6 FEBRUARY 2019
Why is Donald Trump meeting Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on 27-28 February?
Vietnam has diplomatic ties with both North Korea and the US. North Korea has an embassy in Hanoi and reports suggest that Kim Jong Un is interested in following Vietnam’s economic and political example
2 JANUARY 2019
Europe, Vietnam reach towards major trade deal
After nearly seven years of negotiations, the European Union and Vietnam appear closer than ever to cinching a major free trade deal, known as the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)
20 DECEMBRE 2018
Holy See and Vietnam agree to a resident nuncio in Hanoi ‘in the near future’
The seventh meeting of the Viet Nam-Vatican Joint Working Group took place in Hanoi yesterday « in a cordial and mutually respectful atmosphere.” The main point of the statement that followed noted that there will be a resident nuncio in Hanoi « in the near future »
22 NOVEMBER 2018
Vietnam Protests New Building by Beijing in South China Sea
China’s construction of a new platform in a remote part of the disputed South China Sea is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, its foreign ministry said on Nov.22
20 NOVEMBER 2018
Vietnam Offers India Chance to Get Tougher Against Maritime Rival China
Advances in relations between Vietnam and India will help both countries resist Chinese expansion in Asia including the contested South China Sea, Asia scholars say
3 NOVEMBER 2018
Vietnam and France businesses ink agreements worth US$10 billion
Vietnam and France support the signing of the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and commit to free trade, the government portal reported during the current visit by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to Vietnam
15 OCTOBER 2018
Mattis trip to Vietnam aimed at countering China’s influence
By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China’s military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American wariness about Chinese intentions
8 SEPTEMBER 2018
In a bid to bolster defences, Vietnam buys Russian weapons
At the end of his visit, Dmitry Shugayev, head of Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation reportedly said, “We have a portfolio of orders worth more than $1 billion. »
10 JULY 2018
US, Vietnam to Cooperate on Freedom of Navigation in Disputed South China Sea
The U.S. top diplomat reaffirmed America’s commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region during his first trip to Vietnam, saying Washington and Hanoi will work together to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea
31 MAY 2018
Vietnam and Japan leaders agree on maritime safety cooperation
Leaders of Japan and Vietnam have agreed to bolster cooperation in maritime safety and defense as they expressed shared concern over China’s growing activity in the South China Sea
31 MARCH 2018
Australia and Vietnam tie the knot for strategic partnership
Australia and Vietnam upgraded their bilateral ties to a strategic partnership during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Australia from 14–18 March 2018. The move is not a surprise. As the Australian government states, this elevation ‘reflects Australia and Vietnam’s mature and diverse bilateral relationship’
20 MARCH 2018
Learning From the Battle of the Spratly Islands
15 MARCH 2018
Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact
Australia and Vietnam signed a new strategic partnership Thursday, in an apparent move to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region
3 MARCH 2018
India, Vietnam to enhance cooperation in defence production: PM Narendra Modi
« We have decided that we will enhance cooperation in defence production and explore opportunities in transfer of technology. We will jointly work for an open, independent and prosperous Indo Pacific area where sovereignty and international law is respected, » he said
25 JANUARY 2018
US to send aircraft carrier to Vietnam as ties between old foes deepen in response to rising threat of China
In a post-war first, the United States will send an aircraft carrier to Vietnam, Hanoi’s defence ministry said on Thursday, a major demonstration of deepening military ties between the former enemies more than four decades after the Vietnam war
13 NOVEMBER 2017
Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea
The agreement was announced in a joint statement after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Monday
10 NOVEMBER 2017
How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?
Donald Trump’s presidency thus far has provoked anxiety among the US’ Asian partners and allies. Southeast Asia — a group of small and middle-size states — is particularly concerned about the perceived policy vacuum and fading commitment of the United States. Vietnam is among the countries most closely watching Washington’s policy shifts
24 AUGUST 2017
Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea
Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes
9 AUGUST 2017
Vietnam, US agree to strengthen military ties amid Chinese dispute
Vietnam and the United States have agreed to forge deeper military ties, and an American aircraft carrier has been scheduled to visit the southeast Asian country amid a territorial dispute between Vietnam and China
10 JULY 2017
Vietnam Is Chasing India To Escape The Grip Of China
Now Vietnam is pushing for stronger ties with India. The two countries have explored together for oil in the South China Sea — the one Beijing believes is mostly its own — since at least 2014 when the overseas subsidiary of India’s state-run firm ONGC and PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corp. signed an agreement for exploring three oil blocks despite bristling in Beijing
27 JUNE 2017
The weak points in Vietnam’s military
Despite significant defense investments, some neglected portions of Vietnam’s military are vulnerable to Chinese Attack
4 JUNE 2017
Vietnam’s White House lobbying coup secures strategic gains
When Vietnam’s prime minister sat down with President Donald Trump at the White House last week, it reflected a concerted Vietnamese lobbying effort unmatched by most Asian peers
31 MAY 2017
Trump hails deals with Vietnam, but trade imbalance isn’t so good
US President Donald Trump hailed billions of dollars of deals with Vietnam even as he used a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to highlight the trade imbalance between the two countries
Joint statement by Vietnam, US after PM Phuc’s visit to White House
Hanoi and Washington called for refrain from any tension escalation in the East Vietnam Sea, including “the militarization of disputed features,” had “frank and constructive dialogue” to narrow differences on human rights, agreed to promote bilateral trade, and shared concern over ballistic missile tests by North Korea
11 MAY 2017
Xi calls for more bilateral cooperation as he hosts Vietnamese president
President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for China and Vietnam to boost bilateral cooperation as he received Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, despite the two communist countries being at odds over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
30 MARCH 2017
South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties
Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
19 JANUARY 2017
Arrests as Vietnam breaks up rally against China’s ‘invasion’ of Paracel islands
Vietnamese police on Thursday scuffled with activists marking the 1974 Chinese invasion of a disputed island chain as they arrested several people and dispersed journalists
16 JANUARY 2017
Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as a part of a fresh yen-loan offer totalling 120 billion yen (US$1 billion) to the Southeast Asian country to help its maritime safety efforts amid China’s expanding activities at sea
23 NOVEMBER 2016
Pope and Vietnam’s president meet at the Vatican in bid to warm long-strained ties
Pope Francis has hosted Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican as the two work towards warming long-strained ties, a press release from the Holy See said
4 OCTOBER 2016
US warships make landmark visit to strategic Vietnam port
Two U.S. warships have made their first port call in 21 years at Vietnam’s strategic naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, marking an important step in improving military ties between the former enemies
10 SEPTEMBER 2016
Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties
Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations
3 SEPTEMBER 2016
Vietnam to strengthen defense ties with India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered up to 500 million dollars in loans to Vietnam to boost defense cooperation
29 AUGUST 2016
Vietnam’s Three Strategic Options
In response to Vietnam’s deteriorating security situation, it is likely to choose one of three strategies: 1) continue the current strategy of hedging between the U.S., China and Russia; 2) ally with the U.S. against China; or 3) develop Vietnam’s military capabilities, including a potential nuclear déterrent
11 AUGUST 2016
What the end of the US arms embargo means for Vietnam
The United States’ complete lifting of the decade-long embargo on arms sales to Vietnam marked a historic milestone in US–Vietnam relations, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two former foes. So what will this mean for Vietnamese security and domestic politics?
10 AUGUST 2016
Vietnam ‘moves new rocket launchers’ into South China Sea
Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials
29 JUNE 2016
Việt Nam, Liberia officially establish diplomatic ties
Việt Nam and Liberia signed a joint communiqué establishing bilateral diplomatic ties during a ceremony in Hà Nội
23 MAY 2016
Obama announces full lifting of Vietnam arms embargo
The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced on Monday (May 23) during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy
22 MAY 2016
Obama in Vietnam: Arms and trade deal on agenda as trip begins
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam late Sunday ahead of a three-day trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region
19 MAY 2016
Vietnam to get 2 more Russian frigates this year
Russia’s Zelenodolsk shipyard will deliver two Gepard-class frigates to Vietnam in August and September this year, Russian news agency TASS has reported.
Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN
The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
11 MAY 2016
Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by US companies
Vietnam hosts a defense symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.
12 APRIL 2016
Japanese Maritime SDF destroyers visit port in Vietnam for 1st time
For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
5 APRIL 2016
Analyst: ‘Vietnam not submitting to China on territorial issues’
Vietnamese authorities have captured a Chinese vessel and its crew for allegedly entering its waters. DW talks to security analyst Bill Hayton about the implications of the incident.
4 APRIL 2016
Vietnam seizes Chinese ship for trespassing
Vietnam has seized a Chinese ship and detained its captain and two sailors, accusing the crew of illegally intruding on its waters, state media said
27 MARCH 2016
Vietnam, China to handle sea dispute ‘peaceful, friendly’: defence ministers
Defence ministers of Vietnam and China have agreed that the two countries will continue to handle the East Sea dispute through peaceful and friendly dialogues, according to the Vietnam News Agency
19 FEBRUARY 2016
Vietnam lodges UN complaint against China
Vietnam has lodged a formal complaint to the UN over China’s placement of a surface-to-air missile battery on a disputed island in the South China Sea.
18 FEBRUARY 2016
Vietnam’s China challenge
The General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. The next major challenge for the new leader will be managing the relationship with China.
11 FEBRUARY 2016
India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China
India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said
19 JANUARY 2016
Vietnam warns China against rig activity in disputed waters
Vietnam warned China on Tuesday (Jan 19) against drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, after Beijing steered an oil rig at the centre of a previous stand-off between the countries into a stretch where jurisdiction is unclear
14 JANUARY 2016
Vietnam’s plan to deter China with western warplane purchases
Vietnam is negotiating with American and European manufacturers to purchase new warplanes—including fighters, maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aircraft. The move comes as part of Hanoi’s strategy to lessen its dependence on Russian hardware and to counter China’s growing power
29 DECEMBER 2015
US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents
The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday expressed concern about recent reports of harassment and detentions of human rights advocates, including the recent arrest of a prominent rights advocate in the repressive Southeast Asian country
4 DECEMBER 2015
Vietnam is Israel’s closest ASEAN partner
Israel’s relations with ASEAN countries have not received a great deal of attention. In reality, however, there is an increasing tendency of Israel to benefit from the growing economies of Southeast Asia
6 NOVEMBER 2015
China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace
China and Vietnam have pledged to be « good neighbours » and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea. It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade
6 NOVEMBER 2015
Japan to strengthen defence ties with Vietnam
Japan wishes to strengthen comprehensive ties with Vietnam, particularly in defense, its defense chief said during a meeting with the Vietnamese communist party leader in Hanoi today
21 OCTOBER 2015
Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties
The foreign ministers of Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen their partnership to maintain peace and stability in the region and secure freedom of navigation.Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met in Hanoi on Wednesday
15 SEPTEMBER 2015
Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam
Japan has promised Vietnam ships to strengthen its forces in the South China Sea, with the two nations describing large-scale land reclamation there as a threat to peace — a veiled reference to China
29 JULY 2015
David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam
Cameron’s trip will take in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, almost 40 years after the US ignominiously pulled out in April 1975 and left the country to a form of Communist rule
7 JULY 2015
Vietnam Communist Party leader makes historic US visit
Vietnam’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, has met US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss defence issues and the running conflict with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea
2 JUNE 2015
Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension
Vietnam took delivery of two new missile boats on Tuesday made locally and modelled on Russian vessels, the latest move by its military to strengthen maritime defences as tensions simmer over sovereignty in the South China Sea.
18 MAY 2015
Vietnam Condemns Chinese Ban on Fishing in South China Sea. china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest
Vietnam has strongly condemned a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in the South China Sea, calling the move a violation of its sovereignty, as the neighboring countries seek to repair ties damaged by Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig to the contested waters a year ago
7 APRIL 2015
China’s President Xi Jinping calls for ‘new approach’ to territorial dispute with Vietnam
President Xi Jinping called on the visiting Vietnam Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong on Tuesday to explore a « new approach » to solving the two countries’ disputes
24 MARCH 2015
US and Vietnam: From Foes to Friends
Vietnam’s new ambassador to the United States reflects on the state of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship
7 MARCH 2015
US to provide 6 patrol ships to Vietnam as ties strengthen
Ly V. Thang, head of the defense cooperation office at the US Embassy in Hanoi, said the US and Vietnam are finishing negotiations for the transfer of the vessels, which is expected to take place next year
5 FEBRUARY 2015
Vietnam to continue playing the diplomatic field
The underlying diplomatic philosophy is to create interdependent relations with as many major powers as possible, while avoiding taking sides. And whether or not the benefits outweigh the costs, Vietnam is unlikely to change course any time soon.
29 JANUARY 2015
Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China
The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the East Sea
30 DECEMBER 2014
Vietnam’s 5th Russian-built submarine launched
The fifth of six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam contracted to buy from Russia was launched at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
28 OCTOBER 2014
India’s Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam’s defences
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighouring nuclear-armed giant China
22 OCTOBER 2014
Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight
Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam’s most prominent bloggers whose case was raised by President Barack Obama, was freed two years after being jailed for 12 years by a court in southern Vietnam on charges of « anti-state propaganda. »
Vatican and Vietnam edge closer to restoring diplomatic ties
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.
17 OCTOBER 2014
China, Vietnam pledge to ‘address and control’ maritime disputes
China and Vietnam have agreed to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours.
3 OCTOBER 2014
US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defence
In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea
2 OCTOBER 2014
Vietnam Party General Secretary begins South Korea visit
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Seoul yesterday afternoon, beginning a four-day state visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) at the invitation of President Park Geun-hye.
16 SEPTEMBER 2014
India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties
India extended a US$100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday during a visit to Vietnam by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
10 SEPTEMBER 2014
Vietnam, Vatican Explore Prospects of Restoring Full Ties
Officials from Vietnam and the Vatican began two-day talks Wednesday on prospects of restoring full diplomatic ties as a respected local bishop acknowledged that “conflicts” between the government and church have decreased.
28 AUGUST 2014
Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship
The Party, State and people of Viet Nam have always attached great importance to pursuing the consolidation of Viet Nam and China’s comprehensive strategic partnership, together with the Party, State and people of China, and ensuring the partnership’s sound and long-lasting stable development
22 AUGUST 2014
Delicate diplomacy for Vietnam
Rising territorial tensions and the recent oil rig crisis have put Sino-Vietnamese ties on the rocks, driving Hanoi to ramp up strategic alliances with other regional powers, particularly the United States. But Vietnam is not poised to completely drop the gauntlet by jettisoning its deep-seated reliance on its giant northern neighbor that has both burgeoned and bedeviled bilateral ties.
14 AUGUST 2014
US military chief visits Vietnam, 1st since 1971
U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Thursday became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Vietnam since 1971, seeking to boost military ties between the former foes at a time when Hanoi is embroiled in territorial disputes with China
9 AUGUST 2014
U.S. Sen. McCain: Time to ease arms sales ban on Vietnam
U.S. Sen. John McCain says it’s time for the United States to ease restrictions on arms sales to Vietnam, citing progress the communist country has made on human rights
4 AUGUST 2014
A US-Vietnam Alliance? Not So Fast
Expectations that Hanoi will enter Washington’s embrace appear unrealistic as the pro-Chinese camp prevails in Vietnam
1 AUGUST 2014
Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces the gift during a visit to Vietnam, adding that both nations agree on « maintaining peace and stability » in the region. For a Chinese scholar, the action will be « perceived as hostility by China »
30 JULY 2014
‘Escape’ China, Viet communists urge
A former ambassador to Beijing was among 60 prominent members of Vietnam’s Communist Party urging the country’s leaders to « escape » reliance on China through political and economic reforms
5 JULY 2014
Philippines-Vietnam joint commission to deepen defence ties
The Philippines and Vietnam will form a joint commission to create a “strategic partnership”, as the two former Cold War adversaries forge closer defence ties to confront China over its territorial claims in the region
28 JUNE 2014
Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa in the French colonial period
On March 3, 1925, the Governor General of Indochina issued a statement confirming that Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratlys) belong to Vietnam, part of the French territory. Thus, even in the French-ruled period, Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos continued
19 JUNE 2014
China moving 2nd rig closer to Vietnam
China says it is moving a second oil rig closer to the Vietnamese coast in disputed waters amid continuing tensions and confrontations between ships from the countries
17 JUNE 2014
US envoy nominee open to lifting arms ban to Vietnam
President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to Vietnam said Tuesday it may be time for Washington to consider lifting a ban on the sale and transfer of lethal weapons to the former American enemy
17 JUNE 2014
Top China Diplomat Travels to Vietnam for Talks to Ease Tensions
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi is in Vietnam for talks aimed at easing tension over territorial disputes.
11 JUNE 2014
China uses Vietnamese textbook to back claim in South China Sea dispute
China is using photocopied pages from a geography textbook for Vietnamese ninth-graders published 40 years ago to help win international support for its claim to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea
9 JUNE 2014
China ships ‘rammed 1,400 times by Vietnamese vessels’
Chinese officials have accused vessels from Vietnam of launching more than 1,400 ramming raids on its ships near a drilling rig in the South China Sea.
8 JUNE 2014
Vietnam, Philippines navies in first Spratlys games
Filipino and Vietnamese troops played volleyball and football in a contested South China Sea archipelago Sunday, a landmark act of sports diplomacy that both sides said could ease territorial tensions
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1 JUNE 2014
Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties
Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas
27 MAY 2014
Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat
A Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, a Vietnamese state official said, amid a tense territorial confrontation over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig. http://www.france24.com/en/20140527-vietnam-accuses-china-sinking-fishing-boat/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10857750/Chinese-vessel-rams-and-sinks-Vietnamese-fishing-boat.html
19 MAY 2014
Chinese ships evacuate 3,500 from Vietnam
More than 3,500 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost
18 MAY 2014
China evacuates 3,000 nationals from Vietnam
China has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam after a wave of unrest in the Southeast Asian country following China’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters
17 MAY 2014
China evacuates workers after Vietnam deadly riots
The Chinese government has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam following a wave of anti-Chinese riots, Chinese media report.
16 MAY 2014
China-Vietnam tensions: Beijing vows to continue drilling
China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27434945
15 MAY 2014
Dozens killed in Vietnam anti-China protests
At least five Vietnamese people and 16 others described as Chinese have been killed in the latest incident of rioting, Reuters news agency has reported, as tension between Beijing and Vietnam escalates over the disputed territory in the South China Sea
14 MAY 2014
Vietnam arrests hundreds after anti-China protests
At least 500 people have been arrested after protesters set more than a dozen factories on fire across Vietnam Tuesday amid an eruption of anti-China sentiment following Beijing’s deployment an oil rig in contested waters last week
11 MAY 2014
Vietnam protesters attack China over sea dispute
Hundreds of people across Vietnam have protested against China’s role in a sea dispute – the largest rallies of their kind recently in the communist country
7 MAY 2014
Vietnam Accuses China of Ramming Vessels in S. China Sea
Vietnam says Chinese ships repeatedly rammed and used water cannons against Hanoi’s patrol vessels in the South China Sea, where Beijing has placed an oil rig in disputed waters near the Paracel islands
5 MAY 2014
Vietnam says China’s oil rig movement into South China Sea is ‘illegal’
Vietnam says China’s plan to move its first deep-water drilling rig into the disputed South China Sea, one of Asia’s most volatile hotspots, is illegal and has called for the rig to be removed from what it says is Vietnam’s territorial waters
18 APRIL 2014
Vietnam says 7 killed in shooting on China border
Seven people were killed in a gun battle between border guards and Chinese illegal migrants at a remote frontier crossing in northeast Vietnam, authorities said Friday
20 MARCH 2014
U.S.-Vietnam: From Comprehensive to Strategic Partners?
Lew Stern argues that Vietnam has adopted a new strategic vocabulary that will facilitate an upgrade in U.S.-Vietnam defense relations from a “comprehensive partnership” to a “strategic partnership
11 JANUARY 2014
Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law
The Philippines and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign fishermen to seek Beijing’s approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, but China’s Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do so. http://asiancorrespondent.com/118205/philippines-vietnam-condemn-chinas-fishing-law/
12 DECEMBER 2013
Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam
Vietnam has long been Russia’s closest partner in Southeast Asia, especially during periods in which both countries were seeking to balance against China. Historically, the country has been a major area of focus for China — either as a potential client state extending the Chinese coastline south or as a potential thorn in Beijing’s side. This is the essence of Russia’s interest in Vietnam
30 NOVEMBER 2013
Russia and Vietnam taking it to the next level
Vladimir Putin’s visit to Vietnam earlier this month, his third since assuming the Russian presidency, was accompanied by references to the ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ between both countries. This wording has been adopted since last year, clearly indicating that the two countries are getting closer to each other and intend to cultivate a special bond.
28 NOVEMBER 2013
Vietnam Vote Reaffirms Party Role in Constitution
Ninety-eight percent of Vietnam’s National Assembly voted in favor of revisions to the Southeast Asian country’s 1992 constitution on Thursday, but critics say the changes are a step backward for the country
22 NOVEMBER 2013
Opinion: The Changing Face of Vietnam
Vietnam is a relatively youthful country, and as the youth of today grow up and inherit their country, so too will it adapt to their ideas
16 NOVEMBER 2013
Vietnam banker sentenced to death for fraud
Former finance chief and business associate to die by lethal injection for their parts in embezzlement of $25 million.
13 NOVEMBER 2013
Vietnam gets 2 new deputy PMs
Vietnam’s legislature approves the appointment of two new deputy prime ministers, including Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, bringing to five the number of deputy prime ministers in Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s cabinet.
12 NOVEMBER 2013
Russia’s Putin signs energy, military deals with Vietnam
Russia and Vietnam will cooperate in offshore oil exploration and deepen military ties, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after « constructive and open » talks with his counterpart in Hanoi.
8 NOVEMBER 2013
Vietnam may resume firing squads for exécutions
Country struggles to obtain chemicals needed for lethal injections as 678 people wait on death row
7 NOVEMBER 2013
Amnesty slams Vietnam rights record
Authoritarian Vietnam has stepped up an alarming crackdown on domestic dissent even as it seeks a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International said Thursday.
1 NOVEMBER 2013
Vietnam’s 7reaches 90 million
Vietnam’s population has reached 90 million, ranking 14th among the countries with the largest population in the world, 8th in Asia and 3rd in Southeast Asia, according to Dr Duong Quoc Trong, director of the General Office for Population and Family Planning.
31 OCTOBER 2013
Chinese Confucius Institute Project Raises Concern in Vietnam
A plan to establish an organization that promotes Chinese languages and culture in Vietnam has drawn criticism from Vietnamese scholars, who say Beijing is trying to invade the country with its ideology
29 OCTOBER 2013
Vietnam’s Latest Trial Shows New Generation of Activism
A man in Vietnam has been convicted of « abusing democratic freedoms » for using the social media site Facebook to campaign for the release of his brother, a jailed government critic. It is the latest case involving a new generation of Internet-based activists.Thirty-year-old Dinh Nhat Uy was put on trial Tuesday for posting information on his Facebook page in support for his brother, who is serving a four-year jail sentence for distributing anti-government leaflets
27 OCTOBER 2013
Hundreds Turn Out to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Vietnam
Hundreds of people gathered in the center of Hanoi Sunday morning to watch a staged wedding ceremony between two same-sex couples ahead of a planned parliamentary debate on the topic next month.
23 OCTOBER 2013
Vietnam’s role in ASEAN
Joining ASEAN had crucial social, political, economic and security implications for Vietnam. Vietnam’s membership of the grouping integrated its security with the whole of Southeast Asia and created a favourable environment for economic development. This, in turn, raised Vietnam’s global image, leading to increased cooperation with multiple players in the region and greater bargaining clout with super powers like the United States and China.
19 OCTOBER 2013
Jailed Vietnamese Dissident In New Hunger Strike Over Artwork Seizure
Jailed prominent Vietnamese dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu has begun another hunger strike—this time in protest against the seizure of his artwork he had drawn in prison, according to his wife.
13 OCTOBER 2013
China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues
China and Vietnam will establish a bilateral working group to discuss joint maritime development, a move analysts said is a « breakthrough » for the neighbors to peacefully handle disputes. The countries will establish two other working groups regarding infrastructure and financial cooperation, Premier Li Keqiang and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung told reporters at a news conference after their talks on Sunday http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-Vietnam-set-up-working-group-to-discuss-sea–52762.html
12 OCTOBER 2013
Vietnam’s foreign policy tightrope
Vietnam’s new foreign policy approach, which some analysts have labelled ‘more friends, fewer enemies’, reflects its precarious position as a bird on the wire caught between China and the United States.
State funeral in Vietnam for war hero General Giap
In Vietnam, a state funeral was being held on Saturday for a national hero – General Giap, the independence icon who masterminded military victories over colonial power France in the 1950s and later over the Americans.
11 OCTOBER 2013
Vietnamese civil society bringing political change
Vietnam’s political culture is gradually transforming from totalitarianism to pluralism. Why? Because an emerging and independent civil society is openly challenging communist party rule.
10 OCTOBER 2013
US signs nuclear technology deal with Vietnam
The United States and Vietnam have signed a pact allowing the transfer of nuclear technology to the south-east Asian country, opening the way for US investment in the burgeoning industry.
4 OCTOBER 2013
Vietnam’s General Vo Nguyen Giap dies
Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese general who masterminded victories against France and the US, has died aged 102.
2 OCTOBER 2013
Vietnam dissident Le Quoc Quan jailed over tax evasion
One of Vietnam’s best-known dissidents, Le Quoc Quan, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for tax evasion.
Vietnam’s exports set to surpass target
Vietnam is expected to see an export turnover of US$131 billion this year, representing a 14 per cent increase from 2012. According to a Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) forecast, turnover would be 4 per cent higher than the target set by the National Assembly earlier this year
Vietnam concerned by ageing population
Vietnam ‘s population was ageing rapidly and had entered the « ageing phase », with many challenges to be addressed including income insecurity, inadequate social protection and limited healthcare capacity.
27 SEPTEMBER 2013
How eating dog became big business in Vietnam
Every year, hundreds of thousands of pets are snatched in Thailand, then smuggled into Vietnam, destined for Hanoi’s top restaurants and street stalls. Demand for dogmeat is so high that supply has become a highly lucrative – and brutal – black market
26 SEPTEMBER 2013
Vietnam, France upgrade relations to strategic partnership
Vietnam and France upgraded their ties to a strategic partnership during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s three-day visit to Paris which concluded Thursday 26, Vietnam News Agency reported.
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
Vietnamese Intellectuals File Petition Demanding ‘Civil Society Forum’
More than 100 Vietnamese reform-seeking intellectuals signed a petition calling on the government to establish an open public forum to discuss prospects for democracy in the authoritarian state. It is the latest bid to pressure the country’s Communist leaders to end one-party rule, which rights groups say suppresses virtually all forms of political dissent. o the charter should not be done hastily.
21 SEPTEMBER 2013
Viet Nam unveils plans to overhaul education system
Viet Nam is expected to comprehensively renew education and training by 2030 to effect in both education quality and efficiency.
9 SEPTEMBER 2013
Vietnam, South Korea seeks to sign free trade deal next year
Vietnam and South Korea agreed to conclude a free-trade deal by the end of next year as they seek to expand trade by more than three times and work toward an agreement for two nuclear power plants.
2 SEPTEMBER 2013
Rights groups take aim at Vietnam’s new internet laws
A controversial law to prevent Vietnamese internet users from sharing news articles drew criticism on Tuesday from human rights groups which said the decree is designed to clamp down on dissent in the one-party Communist state.
1 SEPTEMBER 2013
Vietnam internet restrictions come into effect
The decree, known as Decree 72, says blogs and social websites should not be used to share news articles, but only personal information.
29 AUGUST 2013
Visions of a democratic Vietnam
23 AUGUST 2013
Ties strengthen between Japan and Vietnam
Following a shady past, involving Japanese imperialist expansion and controversial ties with the United States, it seems that Japan-Vietnam relations have experienced an observable improvement, especially within the past couple of years. The implications of such close interaction are important, particularly when considering the region’s economic, political and security structure.
20 AUGUST 2013
New Vietnamese party to challenge rules
16 AUGUST 2013
Vietnam media violate child’s right to privacy in reporting abuse: experts
A recent study by the non-government Center for Community Development and Social Work found that every year at least 6,000 news articles fail to protect children’s privacy, Infonet – the online newspaper of the Ministry of Information and Communication reported.
Vietnam frees student activist in rare appeal ruling
A Vietnamese court on Friday overturned a six-year jail term handed to a student activist, freeing her on the spot in a rare show of leniency by the authoritarian nation.
Vietnam activists ‘to form multi-party democracy’
A group of activists in Vietnam have expressed their intention to form a new political party to promote multi-party democracy in the communist country.
15 AUGUST 2013
Vietnam ‘Threatened’ by Chinese, Thai Investments in Laos
Vietnam “feels threatened” by increasing Chinese and Thai investment in neighboring Laos and is concerned that the two countries will dethrone it as the top investor there, according to a senior Lao official. The concern was expressed in a letter from the secretariat of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party to its Lao counterpart
9 AUGUST 2013
Vietnam Tries Public-Private Partnerships
The concept of public-private partnerships (PPP) isn’t novel, but it is gaining new traction in Vietnam. The country recently announced it will build its first express highway through a PPP arrangement that draws on private investment by Bitexco, a large multi-industry corporation.
6 AUGUST 2013
Vietnam executes 1st prisoner by lethal injection
Vietnam executed its first prisoner by lethal injection on Tuesday, ending a two-year pause in capital punishment caused by difficulties in obtaining the needed chemicals, state media reported.
1 AUGUST 2013
Vietnam to clamp down on social media news postings
Communist Vietnam is to ban bloggers and social media users from sharing news stories online, under a new decree seen as a further crackdown on online freedom.
25 JULY 2013
Obama presses Vietnam on rights but sees better ties
US President Barack Obama said Thursday he spoke frankly to Vietnam’s leader about human rights but called for greater cooperation between the former war adversaries in areas from trade to security.
24 JULY 2013
Vietnamese Dissident Said Weak from Hunger Strike
Nguyen Van Hai, also known as Dieu Cay, is serving a 12-year prison term for conducting “propaganda against the state” in relation to his blogging and citizen media activities. His case has been mentioned by President Barack Obama, whose administration is appealing for the release of political prisoners.
16 JULY 2013
Freedom of the Press, Vietnamese Style
It’s a dangerous business being a journalist in Vietnam, to be sure
12 JULY 2013
Viet Nam strives to strengthen strategic partnership with India
Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to its strategic partnership with India, which underlines the country’s policy on South Asia, as it appreciates India’s proactive role in maintaining regional and global peace, stability and cooperation.
12 JULY 2013
Hanoi against the beatification of Cardinal Van Thuân. Canonisation process witness stopped at airport
Nguyên Hoang Duc, literary critic and former civil servant, blocked at the boarding gate. He was expected in Rome, on official invitation, for the closing ceremony of the diocesan inquiry. A meeting with the Cardinal began his journey of conversion which resulted in his baptism. The Communist Government wants to hinder the process.
10 JULY 2013
Report: Corruption Growing in Vietnam
A new report on global corruption trends finds more than half of Vietnam’s population believes corruption has increased in recent years. In a survey done by Transparency International, 55% of respondents from Vietnam felt an increase in corruption, compared to an average of 48% in Southeast Asia as a whole
7 JULY 2013
Vietnam: Playing with fire
Follow America and save the country; follow China and save the party. This saying, heard everywhere in Vietnam, distills the geopolitical dilemma facing its ruling Communist Party
5 JULY 2013
Border demarcation enhances peace between Laos and Vietnam
The recent success in border demarcation and restoration has enhanced peace and orderliness along the Laos-Vietnam border, according to Lao Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bounkeut Sangsomsak. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Border-demarcation-enhances-peace-between-Laos-and-48845.html
21 JUNE 2013
Vietnam and China work towards warmer ties
Beijing’s welcome ceremony, and Ha Noi’s decision to send its president – the first Vietnamese leader to visit China since President Xi Jinping took office in March – reflect a mutual desire to improve the close, but complex and often-strained ties between the communist allies and one-time war foes, say observers. »The pomp and ceremony reveals Xi’s personal endorsement for warmer ties, » said Singapore-based analyst Euan Graham.
20 JUNE 2013
China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes
China and Vietnam have agreed to set up an emergency hotline to help quickly resolve territorial disputes that have occasionally strained relations between the two neighbors. http://www.voanews.com/content/china-vietnam-agree-on-hotline-to-resolve-maritime-disputes/1685504.html
11 JUNE 2013
Vietnam MPs vote low confidence in PM Nguyen Tan Dung
Vietnam’s prime minister survived a non-confidence ballot in the national assembly on Tuesday, but with his position weakened after more than 30 percent of its members voted against him. http://asiancorrespondent.com/108971/vietnam-prime-minister-survives-no-confidence-vote/
2 JUNE 2013
Vietnam’s peasants betrayed by the party
Even after Doan Van Vuon and his brother Quy were indicted for attempted murder in January 2013, it seemed reasonable to hope that they would catch a break from Vietnam’s courts. Vuon, a Vietnamese farmer, was after all a popular hero. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/02/vietnams-peasants-betrayed-by-the-party/
30 MAY 2013
Two paths for US-Vietnam ties
The success of the United States in Southeast Asia and its « pivot » policy in the Asia-Pacific will be built on the strength of its partnerships with strategic allies. Longstanding allies such as Japan, South Korea and Australia have provided the US with strong support in the region, but to implement the « pivot » Washington needs to expand its pool of reliable strategic partners. Vietnam has the potential to serve as one of those partners: under the current ruling Communist Party of Vietnam or a different future political regime, there always has been and always will be concern in Hanoi about the influence and intentions of its giant neighbor http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-300513.html
22 MAY 2013
Vietnamese Blogger Held for Distributing Rights Leaflets
A prominent blogger and her two colleagues were briefly detained this week by authorities in southern Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa province after distributing leaflets and balloons promoting international human rights standards.
15 MAY 2013
Surprise or Déjà Vu? The Vietnam Communist Party’s Seventh Plenum
The Seventh Plenum of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) met from May 2 to May 11 to discuss, among other things, “possible ways to perfect the political system, [strengthen] party building, and [promote] the party leadership in mass mobilization work.” The plenum was also tasked to elect three additional members to the Politburo. http://cogitasia.com/vietnams-leaders-at-the-seventh-plenum-surprise-or-deja-vu/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_241569491