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Opinion | How Vietnamese army’s rising influence in politics reflects South China Sea security concerns

The army’s increased leverage in Vietnam’s Communist Party reflects security concerns over South China Sea tensions, but it has also deepened its influence through significant business interests, such as in Viettel.

The army’s increased leverage in Vietnam’s Communist Party reflects security concerns over South China Sea tensions, but it has also deepened its influence through significant business interests, such as in Viettel.

2 May 2021 - 5:00PM
Opinion | In Vietnam’s power plants, US finds a counter to China’s belt and road

An alternative to the belt and road will make regional countries less reliant on Chinese funding, while encouraging Beijing to make its lending more transparent, writes Le Hong Hiep.

An alternative to the belt and road will make regional countries less reliant on Chinese funding, while encouraging Beijing to make its lending more transparent, writes Le Hong Hiep.

5 Feb 2021 - 7:11AM
Opinion | Vietnam’s dilemma with Chinese infrastructure investment: should it choose growth or security?

Hanoi’s decision to stop foreign investors from funding its North-South Expressway means financing the project is now a concern. But it has shown that security issues do trump development needs.

Hanoi’s decision to stop foreign investors from funding its North-South Expressway means financing the project is now a concern. But it has shown that security issues do trump development needs.

11 Oct 2019 - 9:08AM
Opinion | South China Sea stand-off shows Vietnam has few options in dealing with Beijing’s bullying

Impasse at the Vanguard Bank suggests diplomacy is Vietnam’s first – and last – line of defence against China’s assertiveness in the contested waters

Impasse at the Vanguard Bank suggests diplomacy is Vietnam’s first – and last – line of defence against China’s assertiveness in the contested waters

8 Aug 2019 - 5:42PM
Opinion | Beijing’s South China Sea stance is driving Vietnam into America’s arms

China and Vietnam should be natural partners – not least because of a shared ideology – but by ignoring Hanoi’s legitimate security concerns and pressing ahead with its own claims instead, Beijing is creating a new US ally out of a former enemy, says Le Hong Hiep.

China and Vietnam should be natural partners – not least because of a shared ideology – but by ignoring Hanoi’s legitimate security concerns and pressing ahead with its own claims instead, Beijing is creating a new US ally out of a former enemy, says Le Hong Hiep.

25 Jul 2019 - 10:50AM
Asian Angle | Vietnam races to launch 5G network, but Chinese tech giant Huawei notably left out of plan

As Hanoi seeks to boost ties with Washington, Vietnam’s new hi-tech network is likely to come without the Chinese tech maker’s gear

As Hanoi seeks to boost ties with Washington, Vietnam’s new hi-tech network is likely to come without the Chinese tech maker’s gear

4 May 2019 - 3:57AM
Opinion | Vietnam wants a South China Sea dispute resolution pact with teeth, not more politics

Asean member states and China are a step closer to forming a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea after years of operating a toothless diplomatic pact that has failed to reduce tensions.

Asean member states and China are a step closer to forming a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea after years of operating a toothless diplomatic pact that has failed to reduce tensions.

9 Apr 2019 - 12:30PM
Opinion | Can a real estate developer jump start Vietnam’s car industry?

Within a year, VinFast has built a 350 hectare manufacturing complex and developed two prototypes that debuted in Paris. Can it keep up the pace?

Within a year, VinFast has built a 350 hectare manufacturing complex and developed two prototypes that debuted in Paris. Can it keep up the pace?

26 Jan 2019 - 3:01PM