Farmers Tried for Fighting Police in Vietnam
A Vietnamese court has begun hearing the trial of four fish farmers charged with attempted murder for fighting back against police and army officers seeking to evict them from their land last year. Landowner Doan Van Vuon and three male relatives are accused of using improvised explosive devices and shotguns and injuring seven security officers. […]

Vietnamese Women Fall Prey to Sex Racket
Fifteen Vietnamese women have been forced into sex slavery after going to work in Russia, according to one of them who managed to escape following a one-year ordeal at a Moscow brothel but is still living in fear of her captors. Huynh Thi Be Huong said she was among four women who initially fled the […]

What Yemen’s crisis reveals about China’s growing global power
On Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported that more than 500 Chinese nationals who were evacuated from Yemen had arrived safely in the city of Djibouti. The evacuees had been picked up by a Chinese fleet Sunday and Monday, fleeing an increasingly dangerous situation in the Middle Eastern state. In the chaotic web of alliances in Yemen’s new conflict, China’s relatively meek intervention might be overlooked. But it’s a noteworthy sign of China’s growing geopolitical power...

Remembering the fall of Saigon
Another Vietnam. Those two words have become a cautionary mantra over the 40 years since the fall of Saigon indelibly etched images of U.S. foreign policy failure in memories and history books. The post-Sept. 11 invasion of Afghanistan and the trillions of dollars spent in vain to rid that country of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants was another Vietnam, many argued then and now. In this April 1975 file photo, orphans aboard the first “Operation Babylift” flight at the end of the Vie...

What China Learned from the Soviet Union’s Fall
Why the process of assessing blame for the collapse of the USSR is still a hot topic in Beijing   In a major speech on July 24, 2012 China’s President, Hu Jintao, called for the country to “unswervingly” carry out reform and opening up and to fight against rigidity and stagnation.  This follows on the heels […]

Vietnam’s Obstacles to Reform
Despite the Vietnamese public’s lack of trust in the government, despite the government’s rights violations, reform remains a distant hope. The path to change is littered with obstacles, and what comes after is equally challenging. Vietnam’s economic woes might finally be turning a corner; however, the damage has been done, and its impact has been […]

How Tippi Hedren made Vietnamese refugees into nail salon magnates
Tippi Hedren When actress Tippi Hedren visited a Vietnamese refugee camp in California 40 years ago, the Hollywood star’s long, polished fingernails dazzled the women there. Hedren flew in her personal manicurist to teach a group of 20 refugees the art of manicures. Those 20 women – mainly the wives of high-ranking military officers and at least one woman who worked in military intelligence – went on to transform the industry, which is now worth about $8bn (£5.2bn) and ...

Trials begin in Vietnam controversial land revocation case
Two trials in the high-profile land revocation case involving a violent clash between farmers and authorities in the northern port city of Hai Phong last year are scheduled to get underway early this month. In one hearing, which will be held April 2-5, Doan Van Vuon, 51, his two brothers and his nephew will be […]

Vietnam: The Retrospect: What Are the Lessons of Vietnam?
When the helicopter rose in flight from the roof of the doomed U.S. embassy in Saigon a decade ago, Americans hoped they had finally left Vietnam behind them. For years afterward there was a widespread effort in the United States to put the Indochina experience out of mind. In the late 1970s, Mike Mansfield, the professor of Far Eastern studies who became U.S. Senate majority leader and then ambassador to Japan, told an English radio audience: The swimming pool inside the American Embassy com...

‘The Memory is Still With Me’
U.S.-trained human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh, 46, was released from prison in 2013 after serving more than three years for “activities aimed at overthrowing” Vietnam’s one-party Communist government. Speaking to RFA’s Vietnamese Service by telephone from his home in Ho Chi Minh City, where he is serving probation, Dinh recounted the day North Vietnamese forces took the city, ending the Vietnam War. Following is an abridged transcript of the interview: Dinh: The memory of April 30, 1975 is st...

Returning to homeland, Vietnamese Americans make their mark
Twenty-seven years ago, Lam Ton was living his American dream. A former interpreter at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, Ton was a can-do Chicago restaurateur who helped revive a declining neighborhood. He was also making a trailblazing return — chronicled by a local TV crew — to the country where, in 1974, his infant son in his arms, he tearfully boarded an evacuating helicopter atop the embassy roof. Today, Ton pursues his dreams for Vietnam, long after trouble, anger and violence drove ...

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies
‘Iron Lady’ Was Among Most Influential Global Leaders of Postwar Period Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who became one of the most influential global leaders of the postwar period, died on Monday, April 8, 2013. LONDON—Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who became one of the most influential global leaders of the […]

China’s Xi Sets Tone on Regional Relations
BOAO, China—Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged Asian “frictions” and “hot spots” in an address on Sunday to regional business and political leaders amid mounting alarm over North Korea’s nuclear threat and territorial disputes between China and its neighbors. Mr. Xi didn’t single out any country in his address at the three-day Boao Forum for Asia, […]

The rise of Chinese contractors in Vietnam
By the end of 2009 Chinese engineering companies were involved in projects worth US$15.4 billion in Vietnam, making the Vietnamese market their largest in Southeast Asia. On occasion, Chinese contractors have even accounted for up to 90 per cent of EPC (Engineering/Procurement/Construction) contracts for thermal power plants in the country. Two major factors account for the […]

Domestic Demand For Illegal Wildlife Meat Grows in Laos
Sales of endangered wildlife in Laos, which has gained notoriety as a haven for the trade, is being driven increasingly by domestic demand from affluent politicians and urban residents who seek animal parts and meat for personal consumption, according to nongovernmental organization officials. The endangered wildlife for sale in the Dongmarkkhay and Nong Niew markets in the capital Vientiane, for example, is being bought mainly by Laotians who want animal parts for medicine or to eat, said an...

Vietnam: The Retrospect: What Are the Lessons of Vietnam?
When the helicopter rose in flight from the roof of the doomed U.S. embassy in Saigon a decade ago, Americans hoped they had finally left Vietnam behind them. For years afterward there was a widespread effort in the United States to put the Indochina experience out of mind. In the late 1970s, Mike Mansfield, the professor of Far Eastern studies who became U.S. Senate majority leader and then ambassador to Japan, told an English radio audience: It seems to me the American people want to forget...

Brazil’s Petrobras Obtains $3.5 Billion in Financing From China Development Bank
Cooperation agreement to be implemented through 2015 and 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Wednesday it signed a $3.5 billion financing deal with the China Development Bank, highlighting the oil giant’s deteriorating financial condition in the wake of a vast corruption scandal as well as China’s growing ties to Latin America. Petrobras didn’t provide any details of the deal, which is part of a cooperation agreement to be implemented this year and in 2016. B...

‘The Memory is Still With Me’
Le Cong Dinh gives an interview from his home in Ho Chi Minh City, April 10, 2015. AFP U.S.-trained human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh, 46, was released from prison in 2013 after serving more than three years for “activities aimed at overthrowing” Vietnam’s one-party Communist government. Speaking to RFA’s Vietnamese Service by telephone from his home in Ho Chi Minh City, where he is serving probation, Dinh recounted the day North Vietnamese forces took the city, ending ...

China says Taiwan welcome to join AIIB with appropriate name
(Reuters) – China welcomes Taiwan’s decision to apply to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as long as the self-ruled island uses an appropriate name, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office has received Taiwan’s letter of intent to join and has passed it to the AIIB’s interim secretariat, Xinhua cited Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang as saying. “The AIIB is open and inclusive,&...

Indonesia Blocks 22 Websites to Combat Islamic Radicalism
JAKARTA— Indonesia says it has blocked 22 websites allegedly used to spread Islamic radicalism. The blockage was requested recently by the National Agency for Combating Terrorism (BNPT). At a hearing before parliament in Jakarta, BNPT head Saud Usman said several criteria are used in the decision to block a website, including urging society to conduct a jihad with the Islamic State in Syria or other countries. “What is needed now is to look for preventive measures  on how to nullify  persuasi...

‘My Sister Was Forced Into Sex Slavery’
Hui Danh’s sister Huynh Thi Be Huong is one of 15 young women from Vietnam who fell prey to a Vietnamese-run sex trafficking ring in Russia. According to the women, when they asked for help from the Vietnamese embassy in Moscow, their situation got worse because officials there were linked with the traffickers. On April 11, 2013 […]

Catholic mothers face enormous pressure to abort baby girls
Three years ago, Hoai Anh terminated her 14-week-old pregnancy after an ultrasound scan showed the baby would be a girl. “I feel thoroughly miserable for having taken away my child’s life. If my parents had also had gender-selective abortion, I would not exist,” the Catholic woman said, in tears. Pale and thin, she says she […]

40 years after Vietnam’s fall, one Sacramento family remembers
Nearly every Sunday, UC Davis student Julia Mai Nguyen visits her great-grandfather, Nhuong Tran, at his tidy mobile home on Mack Road in south Sacramento. She practices her Vietnamese and absorbs 93 years of life lessons from Tran, a Vietnamese refugee who led three generations of the family out of South Vietnam after Saigon fell to the communists 40 years ago. “He’s my best friend,” says Julia, 22. “He and my great-grandma Khai Fan, who died in 2013, helped raise everyone in the family. The...

Vietnam: Rights Dialogue Should Produce Concrete Steps
Washington, DC – The Vietnamese government should use the opportunity of the upcoming US-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue to release political prisoners and make commitments to end the persecution of bloggers, land rights activists, and other peaceful critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The 17th US-Vietnam Human Rights dialogue will take place in Hanoi beginning on April […]

Putin’s New ‘Wunderwaffe': The World’s Deadliest Tank?
Why tankers in the West should be worried about Moscow’s new armor. Russia will display its newest tank during the Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 this year. 20 units of the world’s first series-produced third generation main battle tank, designated T-14 and based upon the new “Armata” universal chassis system, have recently been delivered to the Russian Armed Forces for training purposes. By 2020, Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), the largest main battle tank manufacturer in the world...

Trial begins of Vietnam fish farmer turned folk hero
The trial of a Vietnamese fish farmer who became a folk hero after using homemade shotguns to resist eviction began, with scores of people defying a heavy police presence to show their support. Hundreds of police shut down the roads by the Hai Phong People’s Court to hold back supporters of Doan Van Vuon, who […]

N. Korean Envoy: Nuclear Weapons Not Negotiable
A North Korean diplomat says his country’s nuclear weapons program is not subject to negotiation, rejecting a U.S. call for its denuclearization. The diplomat, from the North Korean mission to the United Nations in New York, told VOA Tuesday his country will not negotiate away its nuclear weapons. “Denuclearization should not be an objective of any future talks with us,” said the official, who preferred to remain anonymous. “We will never give up nuclear weapons before the U...

Returning to homeland, Vietnamese Americans make their mark
People ride past billboards marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, in Hanoi, on Tuesday. (Luong ThaiI Linh / European Pressphoto Agency) Twenty-seven years ago, Lam Ton was living his American dream. A former interpreter at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, Ton was a can-do Chicago restaurateur who helped revive a declining neighborhood. He was also making a trailblazing return — chronicled by a local TV crew — to the country where, in 1974, his infant son ...

Confirmed: Pakistan Will Buy Eight Chinese Subs
Details on the type of vessel as well as the new fleet’s price tag are still unknown. The Pakistani government has approved the purchase of eight new submarines from China. “The National Security Committee has approved, in principle, the acquisition of eight Chinese submarines,” Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Rear Admiral Mukhtar Khan, informed the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence in Islamabad. Details on the type of vessels or their price are murky. IHS Jan...

Three Uyghurs Held for Resisting Land Takeover
Authorities have arrested three Uyghurs who they say resisted and assaulted public officers sent to expropriate their farmland for a market in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, according to local sources. Farmer Mettohti Imin, his teenage son Abdusalam Mettohti, and a family friend were taken into custody in late March after confronting “more than […]

Vietnamese folk hero jailed for 5 years
HANOI — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced two shrimp farmers charged with attempted murder during a land seizure to five years in prison. The case has stoked debate over crucial land use reforms in the country. On Friday, the Hai Phong People’s Court handed down the sentence to shrimp farmer Doan Van Vuon and […]

Armed Ethnic Groups See Myanmar Charter as Barrier to Political Dialogue
The leader of a coalition of Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups said Wednesday that the country’s junta-backed constitution will present an obstacle to political talks with the government following the signing of a formal nationwide cease-fire agreement. Naing Han Thar of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) group representing 16 rebel factions said political dialogue following  the signing of a final peace deal would be difficult if the military adheres to a six-point statement of it...

EU-Vietnam weigh FTA
HANOI – A proposed free-trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Vietnam promises to bolster already fast-rising bilateral trade. While both sides agree an FTA would on the whole be mutually beneficial, negotiations will likely be complicated by the potential socio-economic impacts a pact would have on Vietnam’s fragile transitional economy. Negotiations, which started […]

How Tippi Hedren made Vietnamese refugees into nail salon magnates
When actress Tippi Hedren visited a Vietnamese refugee camp in California 40 years ago, the Hollywood star’s long, polished fingernails dazzled the women there. Hedren flew in her personal manicurist to teach a group of 20 refugees the art of manicures. Those 20 women – mainly the wives of high-ranking military officers and at least one woman who worked in military intelligence – went on to transform the industry, which is now worth about $8bn (£5.2bn) and is dominated by Vi...

Vietnam’s Prosecutors Seek Lenient Sentence for ‘Folk Hero’ Farmer
Vietnamese prosecutors on Thursday (April 4, 2013) asked a court to impose a lenient sentence on a former soldier who fought off a government eviction from his farm, a move some say is meant to avoid angering a public fed up with land seizures and corrupt officials. Prosecutors proposed that Doan Van Vuon be sentenced […]

Remembering the fall of Saigon
Another Vietnam. Those two words have become a cautionary mantra over the 40 years since the fall of Saigon indelibly etched images of U.S. foreign policy failure in memories and history books. The post-Sept. 11 invasion of Afghanistan and the trillions of dollars spent in vain to rid that country of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants was another Vietnam, many argued then and now. The occupation of Iraq in pursuit of its purported weapons of mass destruction was another Vietnam, having wrecked mu...

40 years after Vietnam"s fall, one Sacramento family remembers
Nhuong Tran, 93, prays at his wife Khai Phan’s altar Sunday. They were married for 70 years. Renée C. Byer Nearly every Sunday, UC Davis student Julia Mai Nguyen visits her great-grandfather, Nhuong Tran, at his tidy mobile home on Mack Road in south Sacramento. She practices her Vietnamese and absorbs 93 years of life lessons from Tran, a Vietnamese refugee who led three generations of the family out of South Vietnam after Saigon fell to the communists 40 years ago. “He̵...

Vietnamese always at a disadvantage when doing business with Chinese
China has always been gaining the upper hand in doing business with Vietnam. Experts believe that Vietnam has been yielding to the big foreign partner on many issues. China remains the No. 1 trade partner for Vietnam. A report of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) showed that the two-way trade turnover in […]

US: Vietnam Backsliding On Human Rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration expressed concern Thursday about Vietnam’s “backsliding” on human rights and asserted that advancing individual freedoms is key to U.S. policy in Asia. One example cited is Hanoi’s treatment of bloggers who have faced prosecution under national security laws. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dan Baer told a congressional panel […]

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Says No Electoral Body Reform Lacking Nominee Deal
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday threatened to overturn reforms to the country’s National Election Committee (NEC) if the opposition refuses to accept his nomination of the head of a local election watchdog as a ninth, “neutral” member to the electoral body, based on health concerns. Hun Sen said that if the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) does not accept Hang Puthea, director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (NICFEC...

Bipartisan Panel Calls For Vietnam’s Return to Religious Freedoms Blacklist
A U.S. bipartisan commission called on Thursday for Vietnam to be returned to a State Department blacklist of the world’s worst abusers of religious freedoms, urging at the same time that the places of China, Myanmar, and North Korea on the list be maintained. Vietnam, under one-party communist rule, continues to “severely restrict independent religious practice, and repress individuals and religious groups it views as challenging its authority,” the U.S. Commission on International Religious...

India and the Culture of Innovation
It has potential, but India won’t see innovation gains without cultural and institutional change. “Everyone under 18 has only one guru, Google guru,”said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a Nasscom event in early March. He insisted that India’s IT industry, where innovation plays a critical role, is successful because government is “not there anywhere.” By implying that state participation stifles industry growth, this widespread sentiment belittles industrial planning and the promotion ...

Chinese Authorities Release OneTibetan Monk, Detain Others
A Tibetan monk held in prison in western China’s Sichuan province was freed by authorities Wednesday after serving a seven-year term for opposing Beijing’s rule in Tibetan areas, according to Tibetan sources. His release came just days after four other monks and a layman were taken into custody by police late at night on unknown charges in a restive county in Tibet. Tendar, the chant leader at Amchok Tsenyi monastery in Sichuan’s Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) county in the Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous ...

Vietnamese TV Show Suspended for Moving Hanoi Into China
A new reality TV show in Vietnam has been put on hold for wrongfully depicting the capital of Hanoi as being inside Chinese territory. Also, the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands, claimed by Vietnam in the South China Sea, were omitted in a map seen during the commercial announcing the new show, sparking public outcry. State-owned Vietnam Television (VTV) has coordinated with a private company, Cat Tien Sa, to produce the show “Sabotage,” in which one of the contestants is task...

Vietnamese Blogger’s Home Targeted with Rank Liquid
A prominent blogger said Monday that he and his family in central Vietnam have been victimized by what he believes are agents hired by local security forces to threaten him over his online criticism against the state. The once-imprisoned Huynh Ngoc Tuan, 50, told RFA’s Vietnamese Service that the attack occurred at 12:30 a.m. on […]

Vietnamese Political Prisoner ‘Seriously Ill’
The health of one of Vietnam’s longest-held political prisoners is deteriorating rapidly and he is seeking medical parole, his daughter said Monday, raising concerns about inadequate medical care in the prison. Poet Nguyen Huu Cau, 66, who is serving a life sentence for “sabotage” over his writings that exposed corruption by ruling Communist Party officials, […]

Vietnamese Dissidents Attacked by Police-Linked Thugs
Unidentified assailants believed to be connected to the police on Tuesday ambushed and severely beat a Vietnamese dissident a day after he tried to shield a prominent woman land rights activist from harassment and attack by suspected government agents, according to the victims. Five or six men appeared suddenly from a bush and beat dissident […]

Bipartisan Panel Calls For Vietnam"s Return to Religious Freedoms Blacklist
A man walks past a Catholic church decorated with lighting for Christmas in downtown Hanoi, Dec. 22, 2011. AFP A U.S. bipartisan commission called on Thursday for Vietnam to be returned to a State Department blacklist of the world’s worst abusers of religious freedoms, urging at the same time that the places of China, Myanmar, and North Korea on the list be maintained. Vietnam, under one-party communist rule, continues to “severely restrict independent religious practice, and repr...

Vietnamese TV Show Suspended for Moving Hanoi Into China
Screen shot of erroneous map that aired on reality TV Show. (Photo: VOA Vietnamese service) A new reality TV show in Vietnam has been put on hold for wrongfully depicting the capital of Hanoi as being inside Chinese territory. Also, the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands, claimed by Vietnam in the South China Sea, were omitted in a map seen during the commercial announcing the new show, sparking public outcry. Spratly Islands, China Sea Territorial Claims State-owned Vietnam Television (VTV...

On Trial and Split Apart, Vietnamese Clan Defiant
The broken bricks and roof tiles of Doan Van Vuon’s house, bulldozed by Vietnamese authorities trying to evict him, lie next to his relatives’ new home, a shack of bamboo and corrugated iron that testifies to their perseverance. Vuon and three male relatives have been detained for more than a year and are now on […]

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