Category: Politics

City boss falls in run-up to APEC

The dismissal of the Communist party chief in the booming coastal city of Danang has rocked Vietnam’s political establishment just weeks before the city plays host to world leaders including Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. Nguyen Xuan Anh, who also…

President re-emerges to demand tighter controls

The Vietnamese president, Tran Dai Quang, has called for tougher controls on the internet – an intervention that follows weeks of rumours about his own political future. The former internal security chief, who is well known for his intolerance of…

Anti-corruption campaign or political purge ?

China and Vietnam may be at loggerheads over territorial disputes, but the autocratic style of the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, is inspiring some admiration south of the border. The Vietnamese Communist party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, once dismissed as an…

Vietnam risks German backlash

Vietnam is risking an economic and diplomatic backlash from Germany by refusing Berlin’s demand to return the former oil executive, Trinh Xuan Thanh. It continues to insist that he returned home voluntarily to face charges of economic mismanagement, dismissing Germany’s…

Party calls for “dialogue” as repression continues

The Communist party has indicated that it is open to “dialogue and debate” with the people – a rare admission that the party does not hold all the answers. The proposal, from a leading member of the politburo, suggests that…

Party boss takes offensive on corruption

The General Secretary of the Communist party, Nguyen Phu Trong, has signalled that more senior officials are being targeted for corruption and maladministration. He told attendees at a town hall meeting in Hanoi that they should wait to hear about…

Downfall of party highflyer suggests leadership infighting

The Communist party’s decision on Sunday to dismiss a prominent member of the Politburo could be the harbinger of further ructions in the leadership, according to observers. Dinh La Thang, who is also party boss in Ho Chi Minh City,…

Vietnam in firing line on trade

Vietnam is facing the threat of possible trade retaliation from the United States following President Trump’s order of a thorough review of the giant US trade deficit. Vietnam last year ran a $32 billion trade surplus with the United States,…

Religious groups vulnerable amid growing repression

The Vietnamese government’s sustained crackdown on dissent is triggering fears amongst religious communities about their own vulnerability to persecution. Some believe that a controversial new religious law passed late last year could leave them exposed to renewed harassment and intimidation…

Violent assaults designed to intimidate young activists

It started as a class for young would-be activists eager to learn about their political rights. It ended a few weeks later with a police raid and vicious assaults on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. The violent attacks…