Vietnam After Obama

Vietnam After ObamaWhen Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Vietnam last November, he was welcomed with a 21-gun salute by his hosts and protests by activists. The Vietnamese did not line the streets to get a glimpse of the China leader and there were no reports of Vietnam's young people clamoring to take selfies with Xi.…

Opinion: Civil Liberties in Vietnam: Half-Full Glass

Opinion: Civil Liberties in Vietnam: Half-Full GlassHuman Rights Watch is upset that Hanoi is revising "its already draconian criminal code."  Parsing a recent report to Vietnam's National Assembly by the Minister of Public Security, the New York-based advocacy group discerned that "Vietnam will return to its policy of stamping out dissent now that the (Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact) is in place."…

Viet Activists Say ‘Bin the TPP’

Viet Activists Say ‘Bin the TPP’It has become an annoying habit for American politicians to air their “concern” about human rights in Vietnam. The latest episode has many Congressmen grappling with a vexing question: Should Vietnam be part of the US-led 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] – touted as the “most progressive free trade agreement in our nation’s history” by President…

Vietnam in the Shadow of China

Vietnam in the Shadow of ChinaThe Chinese oil rig at the heart of the maritime dispute between China and Vietnam is expected to depart soon from its contentious position near the Paracel Islands. China National Offshore Oil Corporation, which operates the oil rig, deployed HD-981 to disputed waters off the coast of Vietnam in May as part of a resource…

Time for the US to Get Tough on Vietnam

Time for the US to Get Tough on VietnamThe United States’ engagement with Vietnam is, in large part, a failure. Hanoi continues to ply benefits from the US while offering little in return. It is time for the US to demand what kind of relationship Hanoi is seeking with Washington. A clear distinction must first be made between Vietnam and the country’s government…

Vietnam Faces ‘Finlandization’ from China

Vietnam Faces ‘Finlandization’ from ChinaThese last few weeks, China has extracted a great deal of satisfaction from the disarray of those who would curb its territorial ambitions in the seas stretching south from Hainan Island. Its deployment of the deep sea oil drilling rig Haiyang 981 into disputed waters off Vietnam's coast was tactically brilliant. Yes, Beijing has been…

Opinion: The Changing Face of Vietnam

Opinion: The Changing Face of VietnamIf change is to come to Vietnam, the catalyst for it is likely to be the country’s youth, a full 60 percent of whom were born in the decades since the end of what Vietnam calls the American War, and who increasingly feel little allegiance to a government they regard as out of touch and…