Category: News

State shipbuilder hit in latest graft probe

Two more officials have been arrested in connection with the failure of state shipbuilding giant, Vinashin, as the Communist party tries to clean up its reputation for entrenched corruption. The former director of Vinashin, Truong Van Tuyen, and the current…

Party to replace village chiefs

The Vietnamese Communist party is attempting to rebuild its strength at the grassroots level as part of a strategy to reinforce its authority. It plans to replace thousands of village chiefs and other local officials with party members. President Nguyen…

Jailed for defacing flag

A Vietnamese blogger has been sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment for defacing the national flag. Huynh Thuc Vy, who is currently pregnant, will not have to serve her sentence until her expected child is three years old….

Vietnam courted by North Korea

North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, is visiting Vietnam this week following reports the regime sees Vietnam as a model for its future development. Mr Ri will spend four days in the country after telling Vietnamese leaders he wants to…

Vietnam defends itself on torture

Vietnam has defended its record on the use of torture and other degrading punishments in the face of growing concern about the country’s human rights record. Vietnam’s actions are currently under review by the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva,…

Vietnam seeks boost from trade pact

Vietnam’s ratification of the TPP trade agreement is expected to boost economic growth but is unlikely to deliver the radical reforms that were once anticipated. The National Assembly on Monday unanimously approved the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership…

New push to constrain social media

The Vietnamese government is stepping up monitoring of social media as it seeks ways to stifle the voice of independent bloggers and other critics. It says it has already established a “national centre” with the capacity to read and evaluate…

Vietnam sees win win from TPP

Vietnam is pushing ahead with ratification of the slimmed down TPP, confident that it can reap economic rewards from enhanced trade without the need for radical reform. President Nguyen Phu Trong last week presented the trade pact to the National…

Draft law threatens draconian controls on social media

Vietnam is pushing ahead with plans to impose rigid regulation on global technology companies despite warnings the legislation could scare off investors. The government released a draft decree on the implementation of the law which activists fear will be used…

Party intellectual targeted over ideology

The Communist party has targeted a prominent intellectual for “serious wrongdoing” in what could presage a new drive against liberal thinkers in the leadership. Chu Hao, the head of Tri Thuc Publishing House and a former deputy science minister, faces…