Vietnam protest marks Spratly battle anniversary

Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. Source: Wikimedia Demonstrators have marched in Hanoi to mark the 28th anniversary of a naval battle for the Spratly islands in the...

Vietnam ‘kidnap’ sours bilateral ties 

Vietnam’s market is growing fast. Picture credit: Flickr Controversy continues to swirl around the case of the Vietnamese executive that the German authorities say was...

TV show axed over maritime dispute

A still from the show Shanghai Bund. Source: YouTube A Vietnamese broadcaster has stopped showing a drama series from China after several Chinese actors condemned...

Vietnam business forced to look overseas for growth

Is the sun rising for Vietnam’s well-educated population or setting on its damaged ecosystem? Source: Wikimedia   Vietnam’s environmental degradation and glowing economic prospects both largely...

Obama prepares to arm old foe

Vietnam’s once-seemingly invincible military was starved of investment for many years. Source: Wikimedia US President Barack Obama has announced an end to the US embargo...

IMF chief tells Vietnam to reform

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. Source: Flickr Vietnam could be vulnerable to external financial shocks if it does not introduce banking reforms and restructure state-controlled enterprises,...

US blasts religious repression 

Freedom of worship was harshly limited last year in Vietnam and Myanmar, where Muslims and Christians in the Buddhist-majority union were harassed by government...

What China forgets to remember

Victims of earlier Sino-Vietnamese tensions. Ethnic Chinese refugees from Vietnam are confined to a dockyard camp in Hong Kong in 1979. Source: Flickr   As Beijing...

Luxury market soars in Vietnam

Hermes handbags are big in Vietnam. Source: Wikimedia  Asia Briefing says of the 50 Mercedes-Maybach S600s priced at around US$427,000, which will soon be launched into...

Study praises Vietnam productivity

 Hoa Lu, Red River delta, Vietnam. It is easy to see how the Vietnamese have been coaxed away from the paddies. Source: Flickr Vietnam's workforce...

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