Nguy?N Minh Tri?T

Old foes set to fashion ever closer friendship

History may hang heavily when the Vietnamese president travels to the US this weekend, the first such post-war mission by a Vietnamese head of state. But it will be a visit defined more by the future than the past.

Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 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

Party congress leaves most bemused

For all the talk on fighting graft and economic reforms, few Vietnamese expect dramatic changes

The flags and banners festooning the streets of Hanoi have been taken down, and the special event centres dismantled.

Within just a couple of days of its conclusion, the physical signs of Vietnam's 10th Communist Party congress have all but vanished.

29 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Party chief promises accelerated reforms

Vietnam's top leader yesterday vowed to accelerate economic reforms and tackle corruption while defending the role of the Communist Party in the country's development.

26 Apr 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

Creative, young, loyal: Hanoi eyes future leaders

Marx and Lenin may glower from giant portraits hanging over Vietnam's Communist Party congress this week, but a very different breed of leader is being sought.

Younger, brighter, cleaner and more creative - that is the message from party delegates as they plot changes to re-energise its collective leadership after 20 years of stuttering reforms.

21 Apr 2006 - 12:00am