Category: News

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 paying price for SCS climbdown

Vietnam may have to pay millions of dollars in compensation to a Spanish oil firm following its latest retreat in the face of threats from China. Repsol has confirmed that it is in talks with the Vietnamese government following the…

Vietnam outgunned by relentless Chinese build-up

Reports that China has installed advanced missile systems in the Spratly islands come as a further blow to Vietnam’s attempts to assert its territorial claims in the area. Intelligence reports quoted by US media indicate that China has set up…

Slovakian role in Berlin abduction ?

Vietnam’s relations with Europe look set to deteriorate still further following allegations about the involvement of Slovakia in the abduction of a Vietnamese official last year. The Slovakian foreign ministry has denied knowingly assisting in the kidnap but warned that…

Vietnam in the dock in Berlin Kidnap trial

The trial has begun in Berlin of a member of the kidnap gang allegedly sent by the Vietnamese government to Germany last summer to seize a fugitive official. Prosecutors are presenting evidence of a Cold War style intelligence operation to…