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A Mining Plan Tests Vietnam’s Policymakers

Vietnamese environmentalists and social scientists are growing increasingly concerned over the environmental, social, economic and political implications of a government plan to allow minerals-starved ...
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China-Vietnam ties remain more sour than sweet

Despite official attempts to paper over their differences, the historically fractious ties between Beijing and Hanoi have recently taken a turn for the worse over a flock of geographically insignifican...
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Vietnam Cracks Down on the Catholics

Vietnam’s communist authorities have upped the ante in a continuing dispute with the Catholic Church. Now, they’re calling for the removal of Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Hanoi. According to the state-run Vietnam News Agency, Nguyen The Thao, cha...
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Vietnam: Behind the Journalists’ Jailings

The conviction of two senior journalists in Hanoi last week had more to do with tussles within the leadership of the ruling Vietnam Communist Party than anything else. The much-derided show trial of the...
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Hanoi Pain

Divisions within Vietnam's ruling Communist Party have widened in the wake of the nation's continued economic downturn, threatening the nation's long term political stability. The p...
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Economic Waves Imperil Vietnam’s Leaders

A year ago, in August 2007, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung confidently addressed a gathering of regional businessmen at an Asean 100 Leadership Forum at the Melia Hotel in downtown Hanoi. He gave a typically punchy speech about ho...
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Economic Woes Imperil Vietnam’s Leaders

  A year ago, in August 2007, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung confidently addressed a gathering of regional businessmen at an Asean 100 Leadership Forum at the Melia Hotel in downtown...
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Two Crusading Journalists Arrested in Vietnam

In a move that has rocked Vietnam’s media, authorities on Monday arrested two journalists who reported aggressively on the country’s biggest corruption scandal in years. The police ...
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Death in Saigon’s Cholon District

It was the telltale drifting smoke that Sunday morning in the sky over Cholon, Saigon's teeming Chinese sector, that first alerted correspondents to the possibility that the second shoe was about to drop in what had become a decisive turni...
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Vietnam’s Easy Riders

Photos by Andrew James Armed with cigarettes, bad jokes, and a nifty Honda motorbike, Endy, 42, lives a life on the road with strangers. For the past six years, he has been an ‘Easy Rider&...