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Open newsletter – february 23, 2022

ASIA A divide is emerging between how the Asia Pacific region has responded to the Omicron wave of COVID-19, and how North American and Western European countries have responded. East Asia Forum, Jeremy Youde: Asia’s cautious approach to Omicron AUSTRALIA One of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials involved with a new […]

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Vietnam’s path forward on COVID-19 and corruption (David Brown, East Asia Forum)

COVID-19 broke loose in Vietnam in June 2021, a year after most of East Asia. Until June, countermeasures and aggressive contact tracing had held the pandemic at bay and allowed the economy to keep growing. Perhaps those successes produced a false sense of security. Vietnam had almost no vaccine in inventory, which forced it to […]

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Vietnam’s COVID-19 testing scandal goes viral (Thiem Bui, East Asia Forum)

Since early 2020, the Vietnamese Communist Party has been portraying their efforts to fight COVID-19 as a war against an ‘invisible enemy’, mobilising healthcare workers, police and the military on an unprecedented level. But in late December, the Ministry of Public Security arrested the CEO of medical company Viet A, Phan Quoc Viet, and conducted […]

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Vietnam’s first city metro, built by China, carries 14,917 passengers per day (Global Times)

The opening ceremony of Vietnam’s first urban light rail, which was built by China, was held in Hanoi on Thursday. The metro line made about 13,000 runs and carried more than 1 million people during the 67-day trial operation, which started on November 6, 2021. Vietnam’s first city metro, built by China, carries 14,917 passengers […]

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Time for Vietnam to get cracking on CPTPP reforms (Nguyen Anh Duong, East Asia Forum)

Following years of effort, in 2015 Vietnam concluded negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. After the US withdrawal from the trade pact, Vietnam worked with the remaining members to revive it under the name of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Indeed, Vietnam was the seventh member to ratify the CPTPP. Time […]

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Visit of Chairman Vietnam’s National People’s Assembly and India-Vietnam Relations (Vinod Anand, Vivekananda International Foundation)

Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue, the Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, visited India from 15 to 19 December to bolster India-Vietnam cooperation in a number of areas. He is one of the important leaders in the quartet of the top leadership and power structure of Vietnam which comprises of General Secretary of the Vietnam […]

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Vietnam: Ex-Political Prisoner Faces New Charges (HRW)

The Vietnamese authorities should immediately release the human rights activist Do Nam Trung and drop all charges against him, Human Rights Watch said today. Do Nam Trung, 40, previously spent 14 months in prison after he publicly advocated for democracy and human rights in the early 2010s. Vietnam: Ex-Political Prisoner Faces New Charges | Human Rights […]

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Western media’s lies about Vietnam metro project are shameless (Global Times)

The recently inaugurated metro line in Hanoi, Vietnam has now officially entered service after a two-week free trial operation. The fact that a smaller number of riders was recorded, compared with the trial period, is a chance Western media outlets could not miss to “question” any project where China or Chinese firms participate. Western media’s […]

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Adding substance to Vietnam’s climate commitments (Thang Nam Do, East Asia Forum)

In his speech at 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh announced that the country would aim for a net-zero emission target by 2050. With this move, Vietnam has joined the group of about 140 countries that pledged to net-zero emissions by the middle of […]

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Vingroup tapping global investors for car unit’s $1bn funding: sources (Arab News)

Vietnam’s largest conglomerate Vingroup is in talks with investors, including Qatar’s sovereign fund and BlackRock, to raise about $1 billion in equity for its car unit, three sources aware of the matter said. Vingroup tapping global investors for car unit’s $1bn funding: sources (arabnews.com)

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Demand-driven and gender-responsive policies for promoting entrepreneurship among women in Vietnam (Tran Thi Ngoc Tran, Brookings)

Given the profound socioeconomic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that Vietnam make full use of its human capital. With women making up 50 percent of the population, encouraging entrepreneurship among them is central to the National Strategy on Gender Equality 2021–30, one goal of which is for women-owned businesses to account […]

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Why improving Vietnam–UK relations matters for the Indo-Pacific (Bill Hayton, The Strategist)

Vietnam’s prime minister, Pham Minh Chinh, made a very successful trip to the United Kingdom in early November, putting the rapidly improving relations between the two countries into the spotlight. The visit to the COP26 climate summit took place a year after Britain and Vietnam ‘refreshed’ their 10-year-old strategic partnership with a new set of […]