Protest in Vietnam marks anniversary of clash with China at Spratly Islands

Anti-China protesters shout anti-China slogans during a flower-laying ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1988 naval battle between China and Vietnam near Spratly reefs, in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters

China and Vietnam have been locked in long-standing territorial disputes over the Spratlys, also known as the Nansha Islands, and often trade diplomatic barbs over oil exploration and fishing rights in the contested waters.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 2:54am

Critics target Vietnamese government in rare debate

A poster marking the 83th anniversary of the foundation of Vietnamese Communist Party. Vietnam’s government says it will not tolerate criticism of one-party rule.  Photo: AP

Vietnam’s government has made it clear it will not tolerate criticism of one-party rule even as it asks the public for suggestions over revisions to the country’s constitution.

28 Feb 2013 - 6:31pm 1 comment

Vietnam marks 40 years since Paris Peace Accords

Former delegates of the Paris peace talks arrive for the 40th anniversary ceremony of the 1973 Paris Peace Accord in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters

Communist party leaders gathered in Hanoi on Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, the culmination of painstaking talks that ended America’s direct military involvement in Vietnam.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:42pm

Joint-city bids ruled out by OCA as Hanoi wins Asian Games for 2019

President of OCA Sheikh Ahmad (front centre) signs an agreement with the delegates of Vietnam during the OCA's general assembly.

A joint-city bid for the 2023 Asian Games was ruled out by the head of the Olympic Council of Asia yesterday after Hanoi was declared the winner of the 2019 edition, defeating Indonesia's Surabaya in a tight race.

There were suggestions from certain sections of the OCA previously that a joint bid by Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen for the 2023 Games might be attractive and cost-saving.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Hanoi expected to be voted host of 2019 Asian Games

Hanoi expected to be voted host of 2019 Asian Games

Hanoi has emerged as favourite to win today's Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) vote to host the 2019 Asian Games, the second-largest multi-sports games next to the Olympics, which Hong Kong thumbed its nose at and turned down the opportunity to contest.

8 Nov 2012 - 5:24am

Vietnamese student held, accused of spreading anti-state propaganda

A policeman blocks photographers from taking pictures during an anti-China protest in Hanoi in July. Photo: Reuters

A 20-year-old Vietnamese student, missing for two weeks since a police raid on her home, is being held for allegedly spreading propaganda against the one-party communist state, reports said on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Old street, new chic

In the shadows of every gleaming new office high-rise, there's a haphazard maze of narrow streets lined with quirky houses where balconies drip with bougainvillea. Life in Hanoi is still lived on these streets. Read a novel on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, get a pedicure or a haircut, sip a beer cooled with ice cubes and, of course, scoff down a steaming bowl of pho bo.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Xi glosses over territorial rows in Hanoi talks

China and Vietnam yesterday brushed aside differences over territorial disputes and vowed to further consolidate bilateral ties on the second day of Vice-President Xi Jinping's visit to Hanoi.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Test of mettle for Xi in Vietnam

Vice-President Xi Jinping is due to visit neighbouring Vietnam next week - a mission that analysts believe will see him wade into South China Sea issues as a key test ahead of his expected elevation to the full presidency in 2013.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hanoi coming to the fore

On January 1, 2009, Vietnam opened the door allowing foreigners to buy condominiums for the first time, subject to certain conditions. The result was more like a floodgate effect, as cashed-up investors realised how far their money could go in a new market with low entry prices.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing takes softer line with its neighbours

Recent diplomatic efforts to improve relations between China and its neighbours, which have been strained by disputes over the South China Sea, suggest that Beijing is taking a more conciliatory approach to resolving the tensions.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing improves ties with Hanoi

A chill that had befallen Sino-Vietnamese ties is thawing, as the two countries have shifted focus from territorial disputes to other, non-sensitive areas of co-operation, state media in Beijing and Hanoi report.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Military talks clear way for Vietnam's top leader

Top-level Sino-Vietnamese military meetings in Beijing this week appear to have cleared the path for a visit by Vietnam's new top leader, Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, later this year.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Suite dreams for drama queens

An ever-growing fleet of luxury cars, hip boutique openings and celebrity visits are rapidly transforming Vietnam into the next luxury travel destination. If you want to sleep in Kristin Scott Thomas' bed, for example, go to the Hotel de l'Opera, Hanoi's new luxury boutique hotel, and ask for room 606.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hanoi sends message with military calendar

While China last week allowed online bloggers to leak the first images of its prototype stealth jet fighter, Vietnam is revealing its own tricks in the transparency stakes - slipping photos of cutting-edge anti-aircraft missile batteries into a calendar.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am