Author Archives: Viet Nam Right Now

Vietnam gives up on TPP

Vietnam has abandoned plans to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact following the election of Donald Trump, the first in a series of likely repercussions on relations between Hanoi and Washington. The Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, told the National…

Numerous safety violations at Formosa – news agency

A power cut at the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel plant in April led to toxic waste water flooding into the sea off the central coast, according to a government investigation seen by the Reuters news agency. Full details of the…

Hydropower plant blamed for “murderous” flood

Hydropower plants must be held to account for the loss of lives and the flooding of tens of thousands of homes, say environmental activists. The sudden release of huge volumes of water from plants in north-central provinces in mid-October was…

Trump victory alarms Vietnam

The shock waves from Donald Trump’s victory are only just beginning to reverberate around the world: for Vietnam, the surprise win of the maverick property developer and reality tv star is deeply unsettling and threatens severe strategic consequences. Mr Trump’s…

Workers fight on despite lack of free unions

Hopes that Vietnam would soon get its first independent labour unions appear to be fading along with the prospect for an early ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The United States had insisted on Vietnam’s commitment to free unions as a…

Government spooked by environmental protests

A campaign to demand accountability for one of Vietnam’s worst environmental disasters has triggered a fresh wave of repression from a government already acutely sensitive to criticism. Activists have suffered severe harassment, death threats and arrest for daring to demand…

Religious leaders fear increased persecution

Independent religious leaders in Vietnam have stepped up their attack on proposed new government regulations that they say will consolidate state control over religion. A draft law on belief and religion, currently before the National Assembly, would make it even…

Blogger arrested as government targets environmental critics

Another well-known blogger has been arrested, as the authorities continue their campaign to silence independent voices. Ho Van Hai was detained in Ho Chi Minh City and accused of distributing anti-state information on the internet. The 52-year-old blogger is being…

Questions after another death in police custody

Relatives of a man who died after a police interrogation in the rural north of the country are appealing for a full investigation into the circumstances of his death. Nguyen Cao Tuan, 45, returned home with visible injuries to his…

Vietnam becoming key to US “pivot”

Vietnam and the United States have again signalled their commitment to closer cooperation over the South China Sea at a time of growing questions about the credibility of US strategy in the region. The statement came during talks in Washington…