Government of Vietnam

Crew quizzed as 6.4kg gold stash found on Vietnam Airlines flight

Vietnamese authorities discovered almost 6.4kg of gold bars stashed in the cockpit of a Vietnam Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Hanoi last week - and no one would admit owning them.

Sunday, 15 February, 2009, 12:00am

Election of PM clears path for new era in Vietnam

Expectations rise for reform as old guard steps aside

The election yesterday of former deputy premier Nguyen Tan Dung as prime minister, ushered in a younger and more cosmopolitan political leadership in Vietnam.

28 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Winds of change blow old cadres from party leadership

The sight of a young Hanoi student three metres up a tree, straining for a glimpse of Microsoft founder Bill Gates during his weekend visit, is one of the more telling images surrounding the Communist Party congress now under way.

24 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Gossip and intrigue in Vietnam on who's in ... and out

It is known as the art of 'Kremlinology', Hanoi-style.

Once every five years, the businesspeople, diplomats and scholars watching Vietnam's leadership start to plot the possible changes ahead of the Communist Party's congress. The game of who's up and who's down involves rounds of gossip and intrigue - and not always a great deal of fact.

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Tenth Anniversary of Galerie La Vong

The gallery, which has championed the finest in Vietnamese art over the years, opens a special group exhibition tomorrow, featuring the likes of Buu Chi (top), Do Quang Em (above), Pham Luan, Le Thanh Son, Nguyen Thanh Binh, Viet Dung and Phan Cam Thuong. Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central. Inquiries: 2869 6863. Until June 27

11 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Economic reform agenda reflected in cabinet move

The National Assembly was expected yesterday to formally approve a new cabinet, further cementing the agenda of the Communist Party's top leaders.

No substantial changes are expected, reflecting a view among some observers that this is a routine reshuffle and that the government has achieved a level of stability.

7 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Hot stuff

Keeping Cool VIII: Galerie La Vong's traditional summertime exhibition features works that reflect the pleasures of the season. On show are paintings by Nguyen Trung, Tran Luu Hau, Nguyen Thanh Binh, Dao Thanh Dzuy, Pham Luan and Dang Thi Duong. Pictured is On The Beach by Dang Thi Duong. 10.30am-6.30pm Monday-Saturday. Galerie La Vong, 13/F One Lan Kwai Fong. Tel: 2869 6863.

24 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Carrier plans expansion with US$500m in plane purchases

Vietnam Airlines is seeking approval to expand its fleet to enable it to open at least three new routes, according to company general director Dao Manh Nhuong.

7 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Party man to bridge the gap

Nguyen Tan Dung has a problem on his hands. As the recently appointed governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, the central bank, he has inherited an institution that has followed a finger-in-the-dyke strategy with financial policy.

As soon as it has issued a regulation to plug one leak, the system immediately springs another.

18 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Kickstart for Vietnam

Although the real direction of the Vietnamese Government will not be seen until we know who will hold the key post of Communist Party General Secretary, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai's new Cabinet takes the country a step nearer to a free market economy. Do Muoi, Vietnam's top leader, is 80 and has repeatedly called for young blood to revitalise the country.

30 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Back-room politics to decide leaders

Even by the shadowy standards of Vietnamese politics, the next fortnight is set to be the stuff of considerable intrigue.

By that time, a new prime minister and president will be in place, but doubts are likely to remain over their exact role in the omnipotent 19-member Politburo - the place where the real power lies in this country of 77 million.

18 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Buoyant economy sets scene for development

Message Today, September 2, 1997, the people of Vietnam are very happy to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

2 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

China Beach hosts a new 'invasion'

Hong Kong investors are leading the way in developing China Beach - made famous by the TV series of the same name - as Asia's next resort destination.

2 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Non-stop to the Windy City

United Airlines is once again offering non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Chicago, the longest non-stop service in the world, at 12,461 kilometres.

24 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Investors barred from sensitive projects

Vietnam wants certain sectors off-limits to foreign investors as part of new laws geared to enshrine stricter state control of overseas capital, officials have said.

14 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

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