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Vietnam seeks gains from trade war

Growing tension between China and the United States over the last year has presented Vietnam with a number of opportunities, increasing its appeal to foreign investors. Vietnam has quietly welcomed manufacturers seeking respite from a spasmodic trade war, as Presidents…

Police permit anti-China rally

Some 150 demonstrators staged a march in central Hanoi to mark the anniversary of a naval clash with China in which 64 Vietnamese sailors were killed. The protesters waved banners and posters and chanted slogans during an hour long demonstration…

Prison confirmed for youth who wore Saigon insignia

The court of appeal in Hanoi has reduced a prison term imposed on a young protester, who took part in an environmental rally in the city last year. Nguyen Viet Dung was convicted of inciting disorder and was sentenced to…

Assault on labour activists – despite TPP

Two labour activists say they were detained and brutally beaten by police after taking up the case of some 2,000 workers sacked by a South Korean company. Do Thi Minh Hanh and Truong Minh Duc said they were repeatedly assaulted…

“Tougher penalties for government critics” – report

The Vietnamese government is planning even harsher penalties to stifle dissent and arrest its critics, according to a report by the New York based organisation, Human Rights Watch. The group called on the United States and other signatories to the…

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…

Vietnamese activists welcome Myanmar Landslide

Pro-democracy activists in Vietnam have been celebrating the overwhelming opposition victory in the Myanmar election and have expressed hope it will inspire change in Vietnam. Many took to social media to express their delight at the sight of tens of…

Diplomats show concern over death penalty case

Diplomats from 13 Western countries have met the family and supporters of a condemned man whose case has highlighted concerns about the fairness of Vietnam’s legal system and its use of the death penalty. Shortly before he was due to…

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 visit prompts more police violence

Tension is increasing in Hanoi on the eve of the visit by the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, with a significant increase in the number of attacks reported on activists and independent bloggers. Activists say the police and their plainclothes auxiliaries…