Bennett Murray

Bennett Murray

Bennett Murray was the Hanoi bureau chief for Deutsche Press-Agentur between 2016 and 2019. He is currently a freelance journalist based in the Washington, DC metro area. A recipient of the Alfa Fellowship for the 2021-22 programme year, he is awaiting to begin a reporting fellowship in Moscow.

Latest from Bennett Murray

Vietnamese in Ukraine and Russia find themselves with divided loyalties

Vietnamese community in Ukraine back war effort, while those in Russia have sought to distance themselves from conflict despite support.

Vietnamese community in Ukraine back war effort, while those in Russia have sought to distance themselves from conflict despite support.

14 Aug 2022 - 11:00AM
US VP Harris seeks strategic upgrade to Vietnam ties, calls for pressure against Beijing in South China Sea

US Vice-President Kamala Harris said Washington wants a strategic partnership with Hanoi but even as Vietnam pushes back against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, experts say it’d be loathe to provoke its neighbour.

US Vice-President Kamala Harris said Washington wants a strategic partnership with Hanoi but even as Vietnam pushes back against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, experts say it’d be loathe to provoke its neighbour.

28 Aug 2021 - 1:25PM
Vietnam’s new PM a surprise, but won’t herald change in approach to US, China: analysts

Ex-intelligence agent Pham Minh Chinh was a dark horse candidate to head the government, observers say, but they expect him to maintain good ties with Washington while not excessively alienating Beijing.

Ex-intelligence agent Pham Minh Chinh was a dark horse candidate to head the government, observers say, but they expect him to maintain good ties with Washington while not excessively alienating Beijing.

7 Apr 2021 - 11:33AM
Vietnam pins hopes on Japan to face down Beijing in South China Sea oil hunt

Analysts say China is likely to test Vietnam through maritime provocations if the energy ventures go ahead.

Analysts say China is likely to test Vietnam through maritime provocations if the energy ventures go ahead.

4 Jan 2021 - 8:05AM
South China Sea: Trump’s national security adviser heads to Vietnam, Philippines in last-gasp anti-China push

Robert O’Brien is expected to meet Vietnam’s PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and national security officials in the Philippines, as part of a move aimed at cementing Trump’s legacy of countering Beijing in Asia, analysts say.

Robert O’Brien is expected to meet Vietnam’s PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and national security officials in the Philippines, as part of a move aimed at cementing Trump’s legacy of countering Beijing in Asia, analysts say.

19 Nov 2020 - 9:40PM
‘I am sure he is dead’: In Vietnam, families contemplate the perilous journey of suspected Essex truck victims

Among the mourning are Nguyen Dinh Gia, 57, who received a call warning of his son’s death and asking for his sympathy.

Among the mourning are Nguyen Dinh Gia, 57, who received a call warning of his son’s death and asking for his sympathy.

29 Oct 2019 - 7:57PM
Vietnam gets a bite at the cherry as US farm exports find new market amid US-China trade war

American producers wrestling with the US-China trade war are being forced to offload meat and fruit at knockdown prices in countries such as Vietnam. Shoppers are delighted but local farmers are struggling to compete.

American producers wrestling with the US-China trade war are being forced to offload meat and fruit at knockdown prices in countries such as Vietnam. Shoppers are delighted but local farmers are struggling to compete.

21 Aug 2019 - 9:17PM
Vietnam’s plan for all students to speak English didn’t work – but its education system still shines

The country ranks ahead of Thailand and Indonesia in English proficiency, even though a government initiative to make all students learn the language has fallen short.

The country ranks ahead of Thailand and Indonesia in English proficiency, even though a government initiative to make all students learn the language has fallen short.

26 Feb 2019 - 11:13PM
For Vietnamese, the Trump-Kim summit is a celebration of the country’s post-war progress

Some 2 million civilians and 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters were killed in fighting between 1954 and 1975.

Some 2 million civilians and 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters were killed in fighting between 1954 and 1975.

25 Feb 2019 - 10:05PM
After US advice, is North Korea trying to copy Vietnam?

A high-level meeting raises speculation Pyongyang is looking to emulate Hanoi’s experience of mixing communism and economic reform

A high-level meeting raises speculation Pyongyang is looking to emulate Hanoi’s experience of mixing communism and economic reform

1 Dec 2018 - 4:33PM
Here’s who wins and also loses in US-China trade war: Vietnam

Trump’s trade war is boosting Vietnam by driving Chinese firms south, but the rising labour costs this has caused are a mixed blessing. What’s more, a greater Chinese presence could put Vietnam in Washington’s crosshairs.

Trump’s trade war is boosting Vietnam by driving Chinese firms south, but the rising labour costs this has caused are a mixed blessing. What’s more, a greater Chinese presence could put Vietnam in Washington’s crosshairs.

20 Nov 2018 - 4:03AM
Is Vietnam’s new leader taking cues from China’s Xi Jinping?

Nguyen Phu Trong is the head of the Communist Party, the country’s president, and the head of its military – sound familiar?

Nguyen Phu Trong is the head of the Communist Party, the country’s president, and the head of its military – sound familiar?

27 Oct 2018 - 12:10PM
How Vietnam fell in love with John McCain

From a navy captain bombing Hanoi to an esteemed friend of the country, the late senator mirrors America’s complex relationship with Vietnam. But there’s more to McCain’s appeal in Vietnam – he was years ahead of his peers in rooting for friendship.

From a navy captain bombing Hanoi to an esteemed friend of the country, the late senator mirrors America’s complex relationship with Vietnam. But there’s more to McCain’s appeal in Vietnam – he was years ahead of his peers in rooting for friendship.

20 Sep 2018 - 11:27AM
Vietnam’s Catholics: cross with China, and all communists

Catholics make up just 7 per cent of Vietnam’s population, but play an outsize role in the nation’s underground dissident movement. In return, they say, churches are demolished, priests arrested and the religion smeared

Catholics make up just 7 per cent of Vietnam’s population, but play an outsize role in the nation’s underground dissident movement. In return, they say, churches are demolished, priests arrested and the religion smeared

20 Aug 2018 - 3:42PM
Vietnamese see special economic zones as assault from China

The South China Sea dispute, along with memories of the 1979 border war, run deep in the Vietnamese national psyche, making SEZs viscerally unpopular.

The South China Sea dispute, along with memories of the 1979 border war, run deep in the Vietnamese national psyche, making SEZs viscerally unpopular.

7 Jun 2018 - 9:52PM
3 Dec 2017 - 7:03PM