Category: Politics

EU urged to condemn beatings

The European Union has been urged to hold Vietnam to account over escalating attacks on dissidents as the two sides sit down for their annual human rights dialogue. The EU and Vietnam concluded negotiations for a free trade deal this…

Vietnam and Philippines to cooperate against China

Vietnam and the Philippines have upgraded their relationship to a “strategic partnership” – involving closer military cooperation – in a clear gesture of defiance to China. Meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Manila, President Truong Tan Sang…

Tense confrontation as lawyers challenge police

A confrontation has escalated between police and human rights lawyers, who have taken up the case of a teenager who died from injuries sustained in police custody. The lawyers suffered a violent assault, and one was temporarily detained, after they…

Vietnam to allow free labour unions ?

Vietnam has agreed to wide ranging labour reforms, including allowing the formation of free and independent trade unions with the right to strike, under the terms of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreed last month. The complete text of the TPP,…

Xi tries to repair relations with Vietnam

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, has left Vietnam after a two day charm offensive in which he tried to repair some of the damage to relations caused by their territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The two sides said…

“Xi not welcome in Vietnam” – activists

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has been enjoying a lavish welcome on his visit to Britain – feted by the Conservative government there as the harbinger of a “golden era” in relations between Beijing and London. The visit highlights the…

Decisive moment for Vietnam as TPP is agreed

It’s the largest regional trade pact ever agreed – and according to some economists, Vietnam could emerge as the biggest winner. After five years of secret negotiations, and some tense 11th hour brinkmanship at the final session in Atlanta, twelve…

Bloggers react with joy, alarm and anger to White House meeting

The sight of the General-Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party being greeted in the Oval Office has been met with mixed emotions by Vietnamese at home and those resident in the United States. Bloggers expressed a wide range of sentiments…

Warm reception for party boss in Washington

Warm welcome for Mr Trong in the Oval Office In a historic encounter in the White House, President Obama welcomed the leader of the Vietnamese Communist party, Nguyen Phu Trong. Both leaders spoke of the growing friendship between the two…

Pressure over party chief’s visit to Washington

Pro-democracy representatives from the Vietnamese community have met White House officials in Washington in advance of the upcoming visit by the Communist party chief, Nguyen Phu Trong. Reports from Washington said the activists called on the National Security Council to…