Category: Politics

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…

Leadership contest thrown open by minister’s illness

After days of rumours about the health of the Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, officials have confirmed that he had an emergency operation for a lung tumour in Paris. A powerful conservative with a pro-China background, General Thanh has…

Top “Anti-China” diplomat dies at 88

A former top diplomat, Tran Quang Co, renowned for his revelations about Vietnam’s highly sensitive ties with China, died on June 25 at the age of 88. He was one of the first senior officials to call for the normalisation…