Vietnamese Prime Minister: I am ready to talk to anyone about democracy and human rights

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and US President Joe Biden at the White House on May 12, 2022

The head of the Vietnamese Government made the same speech as mentioned above on May 12 (US time) before US businesses during a working session organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) and the US Chamber of Commerce (USCC).

We hope American partners and businesses continue to come to Vietnam to look for opportunities.

I am ready to have a dialogue with anyone in the world about Vietnam’s economy, democracy, and human rights in Vietnam.

We are open, and sincere to work. When cooperating with each other, the benefits are harmonious but the risks must be shared together,” the Vietnamese state-controlled newspaper Thanh Nien quoted Mr. Chinh as saying.

The Vietnamese government released political prisoner Ho Duc Hoa from prison while serving a 13-year prison sentence and left for the US on May 11 at the same time as PM Chinh’s trip to the ASEAN-US Summit.

The Vietnamese state-controlled media did not mention the information about Hoa’s departure. However, just a day later, the state-controlled media reported that the Long An Investigation Security Agency arrested and detained Ms. Cao Thi Cuc, the owner of Bong Lai Tinh That, on the charge of “abusing the Freedom and democracy infringe upon the interests of the State, organizations, and individuals.”

The Bong Lai Vihara is a group of Buddhists and monastics.

In this case, so far, five people have been probed for the same charge, of which Mr. Le Tung Van (90 years old) has been released on bail for investigation due to his old age and poor health.

There have been some opinions that the probe and detention of this group of people belonging to the Bong Lai Tinh That is religious persecution.

In his talk to American businesses, Mr. Chinh also said that after nearly 30 years of normalizing relations, the two countries have experienced many ups and downs and now enjoy sweet results. (Translated)