Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Mass protests against Chinese plans

Protests have erupted in cities across Vietnam over fears that China will exploit new economic zones to increase its influence in the country. The demonstrations highlight deeply rooted anti-Chinese sentiment in the country and send a clear warning to the…

Leading dissidents released and exiled

The Vietnamese authorities have released and expelled one of the country’s most prominent dissidents, Nguyen Van Dai, and his assistant, Le Thu Ha. The pair arrived in the German city of Frankfurt on Friday morning following their surprise release. The…

EU urged not to ratify trade deal with Vietnam

Pressure is growing on the European Union to reject a free trade agreement with Vietnam because of growing political repression in the Southeast Asian nation. The agreement would cut tariffs and help boost trade and investment but has yet to…

China scare over investment zones

The government is struggling to finalise a law for the establishment of special economic zones following warnings that China could exploit them to expand its influence. Prominent economists, intellectuals, and some members of the National Assembly have added their voices…

Campaign for Nobel Peace Prize

The blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize a year after she was sentenced to ten years in prison for criticising the government. A history professor from Canada, Dr Marc Arnal, submitted her name…

Attempt to stop flight of corrupt officials

The Communist party has taken steps to prevent corrupt members from fleeing abroad, opening itself up to jibes that it’s bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted. The party has suffered severe embarrassment over the flight of wanted…

China asserts itself in SCS

China has openly confronted US Navy ships in the South China Sea, a sign of Beijing’s growing confidence over its position in the strategic waterway. The People’s Liberation Army announced that it had sent warships to challenge a US destroyer…

New challenge over gas fields

Vietnam’s latest challenge to China’s growing dominance in the South China Sea has so far been met with a muted reaction from Beijing. Vietnam gave the go-ahead this month for drilling in disputed waters off its southeastern coast to the…

Vietnam as model for North Korea ?

For a country with one of the most oppressive political systems in Asia, Vietnam is not often held up as a model for emulation by other countries. So it is with some enthusiasm that Vietnamese officials have embraced reports that…

Demand for transparency receives no response

Pressure is growing on Vietnam’s top leader to declare his own assets as he claims credit for cleaning up the Communist party and rooting out corrupt officials. An open letter, signed by some senior former officials and other citizens, called…