Vietnam’s China challenge

After one of the most highly contested Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) elections to date, the incumbent General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. The next major challenge for the new … Continue reading Vietnam’s China challenge


Vietnam’s banking system: Drowning in the debt

While Vietnam’s non-performing loans take a heavy toll on the economy, authorities’ efforts to tackle the problem remain in their infancy By Khac Giang Nguyen Early this year, the Vietnamese central bank had quite a serious quarrel with Moody’s, one of the world’s big-three rating agencies. Moody’s estimated on February 18 that non-performing loans (NPLs) … Continue reading Vietnam’s banking system: Drowning in the debt

China-Vietnam dispute in a nutshell

  The recent tensions between Vietnam and China have rocked the peaceful Asia-Pacific region. Here is the basic background. As a Vietnamese national, I try to keep this as objective as possible.   What happened? In early May 2014, China moved a giant drilling rig, named HD-981, into the area claimed by both China and … Continue reading China-Vietnam dispute in a nutshell