Category: Politics

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…

“Referendum result must obey the Party’s will”

Deputies attending the seventh meeting of the 13th National Assembly set their vigilant eye on the draft Referendum Law, which they think is not relevant to the Vietnamese context where “people’s knowledge is limited.” A deputy from Hanoi, Ha Minh Hue,…

Vietnam shrugs off China’s unilateral fishing ban in East Sea

THANH NIEN – Vietnam has protested and dismissed China’s annual ban on fishing ban in the East Sea, the Vietnamese name for the South China Sea, for the next two-and-a-half months. Le Hai Binh, spokesman for the Vietnamese foreign affairs…

Exclusive: Tom Malinowski says Vietnam promised to reform its Penal Code

DOAN TRANG – Exclusive interview by VNRN with Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski, Head of Delegation, US Delegation to the 19th US-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue (May 7-8). My name is Trang, I’m an independent journalist and blogger in Vietnam, covering political…

Environmentalists exert more pressure on Hanoi authority

VNRN – The group “For A Green Hanoi” on Wednesday has met up with the “Citizen Meeting” office of the local People’s Committee to hand in a list of unanswered question, taking a step further in their cause to protect trees in…