Category: Politics

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…

Fidel Castro’s death exposes divisions in Vietnam

Vietnam’s call for a day of national mourning for Fidel Castro has exposed ideological divisions in a country that still clings, in name at least, to Marxist-Leninist teaching. For the Communist party, Fidel Castro was a comrade in arms in…

Civil Society in limbo as draft bill shelved

New legislation to regulate civil society organisations in Vietnam has again been postponed, amid warnings of anti-state subversion. The National Assembly had been expected to vote on the latest draft of the bill on associations in the middle of this…