Category: Politics

Protests expose government weakness on China

Large scale protests over the weekend have forced the government into retreat, obliging it to postpone plans for the establishment of new economic zones. Government leaders appealed for calm, appearing shocked by the extent of public anger and the scale…

Demand for transparency receives no response

Pressure is growing on Vietnam’s top leader to declare his own assets as he claims credit for cleaning up the Communist party and rooting out corrupt officials. An open letter, signed by some senior former officials and other citizens, called…

Trong lords it over party meeting

As a committed ideologue set on reviving the Communist party, Nguyen Phu Trong, appears to be reaching the apotheosis of his ambitions. Presiding over this week’s plenum of the party’s Central Committee, he looks set to consolidate his ever tightening…

Party shuffle leaves Vietnamese in the dark

In a country where any attempt at meaningful political reporting can land you in jail, Vietnamese citizens are reduced to educated guesswork if they want to know what their representatives are up to. So when a key figure in the…

Trong uses anti-corruption campaign to assert control

As the de facto leader of a populous, booming nation with a storied history in the heart of Southeast Asia, Nguyen Phu Trong can, nonetheless, count on virtually no name recognition outside Vietnam’s borders. Rodrigo Duterte, Aung San Suu Kyi,…

“Hostile forces” out to destroy Communist party: police

Vietnam’s top security official has warned that “hostile forces” are out to topple the government, as four activists were sentenced to lengthy jail terms in one week. A doctor and influential blogger, Ho Van Hai, received a four year term…

Humbled and sentenced: former officials convicted of corruption

A court in Hanoi has handed out long prison sentences to once prominent figures in the Communist party in a clear demonstration of the power and ambition of the party’s current leadership. The former politburo member, Dinh La Thang, and…

Corruption trial set to rile Germany

Relations with Germany look set to deteriorate further as Vietnam prepares to put on trial a former oil industry executive allegedly kidnapped from Berlin in July. Trinh Xuan Thanh could face the death penalty if convicted on charges of embezzlement…

In the cross hairs again, but is PetroVietnam more than a scapegoat ?

In a country where corruption is a deeply entrenched and pervasive aspect of daily life, Vietnam’s much touted anti-graft campaign looks increasingly narrow and open to questions about its effectiveness. Many of the high profile arrests have focused on the…

Nguyen Phu Trong calls the shots

Barely two years ago, Vietnam’s Communist party boss, Nguyen Phu Trong, was being written off as an ideological stick-in-the mud on the brink of retirement. In the intervening months, he has reinvented himself as the central force in Vietnamese politics;…