By Tran Van Minh Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike last Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts. The stoppage by thousands of workers at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City […]
Vietnamese leader says banning social media sites impossible
AP Wire Service HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s prime minister said Thursday that it is impossible to ban social media such as Facebook so authorities in the communist nation instead should provide correct information to inform public opinion.
Vietnam allows anti-China protest over oil rig in Paracel Islands
By Chris Brummitt Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam allowed several hundred demonstrators to stage a noisy rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on May 11 against Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in the contested South China Sea that has triggered a tense standoff and raised fears of confrontation.
US ups security aid to SE Asia, criticizes China
By Matthew Lee and Matthew Pennington Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered harsh words for China and new maritime security assistance for Southeast Asia on Dec. 16 to bolster countries facing growing Chinese assertiveness in a region where the two world powers are jockeying for influence.
Vietnam court convicts dissident Facebook user
By Staff The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – A Vietnamese court on Tuesday convicted a dissident of using Facebook to spread criticism of the government, but then suspended the 15-month prison sentence it imposed. The verdict in southern Vietnam meant Dinh Nhat Uy was released from detention. The charge sheet against Uy was the first to mention Facebook […]
Vietnam frees dissident on appeal
By Chris Brummitt Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese appeals court overturned a six-year prison sentence against a dissident and halved the jail term of another in a rare show of leniency by the country’s Communist authorities.
Vietnamese police break up anti-China protest
By Chris Brummitt The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Police detained about 15 anti-China protesters June 2 during a march in the Vietnamese capital that showed the domestic pressure the government faces when dealing with Beijing’s muscular approach to territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Russians attempt to topple Google in Vietnam
By Chris Brummitt The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s booming Internet scene is littered with failed startups that tried to take on Google and other entrenched U.S. web companies. That’s not deterring a newly launched Russian-Vietnamese outfit that believes it can unseat the American search engine in this fast-growing Asian market and also […]
US, Vietnam far apart on human rights
By Chris Brummitt and Matthew Pennington The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities seeking to stop a well-known democracy activist from meeting an American diplomat last weekend deployed an unusual weapon — a group of elderly ladies.
Critics pile on Vietnam in rare constitutional debate
By Chris Brummitt THE Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s leaders sought to boost their flagging legitimacy by asking the public for suggestions on constitutional reform. What they got instead was rare open criticism of one-party rule, a fired journalist turned poster boy for dissent, and another lesson on how the Internet has changed […]