Category: Politics

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…

“Anti-state” Dieu Cay meets US President

US President Barack Obama on Friday held a talk with blogger Nguyen Van Hai (aka. Dieu Cay), who used to be considered “anti-state” and sentenced to almost 15 years of imprisonment by the police-dominated courts in Vietnam. The meeting is particularly…

Lost chance for the winning side

A scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy told the BBC that the winning side of communist Vietnam lost an opportunity in 1975 when they declined to take advantage of what their opponent, the South Vietnam, had…