Category: Opinions

Party fears coordination by activists

Vietnam has jailed more than fifty activists and bloggers this year as its crackdown on dissent gathers pace. The harshest treatment has been reserved for educated urban bloggers who have taken up the cause of vulnerable rural communities. On Friday,…

Dissent punished as crackdown continues

Protesting against the evils of foreign capital was once the sine qua non of orthodox Marxist behaviour, and yet the Communist party of Vietnam continues to target such activities in its harshest crackdown for years. In a Ho Chi Minh…

Vietnam buoyed by Russian power play

Vietnam is building on its close strategic ties with Russia at a time when Moscow is asserting its power in Asia on a scale not matched since the height of the Cold War. Vietnam placed orders for $1 billion dollars…

Vietnam seeks help in South China Sea

A meeting with President Putin and the visit of a British warship have come as a boost to Vietnam as it struggles to counterbalance the growing power of China in the South China Sea. President Putin told the visiting General-Secretary…

Muscle flexing increases in South China Sea

Shadow boxing in the South China Sea between China and the US and its allies is reaching a new level as Japanese naval vessels join a US task force in the region. Japan’s largest ship, the helicopter carrier Kaga, and…

Foes united in tributes to John McCain

Senator John McCain embodied the roller coaster ride of US-Vietnamese relations like no other figure. His death elicited heartfelt tributes from bitter foes on all sides of the conflict – from Vietnamese communist leaders as well as anti-communist refugees and…

War hero who turned on the Communist party

Perhaps only Ho Chi Minh himself could have delivered a more telling indictment of the Communist party. Colonel, Bui Tin, who has died in Parisian exile at the age of 90, was the ubiquitous hero of Vietnam’s wars of independence…

Vietnam risks Chinese ire with latest oil project

Vietnam is risking a belligerent response from China with its latest gambit to increase dwindling oil and gas production in the South China Sea. A new agreement to involve two Japanese firms in the latest project could be seen by…

Slovakia in spotlight over Thanh abudction

Vietnamese agents are alleged to have celebrated with champagne after abducting the fugitive official, Trinh Xuan Thanh, from Berlin last July. A year later, they find themselves looking back on a botched job, the fallout from which continues to reverberate…

Spy case raises more questions

The jailing of a fugitive spy for nine years at a closed door trial in Hanoi this week has raised further questions about the Communist party’s handling of Vietnam’s latest espionage drama. Phan Van Anh Vu made a dramatic bid…