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Entführter Vietnamese Trinh Xuan Thanh - Liebesgrüße aus Hanoi
21.07.2018 Sebastian Erb, Marina Mai, Christina Schmidt (taz) - Ein Jahr nach der Entführung ist immer noch nicht alles geklärt. Die Geschichte liest sich wie ein Agentenkrimi.
Am 1. August 2001 reist ein junger Vietnamese, 25 Jahre alt, nach Deutschland, bezieht ein Einzelzimmer in einem Schulungsheim in der bayerischen Kleinstadt Murnau am Staffelsee und beginnt einen Deutschkurs. Die Bundesrepublik hat ihn dazu eingeladen. Genauer gesagt: der Auslandsgeheimdienst BND.
16 Jahre später, am 23. Juli 2017, bezieht derselbe Mann wieder ein Zimmer in Deutschland, in der Kiez-Pension, Berlin-Friedrichshain. Nur wird er dieses Mal nicht lange bleiben, sondern noch am selben Tag wieder auschecken. Er heißt Quang Dung Vu und ist Mitarbeiter der Hauptabteilung 1 des Ministeriums für öffentliche Sicherheit in Viet­nam. Geheimdienst. [Weiterlesen]

US protester released from detention in Vietnam after trial
21.07.2018 Michael Tatarski (The Guardian) - Human rights advocates hail decision for William Anh Nguyen, who was charged with ‘disturbing public order’.
William Anh Nguyen, a 32-year-old American citizen, was released from detention in Vietnam on Friday after a brief trial on charges of “disturbing public order”. He was ordered to leave the country within a day.
Vi Tran, a human rights lawyer based in Taiwan who focuses on Vietnamese law, said in an email she was “beyond happy to see Will released” but suspected Vietnamese people facing the same charge would not be treated the same way. [read more]

Vietnam activists flash and dash under de facto martial law
21.07.2018 By Vu Quoc Ngu (Asia Times) - Persecuted activists resort to 'flash' protests to keep pressure on the government and stay out of prison amid a sweeping clampdown on dissent.
Vietnamese activists and pro-democracy campaigners in Ho Chi Minh City are now locked in a game of cat-and-mouse with security forces as the country’s main economic hub falls under the grip of de facto martial law.
Authorities have tightened their public controls in the city in a bid to prevent new rounds of protests in the wake of last month’s popular eruptions against two controversial proposed laws on special economic zones and cybersecurity.
But patriotic pro-democracy activists are not bowing meekly to the government’s latest wave of repression. Initiated by a dissident known pseudonymously as Vu Thach, activists are now holding flash public protests at times and places where the police and security forces are not present in Ho Chi Minh City. [read more]

Entführter Vietnamese Trinh Xuan Thanh - Deutschland hat Entführer ausgebildet
20.07.2018  Sebastian Erb, Marina Mai, Christina Schmidt (taz) - Taz-Recherchen zeigen, dass mindestens zwei der mutmaßlichen Täter von BND und BKA geschult wurden.
Ein Jahr nach der Entführung eines Vietnamesen aus dem Berliner Tiergarten zeigen taz-Recherchen, dass deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden schon länger engen Kontakt zu den mutmaßlichen Entführern hatten. Mindestens zwei der mutmaßlichen Täter wurden vom Bundesnachrichtendienst beziehungsweise dem Bundeskriminalamt geschult. [Weiterlesen]

US-Amerikaner nach Haft abgeschoben
20.07.2018 (Der Farang) - HANOI (dpa) - Vietnam hat einen US-Amerikaner des Landes verwiesen, der sich an einer Demonstration gegen die kommunistische Ein-Parteien-Regierung beteiligt hatte.
Die Entscheidung wurde nach Berichten der staatlich gelenkten Presse von einem Gericht am Freitag damit begründet, dass der Student William Nguyen die «öffentliche Ordnung» gestört habe. Nach mehr als einem Monat im Gefängnis soll er nun abgeschoben werden. [Weiterlesen]

Prague suspends admission of work visa applications by Vietnamese
20.07.2018 (CTK) - Prague - The Czech Republic suspended the acceptance of work visa applications by Vietnamese on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday, citing the recent overburdening of the Czech embassy in Hanoi and also security risks.
Interior Minister Jan Hamacek (Social Democrats, CSSD), who is also acting foreign minister, said "the measure has been taken as a result of the long-soaring number of these applications submitted to the Czech diplomatic mission in Hanoi, whose capacity has got overburdened, and also due to the risks that the National Security Council (BRS) discussed recently." [read more]

State-run Vietnamese news website suspended by Vietnamese state
19.07.2018 By Max Walden (Asian Correspondent) - THE website of widely-read Vietnamese newspaper Tuổi Trẻ has been banned from publishing content for three months and fined US$10,000 after being accused by the government of publishing false information.
The Vietnamese-language website Tuổi Trẻ Online was suspended this week after the country’s Press Authority said it had published a story and allowed comments on its website that were “untrue” and a threat to “national unity”.
Critics of Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law say it will be used to further crackdown on activism and the media, by prohibiting the creation, posting or spreading of information that is deemed to be “propaganda opposing the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” [read more]

Flucht über das Meer: Der Bönener Sy Hoang kam als Boatpeople nach Deutschland
18.07.2018 (Westfälischer Anzeiger) - BÖNEN- Die Geschichte ist ein Wiederholungstäter. Tausende verzweifelte Menschen versuchen derzeit, über das Mittelmeer das für sie sichere Europa zu erreichen. Täglich sterben Kinder, Frauen und Männer bei dieser Flucht. Ähnliche Bilder gingen vor 40 Jahren schon einmal um die Welt. Damals war es nicht das Mittelmeer, sondern das Südchinesiche Meer. Die Flüchtenden kamen aus Vietnam. Auch sie flohen vor Krieg, Terror und Verfolgung. Einer von ihnen war Sy Hoang aus Bönen.
Die Bilder sind blass: ein Strohdach, ein kleiner Bach. Und dann das Boot in dunkler Nacht, viel zu viele Menschen sind an Bord. Lediglich an die Ohrfeige, die ihm sein Cousin verpasst hat, kann sich Sy Hoang noch klar erinnern. [Weiterlesen]

Entführung von Trinh Xuan Thanh - Vietnamese gesteht Mittäterschaft
17.07.2018 Sebastian Erb, Marina Mai, Christina Schmidt (taz) - Fast ein Jahr nach der Entführung eines vietnamesischen Geschäftsmanns in Berlin hat ein mutmaßlicher Mittäter gestanden.
Am Ende legt der Angeklagte doch ein richtiges Geständnis ab. Long N.H., 47 Jahre alt, lässt es einen seiner Verteidiger verlesen. Er gibt zu, dass er Teil einer Entführung war, organisiert vom vietnamesischen Geheimdienst. Er sei in den Tatplan eingeweiht worden, gesteht er, bevor er das erste Mal ein Auto für die Entführer angemietet habe.
Das Geständnis an diesem Dienstag ist Teil eines sogenannten Deals: N.H. gibt die Tat zu, er bekommt dafür eine mildere Strafe – der Prozess vor dem Berliner Kammergericht kann abgekürzt werden. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnamesische Zeitung stillgelegt - Zwangspause für ein Parteiorgan
17.07.2018 Marina Mai (taz) - Drei Monate darf die vietnamesische News-Plattform „Tuoi Tre Online“ nicht publizieren. Der Staatspräsident fühlte sich falsch zitiert.
Vietnams Informationsministerium hat am Montag mit sofortiger Wirkung die größte vietnamesische Onlinezeitung Tuoi Tre Online („Junge Redaktion Online“) für die Dauer von drei Monaten eingestellt. Die Einstellung der Zeitung gilt als Strafmaßnahme für „irreführende Informationen“ in zwei Artikeln von Tuon Tre Online, wie die Zeitung selbst mitteilt. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam : Un homme s’immole par le feu en guise de protestation
14.07.2018 (7sur7senegal) - Bui Huu Tuan, un homme âgé de 68 ans, est décédé jeudi après s’être immolé par le feu, parce qu’il avait été condamné à cinq ans de prison pour abus de pouvoir.
L’ancien chef du village de Dao Ngan, dans le district de Chuong My à Hanoi, s’était rendu au Comité d’accueil du Citizen Central à Hanoi, le matin du 4 juillet pour former un recours contre sa condamnation. Mais sa demande a été rejetée.
Désespéré, il est descendu dans la rue avant de mettre le feu sur ses vêtements. [en savoir plus]

The dangerous quest for a code of conduct in the south china sea
13.07.2018 By Huong Le Thu (AMTI) - The long and bumpy process of consultations on a code of conduct (COC) between China and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has gained some momentum since the July 2016 South China Sea arbitration award. China communicated its willingness to make some progress by adopting a framework for the COC last year. Officials from China and ASEAN met for the  23rd meeting of the Joint Working Group on the implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in Vietnam in March and for the 15th Senior Officials’ Meeting on the Implementation of the DOC in China in June.
It has been over 25 years since ASEAN’s first official commitment, in 1992, to peacefully resolve the disputes in the South China Sea.
But China has time on its side. That time has allowed China to successfully build its capabilities, especially by constructing artificial islands in the Spratlys in recent years. [read more]

Vietnam to Try American for Disturbing Order in Protests
13.07.2018 (U.S. News & World Report) - HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in southern Vietnam is scheduled to put on trial next week an American citizen of Vietnamese descent accused of disturbing public order after he took part in rare protests, state media reported Friday.
William Nguyen, from Houston, was arrested on June 10 after participating in protests in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City against a proposed law on special economic zones, which the protesters fear would be dominated by Chinese investors. [read more]

After Pompeo visit, Vietnam to put American beaten and held on trial
12.07.2018 By Conor Finnegan (abc News) - Vietnam has ordered that an American man beaten by police and now detained for a month to stand trial, even after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought up his case during a visit there this week.
To the family of William Nguyen, the 32-year old man charged with disrupting public space, it's a sign that the U.S. government has not done enough to get Nguyen out and that he could be in for a long road ahead. [read more]

US proposes 'Vietnamese model' for North Korea
10.07.2018 By Kim Bo-eun (The Korea Times) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said North Korea could become as prosperous as Vietnam if it partners with the U.S., and that this could become possible even if the countries were formerly enemies.
"In light of the once-unimaginable prosperity and partnership we have with Vietnam today, I have a message for Chairman Kim Jong-un: President Trump believes your country can replicate this path," Pompeo said in a meeting with the U.S.-Vietnamese business community in Hanoi.
"It's yours if you'll seize the moment. This miracle can be yours. It can be your miracle in North Korea," he said. [read more]

Pompeo pushes Vietnam for ‘speedy resolution’ in detained American’s case
09.07.2018 By Mallory Shelbourne (The Hill) - The State Department on Monday said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the case of an imprisoned American with Vietnamese leaders during a recent meeting.
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo “raised the case of William Nguyen and encouraged a speedy resolution to his case.”
The Vietnam News Agency reported last month that the man, William Nguyen, was prosecuted and imprisoned after participating in protests in Ho Chi Minh City. [read more]

Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Vietnamese Leaders
09.07.2018 (U.S. State Department) - On July 8 and 9, Secretary Pompeo met in Hanoi, Vietnam with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.
The Secretary and Vietnamese leaders discussed our joint commitment toward the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea. The Secretary thanked Vietnam’s leaders for their strong commitment to strictly enforce UN Security Council Resolutions related to North Korea.
They also affirmed their shared interest in upholding peace and security in the South China Sea‎, and their shared concerns over militarization and reclamation of features that runs counter to international law. [read more]

Atomgespräche - Pompeo empfiehlt Nordkorea die Politik Vietnams
08.07.2018 (Zeit Online) - US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo ist zuversichtlich, dass Nordkorea nuklear abrüsten wird. Das Land könne es zu Wohlstand bringen, wenn es dem Beispiel Vietnams folge.
US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo hat Nordkorea eine Politik nach vietnamesischem Vorbild nahegelegt. Machthaber Kim Jong Un könne den Wohlstand seines Landes durch bessere Beziehungen zu den USA mehren, sagte Pompeo bei einem Besuch in der vietnamesischen Hauptstadt Hanoi. Das Wirtschaftswachstum Vietnams solle Nordkorea als Vorbild dienen. "Dieses Wunder kann auch Ihres sein", sagte Pompeo. [Weiterlesen]

A democratic revolution has just begun in Vietnam
08.07.2018 By Khai Nguyen (Asia Times) - Massive but orderly protests across the country hint at the beginning of the end of Communist Party rule.
On June 7, a group of about 300 ordinary Vietnamese in Phan Ri Cua City of Binh Thuan province formed the first rally against a draft law on special economic zones (SEZ). They had trouble before with an ongoing Chinese thermal power plant investment project in their own province and were opposed to more such Chinese investments.
Two days later, tens of thousands of workers at Pouyuen footwear company in Tan Tao Industrial Park, Ho Chi Minh City, went on strike against the SEZ draft law. [read more]

Cybersécurité au Vietnam: les militants se ruent sur l'internet jugé sûr
06.07.2018 (France Soir) - Des dizaines de miliers d'utilisateurs de réseaux sociaux du Vietnam se sont inscrits sur une plateforme dédiée à la "liberté d'expression" après l'adoption d'une loi sur la cybersécurité qui verrouille internet, ont déclaré le site et des militants à l'AFP.
Le texte draconien qui entrera en vigueur en janvier prochain, oblige les plateformes du web à retirer sous 24 heures tous les commentaires considérés comme une menace à la "sécurité nationale".
Elles seront également dans l'obligation de stocker les informations personnelles et les données des utilisateurs.
Beaucoup se tournent à présent vers Minds, une plateforme open-source américaine qui se présente comme un site sûr et fait la promotion de la liberté d'expression, craignant que Facebook ne se conforme aux nouvelles règles. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam activists flock to ‘safe’ social media after cyber crackdown
05.07.2018 (Geo TV) - HANOI: Tens of thousands of Vietnamese social media users are flocking to a self-professed free speech platform to avoid tough internet controls in a new cybersecurity law, activists told AFP.
The draconian law requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam’s Communist government demands it.
The bill, which is due to take effect from January 1, sparked an outcry from activists, who say it is a chokehold on free speech in a country where there is no independent press and where Facebook is a crucial lifeline for bloggers. [read more]

Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law could further undermine free speech, disrupt businesses
02.07.2018 By Mong Palatino (Asian Correspondent) - A NEW cybersecurity law in Vietnam may usher in a new era of increased online censorship, privacy-invasive data processing methods, and deprivation of internet connections for organisations and individuals who publish “prohibited” content.
Critics say the law could worsen attacks on freedom of expression and negatively affect the business prospects of technology companies.
Drafted by the country’s Ministry of Public Security, the law was passed by the National Assembly on June 12, 2018 despite the rare public opposition expressed by some lawyers and netizens. The legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2019. [read more]

Vietnam jails former central bank deputy governor for three years
02.07.2018 (Daily Mail) - A former deputy governor of Vietnam's central bank was jailed for three years Monday for negligence after he oversaw a dodgy restructuring scheme that lost the state $600 million.
Dang Thanh Binh is the most senior State Bank of Vietnam official ever jailed and joins scores of bankers already behind bars for the multi-million dollar scam.
He was sentenced to three years in jail Monday for "negligence causing serious consequences" over the huge scheme, a court clerk confirmed to AFP.
Binh colluded with VNCB boss Pham Cong Danh, who has already been jailed for 30 years for his role. [read more]

Vietnam’s New Cyber Law Could Hobble Foreign Investors and Limit Basic Freedoms
02.07.2018 Murray Hiebert (CSIS) - Vietnam’s controversial new cybersecurity law may dent the country’s well-honed image as a darling of foreign investors, particularly those operating in the information technology space.
How much investment slows will probably depend on how rigorously Hanoi implements the new law. The Vietnam Digital Communication Association has warned that the law’s requirements could reduce foreign investment by 3.1 percent and slow economic growth by 1.7 percent.
The new law, approved on June 12, will require technology firms such as Google and Facebook to store personal data and open offices in Vietnam. [read more]

Activistas taiwaneses y vietnamitas trabajan juntos para obtener justicia para las víctimas del desastre de la vida marina en Vietnam
28.06.2018 Escrito por el equipo chino de Global Voices Lingua, Traducido por Andrea González (Global Voices Español) - En 2016, los residuos tóxicos provenientes de la planta de acero de Formosa, de dueños taiwaneses, provocaron un desastre masivo en la vida marina de Vietnam. Dos años después, con activistas en prisión y los medios de vida de los lugareños destruidos, la lucha por obtener justicia aún está lejos de acabar, y ha mostrado una colaboración significativa entre taiwaneses y vietnamitas.
La dimensión del daño en el medio ambiente sigue incierta. El Gobierno vietnamita no ha publicado su informe oficial de investigación o información ambiental.
Las autoridades afirman que ya resarcieron a casi todos los habitantes afectados; no obstante, con muchos los que indican que no recibieron nada o solo les entregaron una parte. [seguir leyendo]

What is fueling social unrest in Vietnam?
27.06.2018 By Gary Sands (Asia Times) - The detention of an American citizen in Vietnam, arrested while participating in a protest in Ho Chi Minh City, has again drawn international media attention to social unrest in this fast-growing nation of close to 100 million.
The protesters gathered on June 9-11 in several cities, including Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Phan Thiet – where rioters burned the provincial People’s Committee building and several vehicles. [read more]

‘Don’t give our land away’: the clash of interests in Vietnam’s anti-China protests
23.06.2018 (SCMP) - The first sign of trouble came on a Saturday earlier this month when more than 1,000 workers went on strike at a Taiwanese shoe factory in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, blocking a highway.
Chanting slogans and waving banners saying: “We don’t want to give any of our land away to China, not even for one day”, the protesters voiced opposition to the Vietnamese government’s plan to set up three new special economic zones where foreign companies would be granted decades-long leases. [read more]

Vietnams Sorgen: „Die Chinesen übernehmen unser Land“
23.06.2018 Urs Wälterlin (Handelsblatt) - In Vietnam wächst die Opposition gegen die Expansionspolitik und den wachsenden wirtschaftlichen Einfluss Chinas. Und das Volk will noch mehr. ... Seit China begonnen hat, auf einigen der Inseln im Südchinesischen Meer militärische Infrastruktur zu bauen, wird in Vietnam die Frustration über den mächtigen Nachbarn zunehmend auch im Alltag spürbar.
Die Hotelangestellte Kim-Ly sei „total empört, ja wütend“ über Pläne der vietnamesischen Regierung, an drei Orten des Landes weitere „besondere Wirtschaftszonen“ einzurichten. Hanoi will laut offiziellen Angaben aus jeder dieser Anlagen eine Art „Mini-Singapur“ machen: Investoren würden nicht nur attraktive Anreize und günstige Zoll- und Handelsbedingungen winken.
Sie könnten das Land für 99 Jahre pachten, statt 70 Jahre, wie in den bisherigen 18 Sonderwitschaftszonen in Vietnam. „Es ist offensichtlich, dass diese Zonen nur für die Chinesen gebaut werden“, sagt Kim-Ly. [Weiterlesen]

Mass Protests Sweep Vietnam for the First Time in Decades
23.06.2018 By Vu Quoc Ngu (truthout) - “An Arab spring has started to emerge in Vietnam,” said Pham Chi Dung, a former member of the ruling Communist Party, following the largest and most widespread protests in years.
Over the weekend of June 9-10, tens of thousands of Vietnamese took to the streets across the country to protest two bills on cyber security and the creation of new special economic zones, or EEZs. The protest began with the participation of around 50,000 workers from the Pouchen footwear factory in Tan Tao industrial zone in Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest economic hub in the Southeast Asian nation. [read more]

Vietnam tottering over Chinese t-shirts and tourists
23.06.2018 Author: Gary Sands, Wikistrat (East Asia Forum) - A humble t-shirt typically goes unnoticed, except when it displays an inflammatory statement or draws attention to a social cause its wearer chooses to advertise. Recent weeks have seen a few such t-shirts — featuring maps of China — draw significant outrage on social media.
The first incident involved The Gap, a US clothing manufacturer, whose store in Canada sold t-shirts depicting a map of mainland China — minus several disputed regions including Taiwan, south Tibet and islands in the South China Sea. The map drew immediate and widespread anger from Chinese nationalists, prompting the company to issue an apology and remove the t-shirts from circulation.
Shortly after, social media in Vietnam was abuzz over photos of 14 mainland Chinese tourists donning t-shirts depicting a different map of China. The tourists were part of a larger tour group of mainland Chinese who arrived at Cam Ranh International Airport in Vietnam on 13 May. The map showed China’s infamous ‘nine-dash line’, which lays claim to some 90 per cent of the South China Sea — parts of which are claimed by Vietnam. The t-shirts, apparently purchased in China, were eventually confiscated by Vietnamese authorities. [read more]

Vietnam Mass Protests Expose Hanoi’s China Dilemma
21.06.2018 By Tom Fawthrop (The Diplomat) - The huge nationwide protests that rocked Vietnam last week have highlighted Hanoi’s headaches in dealing with China, both as a hostile power in the South China Sea and as a key trading partner and economic investor.
The history of Vietnam-China relations is steeped in a thousand years of Chinese colonization, conflict, and rebellion. The last Chinese invasion was a two-month border war in 1979.
The recent protests centered on the Special Zone Act, a law that would create “special economic zones” (SEZs) with the goal of sparking investment and economic reform. However, the prospect of dodgy deals that allegedly would have handed land over to Chinese investors provoked a flood of angry demonstrations less than two weeks ago, with protesters holding placards that read “No Special Zone — No leasing land to China — Even for one day!” and “Down with those who sell our country.” The chants started in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi but soon spread to towns in six provinces, including Danang, Nha Trang, Binh Thuan, and Tai Ninh.  [read more]

Ex-Aussenminister: Vietnam stellt ernstes Sicherheitsrisiko dar
21.06.2018 Markéta Kachlíková (Radio Praha) - Der ehemalige Außenminister Lubomír Zaorálek (Sozialdemokraten) hält Vietnam für einen Brennpunkt des organisierten Verbrechens. Aus dem Land sei ein Sicherheitsrisiko ersten Ranges geworden, sagte er während einer Sitzung des Auswärtigen Ausschusses des Abgeordnetenhauses am Donnerstag.
Er berichtete, dass die Herstellung von Crystal Meth das Hauptproblem in den bilateralen Beziehungen zwischen Tschechien und Deutschland darstelle. Diese Produktion werde eben von vietnamesischen und chinesischen Gangs organisiert. Die Schäden, die dadurch der Tschechischen Republik entstanden seien, erreichten die Höhe von mehreren Milliarden Kronen, so Zaorálek. Die vietnamesische Seite sei bisher nicht imstande gewesen, gegen das Problem vorzugehen.

Peking will Muslime in Lagern umerziehen
19.06.2018 Von Kai Strittmatter, Peking (SZ) - Weil Peking Unabhängig­keits­bestrebungen befürchtet, sollen in der Provinz Xinjiang bereits Hunderttausende Uiguren und Kasachen interniert worden sein.
Ein Volk von 1,4 Milliarden Menschen, aber nicht einmal elf Mann, die anständig Fußball spielen können: In China ist dieses Lamento derzeit oft zu hören. Während die Welt den Fußball feiert, ist China wieder einmal nur Zuschauer bei der WM. Einer seiner talentiertesten Jungstars aber darf nicht einmal zuschauen - er sitzt im Umerziehungslager. [Weiterlesen]

In Vietnam, distrust of government's China policy fuels protests
19.06.2018 Martin Petty (Reuters) - MANILA - Protests by thousands of people in cities across Vietnam are showing just how easy it is to unite public opinion and mobilise dissent when an issue has one key ingredient: China.
The demonstrations, which are technically illegal, sprung up for a second consecutive week on Sunday, stoked by fears that proposed coastal economic zones for foreigners would be beachheads for an invasion of Chinese businesses.
The proposal makes no mention of China. But political analysts say Vietnamese minds were already made up, with popular Facebook posts reinforcing deep-rooted suspicion that Chinese interests are influencing state policy. [read more]

Vietnam Internet Crackdown Damages Plans to Become Blockchain Hub
19.06.2018 Tim Copeland (NewsBTC) - Vietnam legislators approved a cybersecurity bill on June 12 putting tighter rules on tech companies from the start of 2019. Vietnam has been recognised as a potential hub for blockchain activity but doubts still remain over regulatory uncertainty.
New Cybersecurity Bill Approved
The new bill requires tech companies to hold important personal data locally which means they will need to have a physical presence in the country. It also makes sweeping bans over using the internet in ways that may undermine the state or spread incorrect information [read more]

Katholiken protestieren gegen Internet-Überwachung
19.06.2018 (katholisch.de) - Tausende Katholiken haben sich in Vietnam in der vergangenen Woche an den Demonstrationen gegen ein neues Cybersecurity-Gesetz beteiligt. Mehrere Hundert Demonstranten seien bei den Demonstrationen verletzt und zum Teil verhaftet worden, berichtet UCAnews. Das Gesetz, das am vorigen Dienstag vom vietnamesischen Parlament beschlossen worden war, soll "alle Aktivitäten regeln, die die nationale Sicherheit schützen und die öffentliche Sicherheit und Ordnung im Internet schützen", so der Gesetzestext.
Der emeritierte Bischof von Kon Tum im zentralen Hochland Vietnams, Michael Hoàng Đức Oanh, forderte laut Asianews.it die Staatsgewalt auf, die Rechte der Bürger zu respektieren und verhaftete Demonstranten freizulassen. Das Gesetz kritisierte er dabei scharf: "Der Zweck des neuen Cybersecurity-Gesetzes ist es, die Menschen zu täuschen." [Weiterlesen]

Catholics injured as police suppress protests in Vietnam
19.06.2018 (UCANews) - Catholics have been caught up in a police crackdown aimed at suppressing opposition to a proposed special economic development plan and the approval of a controversial cybersecurity law.
In Ho Chi Minh City, activists estimated that some 200 protesters, many of whom were Catholics, attempted to congregate in the city's downtown area but were detained, beaten and interrogated by police on June 17.
Eyewitnesses said the police action was aimed at stopping any demonstration talking place. [read more]

Eight more held over economic zone law protests
19.06.2018 (The Star) - HANOI: Vietnamese police have arrested eight more people after protests a week ago over a proposed law on special economic zones that protesters fear would fall in the hands of Chinese investors, state media reported.
The men from south central province of Binh Thuan were accused of disturbing public order, opposing officials and damaging state property, state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported yesterday.
Protests against the law took place across the country, including in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City where seven people were arrested for allegedly disturbing security and opposing officials. [read more]

In Vietnam, Discontent Lurks Under Surface of Economic Success
19.06.2018 By John Boudreau (Bloomberg) - Vietnam boasts one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, optimistic citizens and a stable government. But below the surface of positive data points lies discontent that spilled over during recent protests across the country.
On Sunday, hundreds of anti-riot police blanketed central Ho Chi Minh City, the nation’s thriving commercial center, to prevent demonstrations after thousands of Vietnamese took to the streets across the nation the previous week. They were marching against proposed special economic zones with 99-year land leases they fear will lead to Chinese encroachment, as well as cybersecurity legislation they believe will curb online freedoms. [read more]

Obispo vietnamita critica al presidente de su país por censurar el uso de internet
19.06.2018 (InfoCatólica) - Mons. Michael Hoàng Đức Oanh, obispo emérito de Kontum (Vietnam), ha dirigido al presidente Trần Đại Quang una dura crítica por aprobar nuevas restricciones al uso de Internet. También ha condenado a los sacerdotes que votaron a favor de la ley
El prelado demanda al régimen respetar la voluntad del pueblo y los derechos de los ciudadanos, invitando a las autoridades a liberar a los manifestantes arrestados en los últimos días. Mientras tanto, en las principales ciudades y provincias del país hay una presencia policial masiva y miles de católicos han participado en manifestaciones pacíficas en Hà Tĩnh y Vinh (Vietnam Central). Ellos protestan contra la nueva ley sobre la seguridad informática y el proyecto de ley sobre «unidad administrativo-económica especial» que «venderían la tierra a China». [seguir leyendo]

Thousands Protest in Vietnam Against Foreign Investment Plans
18.06.2018 (The Irrawaddy) - Thousands of people in central Vietnam demonstrated peacefully on Sunday against government plans to lease new economic zones to foreign investors, witnesses told Reuters, a few days after protesters in a nearby province clashed with police.
Protesters fear the leases may be snapped up by investors from powerful neighbor China, with which Vietnam has a rocky history, and were also upset about a recently-passed cybersecurity law that they worry would limit free speech.
Public protests in Vietnam are usually quickly quelled by the police. The ruling Communist Party, despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, retains tight media censorship and tolerates little criticism. [read more]

Vietnam: Fears of China-takeover fuel second week of protests
18.06.2018 (Asian Correspondent) - PROTESTS against proposed special economic zones and foreign investment in Vietnam entered their second week on Sunday as thousands demonstrated peacefully in provinces and cities across the country.
While security was tight in many areas, with increased police presence in public areas, thousands gathered peacefully in central Ha Tinh province, according to Reuters.
The nationwide demonstration is in response to a draft law that would allow foreign investors 99-year leases; a provision critics fear would lead to Chinese companies’ encroachment on Vietnamese territory.
Since the protests began on June 9, there have been hundreds of arrests as well as reported assaults by police. [read more]

An American Grad Student Has Been Jailed In Vietnam After Attending A Protest
18.06.2018 Megha Rajagopalan (BuzzFeed News) - An American grad student was badly beaten, dragged down the street and jailed in Vietnam after he joined a large demonstration in Ho Chi Minh City last week, his family says.
Vietnamese police have not formally charged 32-year-old William Nguyen from Houston with any crime, but they have accused him of "disturbing the social order," according to state news reports. He is set to receive a master's degree in public policy in Singapore in July, and was visiting Ho Chi Minh City on a pre-graduation trip.
Nguyen is among dozens of demonstrators detained nationwide on June 10 after protesting a proposed law that would allow foreign investors to lease land for 99 years, which many in the country fear would unfairly favor Chinese companies. [read more]

Thousands hold peaceful protests in Vietnam against foreign investment plans
17.06.2018 (Reuters) -  Thousands of people in central Vietnam demonstrated peacefully on Sunday against government plans to lease new economic zones to foreign investors, witnesses told Reuters, a few days after protesters in a nearby province clashed with police.
Protesters fear the leases may be snapped up by investors from powerful neighbor China, with which Vietnam has a rocky history, and were also upset about a recently-passed cybersecurity law that they worry would limit free speech.
Public protests in Vietnam are usually quickly quelled by the police. The ruling Communist Party, despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, retains tight media censorship and tolerates little criticism. [read more]

From Vietnam, Without Love: The Child Brides Of China
17.06.2018 By Yen Duong (SCMP) - In the rural mountains of Vietnam, young girls are disappearing from their homes with increasing regularity. Many turn up across the border, sold as wives for the price of a buffalo.
Official statistics from Vietnam’s Department of General Police show that between 2011 and 2017, there were 2,700 reported cases of human trafficking, involving nearly 6,000 victims mainly from poor families in rural areas, with little access to education or economic opportunities. The official figures are widely thought to be dwarfed by the number of unreported cases. Police say selling children as brides is rife in provinces near the border with China and is on the rise. [read more]

Südchinesisches Meer – China und USA auf Konfrontation
16.06.2018 (Philippinen Magazin) - In weniger als zehn Jahren soll China die USA als größte Wirtschaftsmacht der Welt ablösen. Parallel dazu rüstet Peking auch militärisch auf. Die Folge: Die USA und China kommen sich im Asien-Pazifik-Raum immer häufiger in die Quere. Vor allem im Südchinesischen Meer ist die Eskalationsgefahr groß.
Anfang Mai in der Küstenstadt Dalian, knapp 500 Kilometer östlich von Peking. Nach monatelangen Tests und Übungen gibt der Kommandant des neuen chinesischen Flugzeugträgers dem diensthabenden Kapitän das Kommando zur Ausfahrt. [Weiterlesen]

China warns citizens in Vietnam after protests fuel anti-Chinese sentiment
12.06.2018 (ABC) - China has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fuelled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.
More than 100 protesters were arrested and dozens of police injured at a protest in central Vietnam on Sunday, one of several demonstrations nationwide against the special economic zones opponents fear will be dominated by Chinese investors.
The Chinese embassy in Hanoi posted a notice on its website referring to the protests as "illegal gatherings" that had included some "anti-China content". [read more]

Vietnamesen demonstrieren gegen Sonderwirtschaftszonen
11.06.2018 (DW) - Die vietnamesische Regierung will ausländische Investoren fördern und plant ein Gesetz zu Sonderwirtschaftszonen. Die Demonstranten fürchten den Ausverkauf des Landes an China. Einen ersten Erfolg konnten sie verbuchen.
Das Gesetz, gegen das Tausende vietnamesische Demonstranten landesweit auf die Straße gingen, sollte diese Woche im Parlament verabschiedet werden. Es sieht die Ausweisung von drei Sonderwirtschaftszonen vor, in denen ausländischen Investoren Land für 99 Jahre pachten können. Darüber hinaus sind weitere Anreize wie vereinfachte Genehmigungen geplant, um ausländisches Geld anzulocken. Die Demonstranten befürchten, dass die in Nord-, Zentral- und Südvietnam gelegenen Zonen (Van Don, Bac Van Phong und Phu Quoc) vor allem an chinesische Investoren gehen. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam Says `Anti-State' Groups Incite Nationwide Protests
11.06.2018 By John Boudreau (Bloomberg) - Vietnam said the groups behind Sunday’s protests against proposed laws demonstrators view as curbing Internet freedom and favoring Chinese investors were trying to damage the country’s image, after the rare display of public activism reportedly turned violent.
Thousands of demonstrators from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City rallied against draft cyber and economic-zone laws being considered by the National Assembly that some view as curbing Internet freedom and favoring Chinese investors. Protesters in the southeast coastal province of Binh Thuan attacked the local People’s Committee with rocks and Molotov cocktails, setting ablaze motorbikes late in the evening, according to local media. [read more]

Vietnam detains 100 after protests turn violent
11.06.2018 (Mail Online) - Authorities in Vietnam have detained more than 100 people after protesters pelted government buildings with rocks and Molotov cocktails, injuring dozens of police officers, state media reported Monday.
The rare demonstrations Sunday took place in several parts of the country in response to legislation on three special economic zones that would grant 99-year leases to companies, stoking fears the deals would go to Chinese firms amid tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea. [read more]

Protestations contre la Chine: des dizaines de personnes arrêtées alors que le patriotisme vietnamien s’aggrave
11.06.2018 (Nouvelles Du Monde) - Les haut-parleurs enfilés entre les palmiers qui bordent la plage ont dit aux citoyens de rester calmes. Le message était que trois nouvelles zones économiques spéciales prévues que les critiques craignaient seraient dominées par la Chine voisine n’étaient pas encore gravées dans la pierre.
“Reste sage, sois calme. Rentrer chez soi! Retournez à la vie quotidienne. Ne joignez pas les protestations “, a déclaré la voix prim en vietnamien dans la ville balnéaire de Nha Trang dans le centre-sud du Vietnam.
Sur la place civique en face de ce point de repère de Nha Trang, Tram Huong Tower, dans le temps étrangement hivernal, une foule de manifestants s’était rassemblée.
Les gens étaient en colère contre un projet de loi qui autoriserait des concessions de 99 ans dans des zones économiques spéciales planifiées, que certains considèrent comme des accords d’amour pour des entreprises étrangères et spécifiquement chinoises. [en savoir plus]

Vietnam protests bigger than ‘anti-China’ nationalism
11.06.2018 By David Hutt (Asia Times) - Massive demonstrations against sovereignty-eroding SEZ legislation gave voice to wider grievances about the Communist Party's repressive rule
Protests erupted across Vietnam on Sunday against government plans to introduce a concession on new special economic zones (SEZs) that would allow land to be leased to foreign investors for a 99-year periods
By the afternoon, tens of thousands of demonstrators had occupied the centers of Hanoi, the capital, and Ho Chi Minh City, the southern economic and financial hub. Large rallies also took place in a handful of other provinces, while solidarity protests were held abroad, from Paris to Tokyo. [read more]

Vietnam protests over feared 99-year leases for China
11.06.2018 (Asian Correspondent) - PROTESTS blocked streets in several major Vietnamese cities on Sunday over plans for new special economic zones, which many fear would be dominated by investment from Chinese firms.
The draft law would allow 99-year concessions to be leased to foreign firms, as part of an initiative to open three new economic zones providing incentives and fewer restrictions announced by Vietnam last May.
Protests went ahead in a number of locations including Hanoi, Binh Thuan and Ho Chi Minh City despite a concession from the communist government, which said Saturday that it would ask parliament to delay approving the law until the end of the year.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also told local media on Thursday that the government would seek to reduce the period of the leases, but did not say by how much. [read more]

Miles de vietnamitas se manifiestan en contra del Gobierno
10.06.2018 (el Periódico) - El Ejecutivo comunista de Hanoi incrementa los lazos políticos y económicos con Pekín y amenaza con mayor censura
Miles de personas se manifestaron en las principales ciudades de Vietnam en contra de los planes del Gobierno de aprobar una restrictiva ley de ciberseguridad y crear zonas económicas especiales que favorecen el control de inversiones de China. Las principales protestas se produjeron en Hanoi, la capital, y en Ho Chi Minh (antigua Saigón), donde medio millar de personas salieron a la calle, una estampa poco habitual en Vietnam, donde las manifestaciones están prohibidas por el Partido Comunista.
"En Hanoi la manifestación ha sido reprimida y la Policía también ha arrestado a algunos de los participantes", declaró Nguyen Chi Tuyen, uno de los activistas más prominentes. [seguir leyendo]

Analysts: US Military Moves in South China Sea Little Help to Vietnam, Philippines
08.06.2018 Ralph Jennings (VOA) - TAIPEI, TAIWAN — U.S. B-52 bombers sent over the disputed South China Sea this week will, for lack of a broader foreign policy, fall short of empowering smaller countries to resist China’s maritime sovereignty claims, analysts say.
The U.S. Air Force flew two bombers Tuesday from a base in the Indian Ocean to near the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands, the Air Force Times online reported. That movement followed seven passages of U.S. naval vessels through the same sea since President Donald Trump took office in 2017. [read more]

Warum Vietnam Trinh Xuan Thanh freilassen will
08.06.2018 von Justus Bender und Morten Freidel (FAZ) - Die Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Vietnam befinden sich auf einem Tiefpunkt – seit der Entführung des Geschäftsmannes und ehemaligen Funktionärs Trinh Xuan Thanh aus Berlin nach Hanoi im vergangenen Sommer.
Auf den öffentlichen Kanälen beider Länder herrschte seitdem angespannte Stille.
Bis zum Freitag. Da entließ Vietnam den prominenten Bürgerrechtler Nguyen Van Dai vorzeitig aus der Haft und ließ ihn nach Deutschland ausreisen.
Und nach Informationen der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung hängt seine Freilassung mit dem Entführungsfall Trinh zusammen [Weiterlesen]

In Berlin entführter Vietnamese könnte freikommen
08.06.2018 (rbb24) - Der in Berlin entführte und in seinem Heimatland verurteilte vietnamesische Geschäftsmann Trinh Xuan Thanh könnte einem Medienbericht zufolge freikommen. Wie die „Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“  in ihrer Samstagsausgabe unter Berufung auf mehrere Quellen berichtet, gibt es eine Zusage der Regierung in Hanoi an Deutschland, Thanh nach dem Ende des Berliner Strafprozesses gegen einen der Entführungshelfer die Ausreise in die Bundesrepublik zu erlauben.
Inzwischen freigelassen wurde in Vietnam der Menschenrechtsanwalt Nguyen Van Dai, wie am Freitag bekannt wurde. Erst im April war er wegen Aufruhrs zu 15 Jahren Haft mit anschließendem Hausarrest verurteilt worden. Hanoi erhoffe sich von den Freilassungen eine Verbesserung der wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen zu Deutschland und der EU, berichtete die "FAZ".
Wie die Zeitung weiter berichtete, wiesen EU-Vertreter die Regierung in Hanoi zudem darauf hin, dass eine Ratifizierung des geplanten Freihandelsabkommens mit Vietnam Anfang 2019 von einer Zustimmung Deutschlands im Europäischen Rat abhängt. Zu dem diplomatischen Entgegenkommen Vietnams gehören demnach auch Hafterleichterungen für weitere politische Gefangene. [Weiterlesen]

Aus Berlin verschleppter Vietnamese soll freikommen
08.06.2018 (Der Tagesspiegel) - Er war aus Berlin entführt und in seiner Heimat zu lebenslänglich verurteilt worden. Nun hat Vietnams Regierung laut "FAZ" zugesagt, den Geschäftsmann Trinh Xuan Thanh "mittelfristig" freizulassen.
Wie die Zeitung unter Berufung auf mehrere Quellen berichtet, gibt es eine Zusage der Regierung in Hanoi an Deutschland, Thanh nach dem Ende des Berliner Strafprozesses gegen einen Entführungshelfer die Ausreise in die Bundesrepublik zu erlauben. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnamesischer Dissident freigelassen
08.06.2018 Marina Mai (taz) - BERLIN - Nguyen Van Dai, der prominenteste vietnamesische Dissident, hat in der Nacht zum Freitag die vietnamesische Haftanstalt verlassen und ist am Freitag morgen auf dem Frankfurter Flughafen eingetroffen. Er wird gemeinsam mit seiner Frau und einer ebenfalls aus der Haft entlassenen Kollegin in Deutschland leben.
Dai war im April vom Volksgericht Hanoi wegen der „Vorbereitung eines Umsturzversuches“ zu 15 Jahren Haft verurteilt worden. Als Umsturzversuch werteten die Richter die Gründung einer Bruderschaft für Demokratie, die ein Manifest herausgegeben hatte. Darin werden ein Mehrparteiensystem, Gewaltenteilung, Religionsfreiheit und andere bürgerliche Rechte gefordert. Das Gericht sah darin eine Gefahr „für die Existenz der Regierung“. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnamese public opposes SEZ land-lease proposal
07.06.2018 (InterGame) - Vietnam’s proposal for three special economic zones continues to spark debate in the ongoing National Assembly sitting, reports Asia Gaming Brief.
The proposal for investors to lease land for up to 99 years facing fierce public opposition.
Deputy Truong Trong Nghia from Ho Chi Minh City was among one of the NA deputies in objection to the proposal, saying that only underdeveloped and indigent countries should lease the land for such a long time. [read more]

Hanoi selling out economic zones to Beijing
06.06.2018 by Paul Nguyen Thanh (AsiaNews) - Hanoi – "What the authorities are doing is selling out our country to China," said Mr Thuận, a Catholic elementary school teacher, reacting to upcoming trade agreements between the Vietnamese government and its Chinese "communist brothers".
Like him, millions of Vietnamese fear that the authorities will subject the country to the will of Beijing, when on 15 June the National Assembly votes a bill on "special administrative-economic zones".
In particular, lawmakers will decide on the creation of three important Chinese economic hubs in Vân Đồn (Quảng Ninh province), Bắc Vân Phong (Khánh Hòa) and on Phú Quốc Island (Kiên Giang).
If approved, thanks to special incentives, the plan would allow Chinese red capitalists to acquire, for 99 years, the rights to exploit the areas, located in regions of significant geopolitical and historical interest. [read more]

Hanoi Residents Protest Confiscation of Their Homes For New Parking Lot
06.06.2018 (RFA) - More than 20 residents of a road built near a dyke in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi turned out on Tuesday to protest local authorities’ planned confiscation of their homes to make way for a new parking lot and a park, local sources said.
The plan, carried out under cover of a larger scheme to enlarge area roads, will evict residents from 139 odd-numbered houses built along one side of the La Thanh Dyke road in Hanoi’s Dong Da District, one resident told RFA’s Vietnamese Service on June 6. [read more]

Hanói ‘vende a muy bajo precio’ zonas económicas a Beijing
06.06.2018 de Paul Nguyen Thanh (AsiaNews) - Hanói – “Lo que están haciendo las autoridades es vender nuestro país a China. Es cuanto declara el señor Thuận, maestro católico de una escuela primaria, sobre los próximos acuerdos comerciales entre el gobierno de Hanói y los “hermanos comunistas” chinos. Como él, millones de vietnamitas temen que el régimen pliegue a la nación a la voluntad de Beijing, cuando el próximo 15 de junio la Asamblea nacional votará el proyecto de ley sobre “unidades administrativo-económicas especiales”. En particular, los legisladores deliberarán sobre la creación de 3 importantes polos económicos chinos en Vân Đồn (provincia de Quảng Ninh), Bắc Vân Phong (Khánh Hòa) y en la isla de Phú Quốc (Kiên Giang).
Si aprobado, gracias a particulares incentivos la medida, permitiría a los capitalistas rojos chinos la adquisición por 99 años los derechos de explotación de las zonas, situadas en regiones de importante interés geopolítico. [seguir leyendo]

Thailand plans regional infrastructure fund to reduce China dependence
04.06.2018 Yukako Ono (Nikkei Asian Review) - BANGKOK -- Thailand is taking the lead in creating a regional fund with its neighbors, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, to back infrastructure and other development projects and to lessen reliance on Chinese investment.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to propose the idea to the leaders of the five countries in Thailand on June 16 at the 8th summit of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy, or ACMECS. This regional organization was initiated by Thailand in 2003. [read more]

China’s hypocritical stance on maritime militarization
04.06.2018 By Xuan Loc Doan (Asia Times) - A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson last Thursday accused the United States of “staging a farce of a thief crying ‘stop thief.'” The allegation was made by Hua Chunying when she was asked to comment on Washington’s recent strong criticisms of Beijing’s militarization of the South China Sea.
Last August, the country’s main media outlets, including Xinhua, its official news agency, leveled the same accusation at Vietnam, its southern communist neighbor and a key South China Sea claimant state, when the latter urged its fellow Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) members to raise China’s land reclamations and military activities in the hotly disputed waters. [read more]

U.S. weighs more South China Sea patrols to confront 'new reality' of China
03.06.2018 (The Asahi Shimbun) - SINGAPORE--The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China's growing militarization of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world's most volatile areas.
The Pentagon is weighing a more assertive program of so-called freedom-of-navigation operations close to Chinese installations on disputed reefs, two U.S. officials and Western and Asian diplomats close to discussions said. [read more]

EE.UU. acusa a Beijing de militarizar el Pacífico para intimidar y coercionar
03.06.2018 (La Pagina) - El secretario de Defensa de Estados Unidos, James Mattis, denunció que Beijing busca “militarizar” el Mar de China con la instalación de sofisticados equipos de armamentos en los islotes creados recientemente, y que se encuentran en territorio en disputa.
l jefe del Pentágono expuso estas críticas durante el foro Shangri-La de seguridad que se celebra en Singapur. Allí destacó que China ha desplegado en los islotes una amplia gama de equipamiento militar, incluyendo misiles antibuques, misiles tierra aire y radares electrónicos. [seguir leyendo]

USA gehen auf Konfrontation zu China - ein wenig
02.06.2018 (DW) - Das Südchinesische Meer ist für die gesamte Region von immenser Bedeutung. Die USA versprechen den Ländern dort jetzt Unterstützung, wenn es darum geht, sich gegen die Großmacht in Peking zur Wehr zu setzen.
Im Konflikt um Gebiete im Südchinesischen Meer hat US-Verteidigungsminister James Mattis die Regierung in Peking scharf kritisiert. China habe auf umstrittenen Inseln militärische Ausrüstung wie Raketen und Störsender stationiert und Kampfflugzeuge dort landen lassen, sagte der Pentagon-Chef auf einer Sicherheitskonferenz in Singapur. Obwohl China stets das Gegenteil behaupte, verfolge es damit militärische Zwecke. Das Ziel sei "Einschüchterung und Zwang". [Weiterlesen]

Le chef du Pentagone accuse la Chine d'"intimidation" en mer de Chine méridionale
02.06.2018 (Romandie) - Le renforcement des positions militaires de la Chine dans les eaux contestées de la mer de Chine méridionale et l'installation de systèmes d'armes sophistiqués le long de ce couloir maritime stratégique est destiné à "intimider" et "contraindre" ses voisins, a accusé samedi le chef du Pentagone, Jim Mattis.
"En dépit des affirmations chinoises prétendant le contraire, l'installation de ces systèmes d'armes est lié directement à des usages militaires à des fins d'intimidation et de contrainte", a déclaré le secrétaire américain à la Défense, lors d'un sommet sur la sécurité à Singapour. [en savoir plus]

US and China trade barbs over South China Sea island-building
02.06.2018 Simon Roughneen (Nikkei Asian Review) - SINGAPORE-- After U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused China of "intimidation" and "coercion" in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, a Chinese general responded by saying that "countries accusing China" are the ones causing tension in the region.
In an early morning speech in Singapore, Mattis said that "China's policy in the South China Sea stands in stark contrast to the openness our strategy promises, it calls into question China's broader goals." [read more]

Vietnam banker gets 30 years for embezzling millions
01.06.2018 (Daily Mail) - A Vietnamese banker has been jailed for 30 years and fined $700 million for embezzlement and wrongdoing, reports said Friday as the government forges ahead with its massive anti-graft sweep.
The government says it is committed to rooting out graft and polishing its reputation, while critics say conservative communist leaders are also targeting political foes in the process. [read more]


Amnesty International - Vietnam 2016:

H1 - Prisons Within Prisons




10 Most Censored Countries

Vietnam 2015 - Not Free

* Menschenrechte / Human Rights  
Amnesty International - DEATH SENTENCES AND EXECUTIONS 2014
Amnesty International - DEATH SENTENCES AND EXECUTIONS 2014

... Figures on the use of the death penalty continued to be classified as a state secret in Viet Nam, where media reported at least three executions. The real figure is believed to be much higher. Amnesty International recorded that the courts imposed at least 72 new death sentences, 80% of which were for drug trafficking, and that at least 700 people remained under sentence of death at the end of the year... [read the report]

* Menschenrechte / Human Rights  
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
WORLD REPORT 2015 - Vietnam

HRW WORLD REPORT 2015 - Vietnam
Jan. 2015 (HRW) The human rights situation in Vietnam remained critical in 2014. The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) continued its one-party rule, in place since 1975. Maintaining
its monopoly on state power, it faced growing public discontent with the lack of basic freedoms. While fewer bloggers and activists were arrested than in
2013, the security forces increased various forms of harassment and intimidation of critics.
Vietnamese courts lack independence and continue to be used as political tools of the CPV against critics.
Vietnam bans all independent political parties, labor unions, and human rights organizations. Authorities require official approval for public gatherings and refuse
to grant permission for meetings, marches, or protests they deem politically or otherwise unacceptable. ...
read HRW Vietnam Report

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