Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

China eyes “geopolitical gimmickry” in Washington

China has been watching the visit by the Vietnamese Communist Party boss to Washington closely, with many commentators seeing it as part of US strategy to contain China. Some see signs that  the United States is making mischief by trying…

Warm reception for party boss in Washington

Warm welcome for Mr Trong in the Oval Office In a historic encounter in the White House, President Obama welcomed the leader of the Vietnamese Communist party, Nguyen Phu Trong. Both leaders spoke of the growing friendship between the two…

Trong walks tightrope in United States

Four decades after the fall of Saigon the warm welcome afforded a Vietnamese Communist Party leader in the Oval Office appears to signal a new phase in relations between the two former enemies. The presence of Nguyen Phu Trong in…

Pressure over party chief’s visit to Washington

Pro-democracy representatives from the Vietnamese community have met White House officials in Washington in advance of the upcoming visit by the Communist party chief, Nguyen Phu Trong. Reports from Washington said the activists called on the National Security Council to…

Dissident voices: Dr Nguyen Quang A

Dr Nguyen Quang A laughs as he explains the cat and mouse games he’s obliged to play with the police and Communist party henchmen. As a prominent intellectual and dissident, he and a network of fellow writers face frequent warnings…

Leadership contest thrown open by minister’s illness

After days of rumours about the health of the Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, officials have confirmed that he had an emergency operation for a lung tumour in Paris. A powerful conservative with a pro-China background, General Thanh has…

Rights activists question US arms sales to Vietnam

(VOA) – The announcement last week that the United States is partially lifting an arms ban on Vietnam has been welcomed as an important step in warming ties between the two nations. However, human rights activists have criticized the move. Despite…

Prison sentences imposed on farmers for protesting land grab

VNRN – Three land activists from Duong Noi [Dương Nội], a village in suburban Hanoi mostly known for its long-standing land disputes, on Friday appeared before the Ha Dong People’s Court. While they were on trial, dozens of their supporters…