Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey is based in Hanoi as the Vietnam Bureau Chief for Deutsche Presse-Agentur. As a freelance journalist, he also writes for South China Morning Post and other publications, covering human rights, culture, geopolitics, and the environment.

Latest from Chris Humphrey

Vietnam’s Congress ends with focus on growth, graft fight and managing US-China ties

A resurgence of coronavirus in the country served to dampen proceedings, after Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected for an ‘unprecedented’ third term.

A resurgence of coronavirus in the country served to dampen proceedings, after Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected for an ‘unprecedented’ third term.

2 Feb 2021 - 10:43PM
Vietnam ramps up crackdown on dissent ahead of Communist Party congress

The harsh jail terms given to three journalists this week, including prominent activist Pham Chi Dung, are just the latest in a string of sentences handed out to critics.

The harsh jail terms given to three journalists this week, including prominent activist Pham Chi Dung, are just the latest in a string of sentences handed out to critics.

7 Jan 2021 - 10:59PM
For Vietnam, Biden win could mean end of USTR currency and trade inquiries

The inquiries into currency manipulation and furniture exports, launched before the US election, could now be paused or cancelled.

The inquiries into currency manipulation and furniture exports, launched before the US election, could now be paused or cancelled.

12 Nov 2020 - 9:22PM
As US pledges help in South China Sea, Vietnam wary of antagonising Beijing

The US signed an agreement with Vietnam to assist its fishing vessels against intimidation, but it’s unlikely to extend to military support at sea.

The US signed an agreement with Vietnam to assist its fishing vessels against intimidation, but it’s unlikely to extend to military support at sea.

29 Jul 2020 - 9:46PM
Philippines expresses ‘deep concern’ after China-Vietnam incident in South China Sea

The April 3 collision between vessels from China and Vietnam has upped the ante over discussions on a code of conduct in the waters, analysts say.

The April 3 collision between vessels from China and Vietnam has upped the ante over discussions on a code of conduct in the waters, analysts say.

16 Apr 2020 - 8:49PM
US navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt to visit Vietnam as South China Sea tensions simmer

The US has identified former foe Vietnam as a strategic partner in the resource-rich waterway, most of which is claimed by China.

The US has identified former foe Vietnam as a strategic partner in the resource-rich waterway, most of which is claimed by China.

4 Mar 2020 - 10:32PM
Australian retiree’s 12-year jail term highlights Vietnam’s tightening grip on dissent

Retired baker Chau Van Kham has been sentenced to 12 years for ‘terrorist activities against the state’ in a trial that human rights campaigners say is part of a wave of repression.

Retired baker Chau Van Kham has been sentenced to 12 years for ‘terrorist activities against the state’ in a trial that human rights campaigners say is part of a wave of repression.

13 Nov 2019 - 6:32AM
Slovak paedophile’s conviction a watershed for Vietnam

First prosecution since closure of a legal loophole that enabled men to sexually abuse young boys without it being considered a sex crime raises hopes the country has turned a corner on child abuse.

First prosecution since closure of a legal loophole that enabled men to sexually abuse young boys without it being considered a sex crime raises hopes the country has turned a corner on child abuse.

28 Sep 2018 - 5:25PM
Meet the brave drag queens tearing up Hanoi’s nightlife

What began as a viewing party for RuPaul’s Drag Race is fast becoming a mainstay of the Vietnamese capital’s LGBT scene. But it has not been an easy transition

What began as a viewing party for RuPaul’s Drag Race is fast becoming a mainstay of the Vietnamese capital’s LGBT scene. But it has not been an easy transition

17 May 2018 - 8:38PM