of the acclaimed blogger Me Nam (Mother Mushroom) and formally charged her with three offences related to her writing. Me Nam, whose real name is Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, has been held in detention…

Police reverse immunity pledge on land standoff

The police have launched a criminal investigation in a high profile land dispute that exploded into violence in April, despite a pledge at the time that no-one would be prosecuted. The move has sparked allegations of deception and risks inflaming…

Government critic stripped of citizenship

The government has formally notified a former political prisoner, Pham Minh Hoang, that he is being stripped of Vietnamese citizenship for his continued criticism of government policies. The mathematics lecturer from Ho Chi Minh City, who also holds French nationality,…

Priests face threats and intimidation

Pro-government activists have stepped up a campaign of intimidation against Catholic priests who have been helping organise environmental protests on the north-central coast. A CCTV camera showed young men throwing rocks at Van Thai Church in the Quynh Luu District…

Trump happy on trade – for now

President Trump has welcomed the signing of new multi-billion dollar business deals with Vietnam following a meeting in the White House with the visiting Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The meeting was something of a diplomatic coup for Vietnam,…

Suspicion over Buddhist’s “suicide”

Claims that a detained man committed suicide during a police interrogation session have been challenged by the victim’s family and by human rights groups. The body of Nguyen Huu Tan, a member of an independent Buddhist sect, was found on…

Trade and defence likely to trump rights and freedoms

Members of the US Congress have called on President Trump to stress human rights abuses in Vietnam when he meets the visiting prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in Washington next week. “It is bad and getting worse by the day,”…