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Vietnam Re-Arrests Dissident Priest

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese authorities have taken one of the country’s most prominent dissidents back into custody, more than a year after he was granted medical leave. State media say Nguyen Van Ly — a Catholic priest — was re-arrested Monday because he continued anti-government activities. The reports said these included calling on people to protest China’s activities […]

Vietnam’s National Assembly Names New President

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s one-party National Assembly has named a wartime prisoner of the former South Vietnamese government as the country’s new president. The assembly on Monday selected 62-year-old Truong Tan Sang, a former mayor and communist party chief in Ho Chi Minh City. Sang, the lone presidential candidate, held the communist party’s number-two post since 2006. He […]

Vietnam’s National Assembly Meets to Elect New President

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s National Assembly is expected to select the country’s new president Monday, with a wartime prisoner of the former South Vietnamese government as the only candidate. Truong Tan Sang, aged 62, is a native of southern Vietnam and served until 2000 as general secretary of the Communist Party in Ho Chi Minh City. He has […]

Vietnam Pledges China Sea Defense as Legislative Session Opens

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s deputy prime minister pledged to defend the country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea as a newly elected National Assembly convened for the first time Thursday. Nguyen Sinh Hung said the government will act to protect Vietnamese fishermen and defend the country’s economic activities in the waterway, including its exploration for oil and […]

Vietnam Legislature Opens With China Sea on Agenda

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s newly elected National Assembly convened for the first time Thursday with rising tensions over the South China Sea on its agenda for the first time. The government has recently proposed various measures to beef up security following reports that Chinese ships have interfered with Vietnamese fishermen and oil exploration vessels in disputed areas of […]

Vietnamese Hold Anti-China Protest Despite Crackdown

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, on Sunday arrested more than a dozen protesters denouncing Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea. The demonstrators were hauled away on buses after a brief demonstration near the Chinese embassy. Another group of protesters later gathered there, but police in riot gear dispersed them. Demonstrators accuse China of violating […]

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US Warships in Vietnam for Joint Training

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam welcomed three U.S. warships to its waters Friday for scheduled port calls and joint training exercises. The U.S. embassy said in a statement that the two sides will conduct seven days of training involving navigation and damage control along with dive and salvage training. No combat drills will be held. Officials have said the […]

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Vietnam Accuses Chinese troops of Attack on Fishermen

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam says armed Chinese soldiers forced their way aboard a Vietnamese fishing boat last week in the South China Sea and beat its captain, before forcing the trawler from an area claimed by both countries. Vietnamese news reports quote coast guard officials as saying the encounter occurred July 5 near the contested Paracel Islands, whose […]

Vietnam Forcibly Breaks Up Anti-China Protest

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces in Vietnam forcibly broke up an anti-China rally in Hanoi Sunday by detaining protesters and journalists covering the event. As soon as protesters gathered within sight of the Chinese embassy in Vietnam’s capital, police herded them onto buses, along with journalists and cameramen recording the rally. Authorities have allowed the rallies on five […]

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Vietnam Reports Rise in Corruption Investigations

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Vietnam are reporting a 6.5 percent increase in the number of corruption cases handled by police in the first six months of 2011. Police officials announced the increase Wednesday in a summary of police activity during the six-month period. Major General Do Kim Tuyen said about 5,300 corruption cases were investigated from January […]

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