Will Vietnam carry out second reform and on political affairs?

The Diplomat on April 15 had an article titled “Vietnam’s Great Debate over Democracy.” The content mentioned that the Vietnamese Government needs to carry out the second political reform so the country can resolve internal ideological conflicts and make a…
When China is strong, democracy in Southeast Asia is dying

Just five years ago, many were optimistic that Southeast Asia was finally at a turning point on the path to democracy. At the time, the Myanmar military finally relaxed its decades-long power as Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for…
Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, and lessons for Vietnam

Before being arrested by the coup forces, Aung San Suu Kyi acted as the State Counsellor of the government led by the majority of the National League for Democracy. I suddenly recalled back in 2009, when I had just arrived…
Are Vietnamese people worrying for the US more than their own country?

Vietnamese people in the country are more interested in the US election than their own, that is a reality. Because the American election is attractive and unpredictable because President Trump has rekindled the Vietnamese hope of resisting the unreserved Chinese…
Communist Party personnel set from upper level

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s leadership arrangements for the next term are “all decided by a small group” and the one-party institution “hardly guarantees that selected personnel will not be corrupted,” one local political observer told VOA. The CPV…
Global media covers Pham Doan Trang’s arrest

A series of articles in many languages, from many news agencies around the world, simultaneously reported and analyzed the detention of dissident journalist Pham Doan Trang, who was charged with “conducting anti-state propaganda.” With this allegation, Ms. Pham Doan Trang…