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
14 MAY 2013
Vietnam’s land law reforms: radical changes or minor tinkering?
In the last decade, the area of land taken from farmers has reached one-million hectares, significantly greater than the 810,000 hectares redistributed during the socialist land reforms in the 1950s. Currently land grab cases comprise over 30 per cent of all land disputes reaching officials and the courts. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/14/vietnams-land-law-reforms-radical-changes-or-minor-tinkering/
11 MAY 2013
In Vietnam, Seeking Basic Rights Is No Picnic in the Park
Organizing picnics in one party communist state Vietnam is no walk in the park, as some human rights activists have painfully discovered. Last weekend, the blogger activists and their friends and relatives tried to break new ground by holding picnics in public parks to discuss human rights issues but ended up being beaten, interrogated and arrested by police or thugs they claimed were hired by the authorities. http://www.rfa.org/english/commentaries/east-asia-beat/picnic-05112013142328.html
10 MAY 2013
Can Vietnam have a one-party, two-candidate system?
Many constitutional issues are up for debate — the role of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) in state organs and in society; the role of the armed forces; state versus private management and ownership of land; and the mechanisms needed to protect citizens’ and human rights. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/10/can-vietnam-have-a-one-party-two-candidate-system/
27 APRIL 2013
Viet Nam stands up for East Sea
Viet Nam has reiterated that it will adopt every suitable peaceful measure to defend its sovereignty, jurisdiction and legitimate national interests in the East Sea in accordance with the UN Charter, international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS). http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/238738/viet-nam-stands-up-for-east-sea.html
22 APRIL 2013
U.S. Navy Begins Annual Vietnam Naval Engagement Activity
The U.S. Navy began the fourth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People’s Navy April 21 with the arrival USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) in Da Nang.
19 APRIL 2013
Opinion: The Promise of a Democratic Vietnam
The struggle for democracy and political reform in Vietnam has a found itself a banner around which to rally. It is called Petition 72, with « 72 » referring to the original number of respected scholars and former government officials who drafted the proposed constitution as an alternative to Vietnam’s current one. Petition 72, among other significant proposed changes, would abolish Vietnam’s one-party structure http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5351&Itemid=188
9 APRIL 2013
Vietnamese Dissidents Attacked by Police-Linked Thugs
Unidentified assailants believed to be connected to the police on Tuesday ambushed and severely beat a Vietnamese dissident a day after he tried to shield a prominent woman land rights activist from harassment and attack by suspected government agents, according to the victims http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/dissidents-04092013182514.html
5 APRIL 2013
Peter Doan Van Vuon, anti-forced evictions hero, gets five years
Despite the convictions, the family’s punishment was not as bad as expected. The men in fact got two to five years in prison whilst the women were handed down suspended sentences. Although blaming them for the bad « impact on social order », the judge decided to avoid a verdict that could fuel social tensions. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Peter-Doan-Van-Vuon,-anti-forced-evictions-hero,-gets-five-years-27580.html
22 MARCH 2013
Vietnam’s Obstacles to Reform
Despite the Vietnamese public’s lack of trust in the government, despite the government’s rights violations, reform remains a distant hope. The path to change is littered with obstacles, and what comes after is equally challenging. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5274&Itemid=188
Influential factors in the Vietnam–US relationship
Optimism surrounding the potential Vietnam–US strategic partnership has been riding high after John Kerry, a Vietnam War veteran and key player in the bilateral diplomatic relationship, became US Secretary of State in February 2013. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/16/influential-factors-in-the-vietnam-us-relationship/
14 MARCH 2013
Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle
Activists in Hanoi chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers Thursday at a protest marking the anniversary of a battle over the contested Spratly Islands in which 64 Vietnamese soldiers died. http://my.news.yahoo.com/vietnam-anti-china-activists-mark-island-battle-072419364.html?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_223453097
Chinese contractors’ rise in Vietnam: Causes, problems, and implications
By the end of 2009 Chinese engineering companies were involved in projects worth US$15.4 billion in Vietnam, making the Vietnamese market their largest in Southeast Asia. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/14/chinese-contractors-rise-in-vietnam-causes-problems-and-implications/
8 MARCH 2013
Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Named ‘Woman of Courage’
Ta Phong Tan, a Catholic ex-policewoman who is serving a 10-year jail sentence for conducting « anti-state propaganda » in her online writings, is one of ten “extraordinary women” from around the world recognized by the State Department for their work advocating for women’s empowerment. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/ta-phong-tan-03082013153228.html
2 MARCH 2013
Thousands sign petition for release of jailed Vietnamese Catholics
The non-partisan and apolitical initiative launched by family members and is divided into two groups, active in the north and south of the country. Among signatories, two bishops and a Buddhist religious leader, member of a group persecuted by Hanoi. The promoters speak of spurious sentence and illegal trial. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-sign-petition-for-release-of-jailed-Vietnamese-Catholics-27281.html
26 FEBRUARY 2013
Vietnamese Reporter Fired for Critical Essay
A Vietnamese journalist working for a state-run newspaper has been fired and threatened with prosecution after criticizing a Communist Party leader on his personal website. Nguyen Dac Kien was let go by the official Family and Society newspaper on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after writing a blog post that took issue with a speech by General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/fired-02262013175113.html http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-reporter-fired-after-criticizing-communist-leader/1611545.html
23 FEBRUARY 2013
Vietnam’s Democratic Destiny
It has sometimes been said that if Vietnam were to make the transition from a single-party state to a multi-party one, it would lead to democracy and freedom. That may not be true http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5198&Itemid=188
21 FEBRUARY 2013
Vietnam Faces Political Entropy
The Vietnamese Communist Party, once credited for opening the country and joining the global economy, is in crisis. Its factional conflict, economic mismanagement and inattention to quality-of-life issues have eroded its claim to be « the force leading the state and society. » http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5194&Itemid=188
9 FEBRUARY 2913
Despite crackdown on dissent, can Vietnam reform ?
Within ASEAN, only Laos scores as poorly as Vietnam on political rights, according to Freedom House, with the two Communist neighbors both receiving the lowest possible mark of seven, a score unchanged for years as Burma improved to a six for 2012. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/09/despite-crackdown-on-dissent-can-vietnam-reform/2/
4 FEBRUARY 2013
Vietnam jails activists for subversion amid crackdown on dissidents
A court in Vietnam has sentenced a man to life in prison and given jail terms of up to 17 years to other defendants after they were found guilty of « subversive activities », according to the state-run Vietnam Television. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/04/vietnam-jails-activists-subervsion http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Trial-ends-with-22-Vietnamese-activists-receiving-sentences-ranging-from-10-years-to-life-27047.html
31 JANUARY 2013
Vietnam deports pro-democracy activist
A pro-democracy activist released from a Vietnamese prison was on his way to his California home after nine months in detention, according to his family. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/30/world/asia/vietnam-activist-freed/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://asiancorrespondent.com/96657/vietnam-deports-american-activist-detained-for-9-months/
22 JANUARY 2013
One step closer to diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Hanoi
Benedict XVI received the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. A statement from the Holy See speaks of « cordial discussions » and “the hope that some pending situations may be resolved and that the existing fruitful cooperation may be strengthened. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-step-closer-to-diplomatic-relations-between-the-Vatican-and-Hanoi-26934.html
9 JANUARY 2013
Vietnam convicts 14 activists of ‘anti-state plot’
Thirteen were jailed for between three and 13 years, while one received a suspended sentence. Most are Catholics, and they include bloggers and students. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20955432 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/trial-01082013181353.html
29 DECEMBER 2012
Ho Chi Minh City, the People’s Court condemns three bloggers for a total of 25 years
Nguyen Van Hai, his son, Nguyen Tri Dung and Maria Ta Phong Tan, were convicted of subversive propaganda against the state. They fought for the respect of human rights and against corruption in the party. The Prime Minister ordered all the organs of the regime to stop the spread of « subversive » internet sites and blogs at all costs. On December 27, another blogger, the Catholic Le Quoc Quan, arrested for tax evasion. The authorities want to stop his activities in favor of democracy and religious freedom. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ho-Chi-Minh-City,-the-People’s-Court-condemns-three-bloggers-for-a-total-of-25-years-26737.html
27 DECEMBER 2012
2012: A tough year for Vietnam
As 2012 winds down, Vietnamese leaders are probably glad to see the end of what has been a difficult year. Despite there still being a few days of activity left, the General Statistics Office recently announced that Vietnam’s GDP increased by only 5.03% this year. This is the lowest rate of growth since 1999 and is well below previous targets for 2012, which were generally above 6%. Notably, even this low rate of growth was only achieved after a slight fourth quarter upswing. http://thediplomat.com/pacific-money/2012/12/27/2012-a-tough-year-for-vietnam/
4 DECEMBER 2012
Le Luong Minh, the new Asean General Secretary
Vietnam nominated Minh to succeed former Thailand foreign minister Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to be the next secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the term 2013-2017. The secretary general role holds ministerial rank, and rotates among ASEAN countries in alphabetical order
22 NOVEMBER 2012
Vietnam officials to face parliamentary confidence votes
The communist-dominated parliament of Vietnam is to subject elected leaders including the president and prime minister to annual confidence votes.
14 NOVEMBER 2012
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged to resign
A member of the Communist-dominated parliament in Vietnam has in a rare show of dissent told PM Nguyen Tan Dung that he should resign for his mistakes in handling the economy
6 NOVEMBER 2012
Vietnam’s fight against corruption: a self-defeating effort?
Vietnam’s National Assembly will pass the revised Law on Anti-Corruption in the next few weeks to try to intensify the fight against corruption.
2 NOVEMBER 2012
Chinese companies invade Vietnam, dangers for production and environment
Beijing also relocates to increase profits by taking advantage of local labor. Experts warn Hanoi: danger of upsetting balance of trade between the two countries, as well as flooding of low-priced and poor quality goods. Risks to public health and the environment.
30 OCTOBER 2012
Vietnam jails two dissident songwriters
Vietnam has jailed two musicians for spreading anti-state propaganda, after they wrote songs critical of government policy.
22 OCTOBER 2012
Vietnam PM admits ‘faults’ on economy
Vietnam’s prime minister admitted on Monday that his government had made mistakes in its stewardship of the troubled economy, in the latest bout of self-criticism by the secretive Communist regime http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121022-379096.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/91051/vietnam-pm-apologizes-for-mismanaging-economy/
15 OCTOBER 2012
Vietnam PM escapes punishment despite censure
Vietnam’s prime minister escaped disciplinary action from communist party chiefs on Monday despite anger over a string of financial scandals and an economic malaise that have marred his leadership http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121015-377829.html
4 OCTOBER 2012
The future of US relations with Vietnam
While the usual suspects — Iran, China, Cuba and Syria — dominate what passes for debate over foreign policy in the US, neither presidential candidate has had much to say about Vietnam
3 OCTOBER 2012
Vietnam dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien dies in US
Nguyen Chi Thien, a dissident poet who spent 27 years in Vietnamese prisons, has died in California aged 73. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19819794
24 SEPTEMBER 2012
Vietnam jails three bloggers in crackdown on dissent
Three Vietnamese bloggers, well known for their criticisms of the country’s Communist government, were sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison Monday in what rights activists said was an « absolutely outrageous » ruling. http://www.france24.com/en/20120924-vietnam-jails-three-bloggers-crackdown-dissent-human-rights-censorship-internet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19697905
13 SEPTEMBER 2012
Vietnam PM orders fresh crackdown on bloggers
Vietnam’s prime minister has ordered a fresh crackdown on bloggers who post articles critical of the governmen
7 SEPTEMBER 2012
Undercover Reporter Jailed
In a conviction condemned by rights groups, a Vietnamese journalist has been sentenced to four years in jail for offering a bribe to a policeman which he said was part of an investigation to expose police corruption
Hanoi and Berlin aim to strengthen economic and trade cooperation
Strengthening economic cooperation between Berlin and Hanoi, enhancing connections with direct flights and spreading the German language and culture in the Asian nation. These are just some of the many topics on the agenda of Philipp Rosler, Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Vice-Chancellor and one of Angela Merkel’s closest collaborators, who will be on official visit to Vietnam from September 17 to 19
6 SEPTEMBER 2012
Viet Prime Minister Under Threat
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s grip on Vietnam’s government is weakening. The Vietnamese premier is under attack by intra-party rivals who don’t like his rich friends and fault his management of the economy. If Dung goes down, important changes in Vietnam’s management of economic and social issues are likely to follow
1 SEPTEMBER 2012
Vietnam slams China’s island oil bid call
Viet Nam protests against China’s plan to invite international bidding for oil block 65/12, about 3 nautical miles off Cay (Tree) Island of Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Ngh
In Vietnam, Message of Equality Is Challenged by Widening Wealth Gap
The daughter of a member of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo, the country’s most powerful political body, Ms. Huong had only days before been appointed the head of a state-owned construction company. Commentators on the Internet expressed outrage that someone so young — she is reported to be 24 — held such a senior corporate post.
31 AUGUST 2012
What Happened to Independence, Freedom, and Happiness in Vietnam?
It is almost 67 years since the revelation of Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence and 37 years since the country’s unification. Despite revolutions to throw off the shackles of foreign powers, and a brutal war that stifled early hopes of democracy, Vietnam today remains under the thumb of an authoritarian government.
25 AUGUST 2012
Viet Nam seeks nuclear power infrastructure
Viet Nam is seeking more support from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and countries with advanced nuclear power industries to develop the infrastructure for its nuclear power programme.
23 AUGUST 2012
Major Vietnamese bank in turmoil after founder’s arrest
Nervous Vietnamese crowded the branches of one of the country’s major banks Thursday to withdraw some $240 million following news of the arrest of the bank’s founder on fraud charges. The stock market was also hit by the news
21 AUGUST 2012
Vietnam arrests high-flying banking mogul
Vietnam police have arrested a top banking tycoon on suspicion of illegal business activities, the government said on Tuesday, sending ripples through financial markets in the communist state
5 AUGUST 2012
Vietnam holds first gay pride parade
Dozens of cyclists decorated with balloons and rainbow flags streamed through the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Sunday for the first gay pride parade in the nation’s history. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363553.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128594623174870.html
4 AUGUST 2012
Inflation falls from 23% to 5% in one year
« Vietnam at a Glance » notes that inflation declined to 5 per cent in July from 23 per cent in August 2011. The trade deficit, too, narrowed to US$58m in the first seven months compared to almost $6bn a year earlier.
2 AUGUST 2012
Blogger Barred from Travel
A blogger in Vietnam who has been critical of the one-party communist state was prevented by the authorities on Thursday from traveling abroad, a month after he was attacked by suspected government agents. Catholic blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh said staff at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi stopped him from boarding a flight to Singapore when he wanted to accompany his mother, who needed medical treatment in the island state.
30 JULY 012
Vietnam blogger’s mother ‘dies in self-immolation’
The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter’s trial for propaganda against the Communist state, sources close to the family said Monday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120730-362340.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19053910
15 JULY 2012
Government deploys tanks as over 10 thousand Vinh diocese faithful march for religious freedom.
More than 10 thousand Catholics marched in different areas of the diocese of Vinh to demand respect for religious freedom against threats and violence of the government. On the eve of the marches, to intimidate the Catholics, the authorities deployed tanks outside the bishop’s residence, with patrols by gangs of thugs and soldiers http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Government-deploys-tanks-as-over-10-thousand-Vinh-diocese-faithful-march-for-religious-freedom.-25293.html
10 JULY 2012
Clinton Promotes US Investment, Human Rights in Vietnam
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Vietnam where she is promoting U.S. investment and raising human rights concerns. Secretary Clinton says the Obama administration is looking for ways to expand trade and investment with Vietnam, which was up 17 percent between 2010 and 2011 to nearly $22 billion. http://www.voanews.com/content/clinton-urges-vietnam-to-protect-human-rights/1381816.html#hash=relatedInfoContainer
21 JUNE 2012
China says Vietnam claim to islands ‘null and void’
China on Thursday 21 « vehemently opposed » a new Vietnamese law asserting sovereignty over islands in disputed waters, the latest escalation in tensions over the resource-rich South China Sea.
15 JUNE 2012
New Clashes in Land Dispute
Clashes broke out between villagers and a group of men hired to clear their land for a controversial development site on the outskirts of the Vietnamese capital Friday, leaving several villagers injured and others vowing to protect their homes should demolition crews return, sources said
3 JUNE 2012
Panetta visits former U.S. base in Vietnam
Leon Panetta visited a former U.S. Navy base in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, marking the first trip to the base by an American defense secretary since the war ended
19 APRIL 2012
Vietnam edges towards casino capitalism
To roll or not to roll, that is the multi-billion dollar question Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party now weighs. The casino quandary hinges on how a nominally communist state that still deploys revolutionary rhetoric can openly embrace such a free-wheeling capitalist concept.
18 APRIL 2012
Wealthy Vietnam MP faces sack over husband fraud
One of Vietnam’s wealthiest individuals is at risk of losing her seat in parliament after failing to disclose that her husband was wanted for fraud. Dang Thi Hoang Yen, 53, chairwoman of the Tan Tao Group, is accused of not having disclosed details of her marriage and party status when applying to be a parliamentary candidate.
4 APRIL 2012
Opinion: Vietnam’s Disheartening Anniversary
Under Communist leadership, Vietnam has failed to make its mark on the world. The new Vietnam needs to focus on the future
29 MARCH 2012
Vietnam builds naval muscle
Following a series of high-profile procurement deals, Vietnam’s growing naval program symbolizes its evolving military posture. Driven by persistent maritime disputes with China and facilitated by an expanding economy, Vietnam is actively modernizing its military through naval, air and electronic-fighting capability upgrades
27 MARCH 2012
Vietnam and the US: The Odd Couple
Particularly in this American election year, human rights issues will test the durability of the rapprochement between Vietnam and the United States – former enemies now seemingly the best of friends
2 MARCH 2012
Vietnam’s Communist Party Ponders Change
The Communist Party of Vietnam turned 82 on Feb. 3, of which 36 years have been spent ruling Vietnam. We can only guess what the next 82 years will bring. Indeed, this past week the party’s delegates and executives met in Hanoi to discuss much needed reform
1st MARCH 2012
US, Vietnam Begin Tough Trade Talks
Vietnamese and Americans joined together in Hanoi last December for a happy celebration, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the entrance into force of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement signed in December, 2001. The gathering of current and former trade negotiators, diplomats, and business leaders exchanged witty anecdotes about who had been the toughest negotiator. However, the main focus for both American and Vietnamese participants was on the positive prospects for future US-Vietnam relations across the spectrum of trade and strategic common interests
21 JANUARY 2012
China, Vietnam drift in South China Sea
In the wake of a major maritime ruckus last spring, hopes of a deal between China and Vietnam are rising in the South China Sea
17 JANUARY 2012
Vietnam’s navy unveils first home-made warship
Vietnam’s navy has taken delivery of its first locally-made warship, equipped with artillery and missile systems, local media report
7 DECEMBER 2011
Vietnamese actor Don Duong dies at 55
One of Vietnam’s best-known actors, Don Duong – once labelled a traitor by his country’s armed forces – has died of heart failure and a brain haemorrhage aged 55, relatives say
22 SEPTEMBER 2011
20-million-dollar war memorial sparks public outrage in Vietnam
Vietnamese plans for a memorial to war widows sparked an outcry Thursday when it was revealed that the cost had spiralled to five
times its initial estimate.
8 SEPTEMBER 2011
Vietnam’s Forced Labor Camps
An international human rights group has called on the Vietnamese government to shut down scores of drug rehabilitation centers and release tens of thousands of people it says are being held against their will and compelled to endure forced labor and torture. Thousands of detainees,
including women and children, are made to work up to 10 hours a day doing unhealthy and tedious work such as shelling cashews, it alleges. The oil from the nuts is caustic and can burn the skin. Other detainees are forced to do farming, work in construction, sew garments and do other menial labor. Those who refuse to work are subjected to torture and deprived of food and water, it says
16 AUGUST 2011
Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics in prayer against government arrests
At least 2 thousand faithful of Ho Chi Minh City have celebrated a mass and prayed for the Catholics arrested by Vietnamese police during raids in recent weeks in the Diocese of Vinh and Thanh Hoa. The vigil was held last August 14 organised by the Redemptorists, who wanted to enounce
the Vietnamese authorities repression of Christians and their property, claiming the right to religious freedom in the country
26 JULY 2011
Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung re-elected
Vietnam’s one-party parliament elects Nguyen Tan Dung for a second term as prime minister in a widely expected move, a parliamentary
25 JULY 2011
Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly appointed Truong Tan Sang as the communist country’s new president amid challenges at home with the economy and abroad with China over disputed territory in the South China Sea
23 JULY 2011
Nguyen Sinh Hung elected Assembly Chairman, four Vice Chairs chosen
Nguyen Sinh Hung has been elected Chairman of the 13th National Assembly with 457 votes, accounting for 91.4 per cent.
15 JULY 2011
US navy ships visit Vietnam amid heightened China tensions
Three U.S. Navy ships were welcomed Friday by former foe Vietnam for joint training, despite China’s irritation following weeks of fiery exchanges between the communist neighbors over disputed areas of the South China Sea.
13 MAY 2011
Vietnam should brace for ageing population, expert says
Vietnam must «prepare now rather than later» to support its rapidly ageing population or face economic challenges, an expert
4 MAY 2011
Vietnam: Ethnic Hmong ‘in mass protest in Dien Bien’
Thousands of ethnic Hmong people in Vietnam are holding a protest calling for autonomy in a rare outbreak of unrest, a local official tells the BBC.
19 JANUARY 2011
Nguyen Phu Trong is the new General Secretary of the Communist Party[/u] of Viet Nam
The election of the 67-year-old National Assembly chairman as the Party leader is announced as the 11th National Party Congress ends its nine-day sitting in Ha Noi
20 AUGUST 2010
Death of Dang Phong, Vietnamese historian, born in 1937
21 JANUARY 2010
A court in Vietnam has convicted four activists, including prominent human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh, of trying to overthrow the Communist government
28 DECEMBER 2009
A Vietnamese court sentences pro-democracy activist Tran Anh Kim to five-and-a-half years in prison for subversion against the communist state. The former army officer was a member of the Democratic Party of Vietnam and the pro-democracy Bloc 8406, both of which are banned
14 JUNE 2009
Vietnam authorities arrest Le Cong Dinh a high-profile lawyer for allegedly conspiring against the government
2 JANUARY 2009
The authorities in Vietnam sack the editors of the country’s two largest pro-reform newspapers. Nguyen Cong Khe and Le Hoang were ousted months after two of their journalists went on trial over coverage of a government corruption scandal