According to VnExpress on September 17, just a few hours after arriving in Hanoi after a two-day visit to China, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh departed for the US to attend the high-level general discussion session at the 78th United Nations General Assembly and promoted bilateral activities between Vietnam and the United States.
Mr. Chinh led a strong delegation, including Minister of Public Security To Lam, who also visited Beijing at the same time as Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, but on a separate trip.
VnExpress said that in PM Chinh’s work schedule, on September 17-23 in the US, he is expected to have meetings with government leaders, the US Congress, and attend a number of activities related to economics and trade between the two countries. But it is unclear whether President Joe Biden will welcome Mr. Chinh after the two new leaders met on September 11 in Hanoi.
According to observers, Chinh’s attendance at the United Nations General Assembly is considered unusual. Because according to custom, President Vo Van Thuong will undertake this job every year. It is unclear why Vo Van Thuong did not go to the US to attend the meeting, but left Mr. Chinh too busy on shuttle trips between China, the United States and Brazil soon after. Meanwhile, President Vo Van Thuong played a rather obscure role in President Joe Biden’s visit to Vietnam in mid-September.
Meanwhile, at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2022, Pham Binh Minh, then Permanent Deputy Prime Minister, represented former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in response to rumors that , Mr. Phuc will be “disgraced” due to his involvement in the Viet A case.
It is known that rumors about Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc losing his position as President have been circulating since mid-2022. At that time, unfounded speculations said that Tran Thi Nguyet Thu, the President’s wife, was “final boss” in the Viet A case.
At that time, social networks were rife with rumors that President Phuc’s wife was “banned from leaving the country” before Mr. Phuc left Hanoi during his visit to South Korea at the end of 2022. After that, Phuc officially Thuong lost his position as President right before the Lunar New Year 2023, and Vo Van Thuong was appointed to replace him.
Then there were rumors that Tran Thi Nguyet Thu was detained in Hanoi to be investigated for allegedly receiving VND1.4 trillion ($60 million) from Viet A Company. And most recently, on social networks, news was shared that Ms. Thu, wife of former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, passed away at the B14 prison of the Ministry of Public Security. The majority on social networks believe in the rumor just mentioned, and “actively” share this baseless rumor.
Meanwhile, information from Tuoi Tre newspaper said that former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife appeared on the evening of August 20, at a music night in memory of musician Van Cao. This Vietnamese Bird Music Night took place on the evening of August 20, at Hanoi Opera House, organized by the Vietnam Musicians Association in collaboration with Vietnam Television, under the direction of the Central Commission for Propaganda and Education, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam Union of Literature and Arts Associations.
Tuoi Tre on August 23 reported, “President Vo Van Thuong attended the music night celebrating the 100th anniversary of Van Cao’s birth.” In this music night, “President Vo Van Thuong, former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife, along with many guests, musician Van Cao’s family, writers and artists, fans and hundreds of audiences attended the music night both in the Opera House auditorium and in the August Revolution Square in front of this theater.”
Again, if he was not really unjustly accused, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc would never dare say, “… as Prime Minister for the 2016-2021 term, I am politically responsible of the leader, when some officials violate their shortcomings, causing serious consequences,” and “Aware of my responsibility to the Party and people, I have submitted an application to resign from my positions and take a leave of absence from work to retire.” Mr. Phuc also affirmed, “My family, my wife, my children do not have personal interests or corruption related to Viet A, have never met the Director of Viet A, this has been confirmed by the Central Inspection Commission. The commission’s conclusion is clear.” Notably, the detail, “this has been clearly concluded by the Central Inspection Commission.“
When Tuoi Tre newspaper reported on the Van Cao Music Night taking place at the Hanoi Opera House, with the participation of President Vo Van Thuong, along with former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife, no one knew, no one believed that Ms. Tran Thi Nguyet Thu, wife of the former President, is the “final boss” in the Viet A case? Could it be that President Vo Van Thuong gave favor to a criminal who was the “final boss” in the Viet A scandal?./.
Tra My – Thoibao.de