US warship sails near Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands

China’s military condemns move of the USS John S McCain, saying it had dispatched naval and air units to follow and warn away the ship. A US warship has sailed near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea in a freedom of navigation operation, the US Navy said, the first such mission […]

Vietnam plans to accelerate growth and boost high tech industries

Communist Party says it wants to boost growth to 6.5-7 percent a year, focus on quality, not quantity, of foreign investment. Having sidestepped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic so far, Vietnam aims to rev up its economy over the next five years, trusting in its mix of free trade deals, privatisation and tight COVID-19 […]

Vietnam’s Trong tipped to lead Communist Party for third term

Despite health issues, 76-year-old president is expected to be re-elected as party chief for rare third term. Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party chief and the architect of the country’s anti-corruption campaign, has been nominated to serve a rare third term, a Party official said on Wednesday, according to state media. On Monday, more […]

China to conduct South China Sea military exercises

Drills to take place the same week that China complained about a US aircraft carrier group sailing through the waters. China said on Tuesday it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after complaining that a US aircraft carrier group had sailed through the disputed waters. A notice issued […]

Vietnam’s Communist Party meets to pick new leaders, set strategy

Continuity expected as Vietnam seeks to balance China and the United States. Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party gathers for its first national congress since 2016 later on Monday with a mission to select new leaders and shape policy for the next five years. The event, the 13th congress since the founding of the Communist Party of […]

People-smugglers jailed in UK for Vietnamese truck deaths

The judge says the defendants will serve at least two-thirds of their terms in custody, instead of the usual half. Four people-smugglers convicted of killing 39 people from Vietnam – who died in the back of a container truck as it was shipped to England – have been sentenced to between 13 and 27 years […]

‘Chilling’ crackdown on dissent in Vietnam ahead of key congress

As Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party gears up for its most important meeting in years, its leadership has presided over an intensified crackdown on dissent, according to rights groups, activists and data collated by Reuters news agency. A record number of political prisoners, longer jail terms, and increased harassment of activists in recent years have contributed […]

Vietnam Imprisons 3 Journalists Amid Broader Attack on Speech

HONG KONG — Vietnam sentenced three journalists to prison on Tuesday, including a prominent reporter who had written for foreign news organizations and advocated press freedom in the one-party state. The sentences are the latest crackdown on independent thought in a country where the authorities are busy stamping out dissent ahead of an important meeting […]

Three Vietnamese journalists go on trial over reporting

The trials are the latest in an ongoing crackdown on dissent ahead of a key ruling party meeting this month. Three prominent Vietnamese journalists face up to 20 years in prison when they go on trial in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday, accused of spreading propaganda against the state, human rights groups said. Pham […]

Vietnamese pick up the pieces after 2020’s relentless storms

Hue, Vietnam – Before floodwater inundated half their living room one night during the storm season this year, the Trans put their most valuable possessions – their TV and refrigerator – in the attic and told their two daughters to take refuge there. Tran Nhu Hong, 23, and her 18-year-old sister, who do not know […]

Facebook, YouTube accused of complicity in Vietnam rights abuses

US-based companies Facebook and YouTube are allowing themselves to become tools of Vietnam’s “industrial-scale” attempt to censor information and harass government critics, in an “alarming sign” of how technology giants increasingly operate in repressive countries, Amnesty International said. In a report published on Tuesday, Amnesty also said that the Vietnamese government’s efforts to silence dissent […]

Damage, injuries as Vamco hits Vietnam #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Storm made landfall with winds of up to 90km/h, the latest in a series that have pummelled Vietnam over the past six weeks. Storm Vamco has barrelled into Vietnam, damaging buildings and injuring at least five people after wreaking devastation in the Philippines. The storm made landfall on Sunday with winds of up to 90 […]

Thousands flee as Typhoon Vamco nears Vietnam #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Vietnam braces for Typhoon Vamco to make landfall on its central coast as the death toll in the Philippines rises to 53. Thousands of people fled their homes in Vietnam on Saturday as Typhoon Vamco barrelled towards central regions already pummelled by weeks of successive storms. Airports have been shut, beaches closed, and a fishing […]

Cyprus’s dirty secrets

It was a typically chilly December morning in the Vietnamese capital. A phalanx of press had gathered outside the formidable Hanoi People’s Court; a grand, white, pillared structure that was the venue for the trials of senior Communist Party officials accused of malfeasance, with all the proceedings televised. It looked like 66-year-old former Minister of […]