Return to home 1974 Jan
17-1974 Jan 19, China occupied the Paracel Islands following the
Battle of Hoang Sea, a bloody skirmish with Vietnam. Dozens of South
Vietnamese sailors drowned in a vain attempt to stop Chinaís
annexation of the Paracel archipelago.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hoang_Sa)(Econ, 3/31/07, SR
p.7)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.40)
1974 Feb 21, A report claimed
that the use of defoliants by the U.S. had scarred Vietnam for
century. Defoliation was meant to save lives by denying the enemy
cover. But for some the 'cure' was worse than the problem.
1974 Mar 22, The Viet Cong
proposed a new truce with the United States and South Vietnam, which
included general elections.
1974 Oct, The Politburo in
North Vietnam decided to launch an invasion of South Vietnam in
1975 Jan 7, Hanoi troops took
Phuoc Binh in new full-scale offensive.
1975 Jan 8, NVA general staff
plan for the invasion of South Vietnam by 20 divisions is approved
by North Vietnam's Politburo. By now, the Soviet-supplied North
Vietnamese Army is the fifth largest in the world. It anticipates a
two year struggle for victory. But in reality, South Vietnam's
forces will collapse in only 55 days.
1975 Mar 10, The final North
Vietnamese Army offensive began as 25,000 troops attacked the South
Vietnamese town of Ban Me Thout, in the central highlands.
1975 Mar 12, A passenger plane,
operated by Air Vietnam, crashed into Vietnamese territory after
being hit by a MANPAD, killing 26 passengers and crew.
1975 Mar 18, South Vietnam
abandoned most of the Central Highlands of Vietnam to Hanoi.
1975 Mar 21, As North
Vietnamese forces advanced, Hue and other northern towns in South
Vietnam were evacuated.
1975 Mar 25, Hue was lost and
Da Nang was endangered. The U.S. ordered a refugee airlift to remove
those in danger. The South Vietnamese army is now in full retreat.
1975 Mar 30, As the North
Vietnamese forces moved toward Saigon, desperate South Vietnamese
soldiers mobbed rescue jets. Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap masterminded the
North Vietnamese victory. Da Nang fell as 100,000 South Vietnamese
soldiers surrender after being abandoned by their commanding
1975 Apr 2, In Oakland, Ca., a
World Airways plane landed with 52 Vietnamese orphans as part of
Operation Babylift. The Presidio of San Francisco served as an
impromptu crossroads for over 1,500 Vietnamese orphans to be sent to
American families for adoption.
(SFC, 4/18/15, p.C1)
1975 Apr 4, The first group of
boat people from Vietnam began arriving in Malaysia. More than 1
million people fled from the close of the war to the early 1980s.
(SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-9)
1975 Apr 4, Some 155 people,
most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force C-5A
transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans as part of "Operation
Babylift" crashed shortly after takeoff from Saigon.144 adults and
76 babies were killed. There were over 170 survivors.
(AP, 4/4/97)(SFC, 4/3/00, p.A8)
1975 Apr 21, Nguyen Van Thieu,
the last South Vietnamese President, resigned after 10 years in
office condemning the United States. Thieu resigned and was
succeeded by Vice President Tran Van Huong. With the collapse of the
Saigon regime imminent, Thieu addressed his nation on April 21,
accused the U.S. of breaking its promises of support and military
aid, and then resigned. Huong took control but at the National
Assembly meeting on April 27, he named General Duong Van Minh to
become president and end the war. On April 30, President Minh
announced the unconditional surrender of South Vietnam to the
Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam.
(AP, 4/21/97)(HN, 4/21/99)(HNQ, 6/5/00)
1975 Apr 25, Former Foreign
Minister Vu Van Mau (d.1998 at 84) was named prime minister.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.C3)
1975 Apr 27, Saigon was
encircled by North Vietnamese troops. NVA fire rockets into downtown
civilian areas as the city erupts into chaos and widespread looting.
1975 Apr 28, Gen. Duong Van
Minh was named the interim President of South Vietnam and promised
to seek reconciliation with North Vietnam.
(SFC, 8/8/01, p.A20)
1975 Apr 29, US forces pulled
out of Vietnam. The US embassy was evacuated as North Vietnamese
forces fought their way into Saigon. Just hours after the last
American was lifted out by helicopter from the roof of the embassy,
James Reston of the NY Times issued an apologia for the press. NVA
shelled Tan Son Nhut air base in Saigon, killing two US Marines at
the compound gate. The last C-130A Hercules at Tan Son Nhut Air Base
carried 452 people to Thailand. South Vietnamese civilians looted
the air base. President Ford ordered Operation Frequent Wind, the
helicopter evacuation of 7000 Americans and South Vietnamese from
Saigon. At Tan Son Nhut, frantic civilians begin swarming the
helicopters. The evacuation then shifted to the walled-in American
embassy, secured by US Marines in full combat gear. Thousands of
civilians attempted to get into the compound. Three US aircraft
carriers stood by off the coast to handle incoming Americans and
South Vietnamese refugees. Many South Vietnamese pilots also landed
on the carriers, flying American-made helicopters which were then
pushed overboard to make room for more arrivals.
1975 Apr 29, The last four
Americans killed in action in Vietnam included two Marines: Lance
Corporal Darwin Judge of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Corporal Charles
McMahon Jr. of Woburn, Massachusetts, by rocket and artillery
bombardment following an air raid on Tan Son Nhut. Two Marine
helicopter pilots died when their chopper crashed into the sea near
an aircraft carrier taking part in the evacuation: Captain William
Craig Nystul of Coronado, California, and First Lieutenant Michael
John Shea of El Paso, Texas.
1975 Apr 30, The city of Saigon
fell to the North Vietnamese and National Liberation Front forces.
The last American forces evacuated Saigon as South Vietnam
surrendered unconditionally to the Communist North Vietnamese. At
8:35 a.m. the last Americans, ten Marines from the embassy, departed
as North Vietnamese troops pour into Saigon and encounter little
resistance. By 11 a.m. the Viet Cong flag flew from the presidential
palace. President Minh broadcast a message of unconditional
surrender. Graham Martin, the US ambassador to South Vietnam, made a
hasty departure. The city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City and Nguyen
Huu Tho was the first mayor. The war left 58,200 Americans dead,
153,300 wounded, and 2,124 missing in action. The Communists listed
1 million dead, 300,000 missing and 2 million dead civilians.
President Gerald Ford, closing a chapter in United States history,
called upon Americans "to avoid recriminations about the past, to
look ahead to the many goals we share."
1975 May 7, President Ford
formally declared an end to the "Vietnam era."
(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)
1975 May 7, The Viet Cong
staged a rally to celebrate the takeover of Ho Chi Minh City --
(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)
1975 Aug 11, The United States
vetoed the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the
United Nations, following the Security Council's refusal to consider
South Korea's application.
1975 The film "The People's
War," shot in North Vietnam by Robert Kramer (d.1999 at 60) in 1969,
was released in the US. Kramer's work also included the opposition
war films "Ice," "In the Country," and "The Edge."
(SFC, 11/12/99, p.D6)
1975 Upon re-unification Nguyen
Huu Tho (1910-1996) was appointed vice-president of Vietnam and
served to 1992.
(SFC, 12/27/96, p.A24)
1975 By the end of the
Vietnam war, Vietnamese SA-2 missile effectiveness had been reduced
to a kill-ratio of less than 2 percent. Elint (Electronic
Intelligence) collected information on and analyzed the strengths
and weaknesses of all forms of hostile electronic transmissions.
Focusing on the "Fan Song" radar system that acquired targets for
and then guided the dreaded SA-2 SAM, Elint was able to identify
four key weakness that pilots could use to defeat the missile.
1975 After Saigon fell some
65,000 South Vietnamese were killed as the North Vietnamese overran
the south. Thousands of boat people died fleeing the communist
regime. An estimated 250,000 South Vietnamese died in re-education
(WSJ, 4/7/09, p.A13)
1976 Jul 2, North and South
Vietnam were officially reunified.
1976 Aug 6, Thailand and
Vietnam established diplomatic relations.
1976 Sep 13, The United States
announced it would veto Vietnam's UN bid.
1976-1987 Pham Van Dong headed the reunified
(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A24)
1977 Mar 9, Pres. Carter
proposed an end to travel restrictions to Cuba, Vietnam, N. Korea
and Cambodia effective as of March 18.
1977 Mar 18, The Vietnamese
"discovered" and returned to the US the remains of Bruce C. Ducat.
For eleven years, Ducat, alive or dead, was a prisoner of war.
1977 Jul 20, The UN Security
Council voted to admit Vietnam to the world body.
1977 Dec 31, Cambodia broke
relations with Vietnam.
1977 Gloria Emerson
(1929-2004), Vietnam war correspondent, authored ďWinners &
Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins From a Long
War," based on interviews with people involved in the Vietnam War.
(SFC, 8/6/04, p.B7)
1977 Hun Sen, a Khmer Rouge
battalion commander in Cambodia, defected to Vietnam. He became
prime minister of Cambodia in 1979.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.43)
1978 Jan 3, Vietnamese troops
were reported to be occupying 400 square miles in Cambodia. North
Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops were using Laos and Cambodia as staging
areas for attacks against allied forces.
1978 Dec 25, Vietnam invaded
Cambodia and drove the Khmer Rouge into sanctuaries along the Thai
border, finally ending the mass genocide depicted in the 1984 film
"The Killing Fields." It was the first full-scale war between the
two countries since 1917. 400 people were killed in initial clashes.
(NG, 5/85, p.574-5)(WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-1)(SFC,
6/14/97, p.A15)(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A11)
1978 The American film ďGo Tell
the Spartans," a low budget work about the Vietnam War, was directed
by Ted Post (1918-2013).
(WSJ, 7/10/98, p.B1)(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.C12)
1978 Gen. Van Tien Dung
published "Our Great Spring Victory." He described how the loss of
political will in Washington helped shape Hanoi's decisions.
(WSJ, 10/21/99, p.A20)
1978 Ulysses Grant Sharp Jr.
(d.2001 at 95), US Admiral, authored "Strategy for Defeat: Vietnam
in Retrospect." He criticized American strategy and believed the war
could have been won.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A25)
1978 The Vietnamese government
loosened its policy on bourgeois dance after officials visiting Cuba
witnessed dancers doing the Cha Cha.
(WSJ, 4/29/99, p.A24)
1978-1979 Some 300,000 refugees fled Vietnam to
China as the two countries engaged in a bloody border war.
(Econ, 10/10/15, p.45)
1979 Jan 7, The Vietnamese army
captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh overthrowing the Khmer
Rouge government. The People's Party, a Hanoi installed Khmer Rouge
faction, took power with Hun Sen as prime minister. This finally
ending the mass genocide depicted in the 1984 film "The Killing
Fields." The Khmer Rouge retreated into sanctuaries along the Thai
border, set up bases and picked up support from Thailand and China.
(NG, 5/85, p.574-5)(WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-1)(SFC,
6/14/97, p.A15)(WSJ, 5/3/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 4/29/97, p.A8)(AP, 1/7/98)
1979 Jan 7, The Vietnamese army
captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh overthrowing the Khmer
Rouge government. The Peopleís Party, a Hanoi installed Khmer Rouge
faction, took power with Hun Sen as prime minister. This finally
ended the mass genocide depicted in the 1984 film "The Killing
Fields." The Khmer Rouge retreated into sanctuaries along the Thai
border, set up bases and picked up support from Thailand and China.
(NG, 5/85, p.574-5)(WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-1)(SFC,
6/14/97, p.A15)(WSJ, 5/3/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 4/29/97, p.A8)(AP, 1/7/98)
1979 Jan 15, The Soviet Union
vetoed a United Nations resolution and called for the withdrawal of
all Vietnamese troops from Cambodia.
1979 Feb 17, China invaded
Vietnam and began a "pedagogical" war against Vietnam. China
completed its withdrawal on March 19. In Chinaís border war with
Vietnam deputy commander Zhang Wannian led a victorious division
offensive in the battle of Liang Shan.
1979 Mar 6, Chinese forces
occupied the city of Lang Son. They claimed the gate to Hanoi was
open, declared their punitive mission achieved, and withdrew
1979 Jul 16, Nguyen Chi Thien
(d.2012), Vietnamese poet, managed to pass 400 of his poems to the
British ambassador in Hanoi before being arrested. They were later
published as ďFlowers of Hell" and won for him the Intíl. Poetry
Award in 1985.
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.114)
1979 Nov 24, U.S. admitted that
thousands of troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent
1979 Vietnam leased its Cam
Rhan Bay naval facility to Russia for 25 years.
1979 Cambodia signed a border
agreement with Vietnam. Hun Sen was foreign minister in a government
installed by a Vietnamese occupation force.
1980-1991 Nguyen Co Thach (d.1998 at 75) served as
the foreign minister of Vietnam.
(SFC, 4/13/98, p.C3)
1981 Hoang Dang, Vietnamese
artist, painted his ďA Corner of the Fish Market."
(SFC, 5/19/96, DB, p.15)
1981 In Vietnam the Buddhist
Sangha was founded as an approved denomination reporting to the
Fatherland Front party organization.
(Econ, 9/26/15, p.39)
1982 Thich Nhat Hanh,
Vietnamese Zen master, founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community in
(SFC, 10/12/97, Z1 p.3)
1982 Vietnam signed the Intíl.
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It had been endorsed by the
UN in 1966 and had gone into effect in 1976.
(Econ, 9/26/15, p.39)
1982 Retired Gen. William
Westmoreland (1914-2005) filed a $120 million libel suit against CBS
News for its documentary ďThe Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception."
The documentary charged that Westmoreland had directed a conspiracy
to suppress and alter critical intelligence on the enemy in 1967 and
1968 in order to deceive Americans into believing the war in Vietnam
was being won. The suit was settled out of court and CBS
acknowledged that the documentary was seriously flawed.
(SFC, 7/19/05, p.B5)
1983 Stanley Karnow published
"Vietnam: A History."
(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A19)
1983 PBS first showed the
13-hour series "Vietnam: A Television History" in the US. It won
every award in TV. It was rebroadcast in 1989 and 1997. The 6-year
work was produced by Richard Ellison (1924-2004).
(SFC, 10/12/04, p.B8)(SFC, 5/26/97, p.B1)
1983 Gen. Duong Van Minh
(d.2001), the President of South Vietnam in April 1975, was allowed
to emigrate to France.
(SFC, 8/8/01, p.A20)
1984 Apr, Chinese launched
renewed attacks against Vietnam.
1985 Jan 7, Vietnam seized the
Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.
1985 Feb 14, Hanoi troops
surrounded the main Khmer Rouge base at Phnom Malai, Cambodia.
1985 Vietnam installed Hun Sen
as prime minister of Cambodia.
(Econ, 11/15/14, p.86)
1986 Duong Thu Huong, dissident
author, wrote her 1st novel "Beyond Illusions," set in Hanoi. She
later authored "Novel Without a Name" and Memories of a Pure
Spring." In 1991 she was imprisoned for 7 months.
(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.M4)
1986 Douglas Eugene Pike
(d.2002 at 77), former US State Dept. officer, authored "PAVN:
People's Army of Vietnam" a study of the North Vietnamese Army. In
1966 he authored "Viet Cong."
(SFC, 5/18/02, p.A22)
1986 Vietnam introduced doi moi
(renovation), a policy of economic renovation, that sparked massive
economic change. It gradually shifted the centrally planned economy
to a market economy.
(SFEM, 6/9/96, p.9)(NG, May, 04, p.96)(SFC,
1986-1991 Nguyen Van Linh (d.1998) served as the
Communist party general-secretary. He urged free-market policies and
wrote a newspaper column titled "Things That Must Be Done
Immediately." He ended collective farming and loosened government
controls over state factories. He ended the decade long occupation
of Cambodia and normalized relations with China.
(SFC, 4/28/98, p.A16)
1987 Thich Nhat Hanh,
Vietnamese Zen master, published "Being Peace," the first of his 35
books and tapes.
(SFC, 10/12/97, Z1 p.3)
1987 By this year China had
stationed nine armies (approximately 400,000 troops) in the
Sino-Vietnamese border region, including one along the coast. It had
also increased its landing craft fleet and was periodically staging
amphibious landing exercises off Hainan Island, across from Vietnam,
thereby demonstrating that a future attack might come from the sea.
1988 Mar 14, Chinese troops
killed 64 Vietnamese sailors in clashes over the Spratly Islands.
Nine Vietnamese engineering soldiers were taken prisoner.
(Econ, 10/22/11, p.53)(AP, 3/14/16)
1988 Vietnam began letting US
military search teams into the countryside to look for the remains
missing US servicemen.
(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A4)
1988 Vietnamís exports totaled
about $1 billion. In 2004 exports reached $30 billion.
(SFC, 5/30/06, p.C1)
1989 Sep 26, The last
Vietnamese soldiers left Cambodia. Vietnam withdrew the last of
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A15)(PC, 1992 ed, p.1113)
1989 Dec 12, Amid international
criticism, Britain forcibly removed 51 Vietnamese from Hong Kong and
returned them to their homeland.
1990 Oct 13, Le Duc Tho,
co-founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party, died in Hanoi at age
79. He was the 1975 North Vietnamese negotiator in Paris.
(AP, 10/13/00)(MC, 10/13/01)
1990 Dec 14, In Hong Kong 10
Vietnamese boat people set fire to themselves to protest screening
policy that could prevent them from settling in the West.
1990 The 1st case of AIDS was
reported in Vietnam.
(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A15)
1991 Nov 9, Police in Hong Kong
forcibly repatriated 59 Vietnamese boat people, carrying them onto a
1991 Pham Dai, an artist from
Hue, produced an ink painting: Flocks of Wicked Birds. He adopts the
pictorial language of surrealism in depicting crazed raptors as
figures for human evil.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.E3)
1991 Vietnam began to develop
industrial parks in Ho Chi Minh City with foreign money and
(Econ, 8/6/16, p.57)
1991 China and Vietnam
(Econ, 8/16/14, p.33)
1992 Apr 15, Vietnam adopted a
new constitution. It was updated in 2001.
1992 Sep, In Vietnam Ly Tong
hijacked a Vietnam airlines jet from Thailand and dropped 50,000
anti-government leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City. He parachuted down
and was arrested. He was released in a 1998 amnesty.
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A9)
1992 Nov 17, Sens. John Kerry
of Massachusetts, Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Hank Brown of
Colorado made an unprecedented tour of Vietnam's military
headquarters but found nothing to substantiate reports of American
prisoners sighted there after the Vietnam War.
1992 Dec 14, Easing a 17-year
trade embargo, the United States allowed its companies to sign
contracts in Vietnam.
1992 The Asian Development Bank
began building and improving transport and telecom links between
China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
(Econ, 11/8/03, p.42)
1992 The Greater Mekong
Subregion was created grouping 5 South-East Asian countries
(Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam) and 2 Chinese
1992-1993 Nguyen Dinh Huy founded the "Movement to
Unite the People and Build Democracy" after 7 years in prison for
opposing communist rule. He was arrested 6 months after release and
was tried in 1995 and convicted of subversion.
(SFC, 1/20/98, p.A17)
1993 Oct 2, In Son La, Vietnam,
53 members of the Thai minority died in a mass suicide organized by
Ca Van Lieng, leader of a doomsday cult.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A19)
1993 Vietnam gave many farmers
20-year usage rights on farmland. By 2013 many local officials were
seizing farmland for development projects.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.42)
1993 Vietnamese border
crossings with China were opened for trade.
(SFC, 12/14/98, p.A12)
1993 Jimmy Tran was sentenced
to 20 years in prison for plotting to explode bombs in Ho Chi Minh
City. He was released in a 1998 amnesty.
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A9)
1993-2004 The proportion of Vietnamís population
that the government deemed poor fell from 58% in 1993 to 20% in
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.49)
1994 Jan 27, The US Senate
passed a non-binding resolution, 62-38, calling on the Clinton
administration to lift the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.
1994 Feb 3, President Clinton
lifted the 19-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.
(SFC, 12/26/98, p.A9)(AP, 2/3/99)
1994 In Vietnam worker strikes
were made legal.
(SFC, 6/23/97, p.A10)
1994 Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, was
named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
(SFEC, 7/18/99, p.T1)
1994 In California Paul
DeCillis, Vietnam war veteran, donated his collection of over 800
books and 650 videotapes on the Vietnam War to DeAnza Community
College in Cupertino.
(SFC, 2/12/98, p.A19)
1994 Ha Long Bay was named a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
(SFEC, 7/18/99, p.T1)
1994 Laos signed a bilateral
Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with Vietnam.
1995 Apr 5, The Mekong
Agreement created the Mekong River Commission with Cambodia, Laos,
Thailand and Vietnam as members.
1995 Apr 10, In Vietnam San
Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan and Chairman Truong Tan Sang of Ho Chi
Minh Peopleís Committee signed an Agreement on Friendship
(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A3)
1995 Apr 30, More than 10,000
soldiers, students and children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,
celebrated the 20th anniversary of the end of the war.
1995 Jul 11, Full diplomatic
relations were established between the United States and Vietnam
following an order by Pres. Clinton.
(SFEM, 6/9/96, p.9)(HN, 7/11/98)(SSFC, 8/24/03,
1995 Jul 28, Vietnam joined the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN was established in
Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
1995 Aug 5, Secretary of State
Warren Christopher arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, to "build a bridge of
cooperation." Christopher was the first US secretary of state to
visit Vietnam since the war and the first ever to go to Hanoi.
1995 The Vietnam Social
Security Fund was created. In 2013 the Intíl. Labor Organization
warned that without reform the fund would run a deficit by 2021 and
run dry by 2034.
(Econ, 5/16/15, p.35)
1996 Mar, In Vietnam the first
new bowling alley opened in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in
(WSJ, 8/29/96, p.A8)
1996 Jun 11, Vietnamís Deputy
Foreign Minister Le Mai (1940-1996) died. He was a junior member of
the team that negotiated US withdrawal in 1973 and chief architect
of the recent campaign for diplomatic relations with the
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.A25)
1996 Jun 28, Vietnamís PM Vo
Van Kiet, Party General Secretary Do Muoi and President Le Duc Anh
were expected to stay put amidst rumors of leadership changes.
(WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A6)
1996 Jun, The Vietnamese trade
deficit for the first half of the year was projected to total $1.77
(WSJ, 6/4/96, p.A18)
1996 Aug 21, In Vietnam the Red
River flooded to its worst level since 1971 and hundreds were forced
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E3)
1996 Oct, The Vietnamese
government introduced the death penalty for corruption cases that
involved serious losses to the state.
(SFC, 2/1/97, p.A13)
1996 Nov 11, Phan Thi Kim Phuc
laid a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. John
Plummer, Vietnam era helicopter pilot, met with Phan Thi Kim at the
Vietnam Memorial in Washington in reconciliation. Phan Thi Kim had
suffered severe napalm burns after a napalm bombing of her village
in Jun 1972.
(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A3)(SFEC, 4/13/97, p.A1,12)(AP,
1996 It was reported that
deaths in Vietnam from land mines, unexploded bombs and artillery
shells totaled 38,248 in the 1st 23 years following the end of the
(SFEC, 9/5/99, p.A12)
1997 Jan 6, It was reported
that Vietnamís national Post and Telecommunications "108"
information service responded to citizens questions. Operators
handled about 250 calls per day and the service costs about 2.7 US
(WSJ, 1/6/97, p.B1)
1997 Jan 31, In Vietnam a
Communist Party member and three associates were sentenced to death
after being convicted of bribery, embezzlement and gambling. They
were responsible for losses of $27 million at the state-run Tamexco
(SFC, 2/1/97, p.A13)
1997 Mar 10, Vietnam agreed to
repay the US millions of dollars in debts incurred by the former
South Vietnam. The debts were currently worth $140 mil.
(SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)
1997 Apr 9, A War-era bomb
exploded on the grounds of a school in central Vietnam and killed 7
children. A teacher and 33 other children were wounded.
(WSJ, 4/10/97, p.A12)
1997 May 14, In Vietnam the
Supreme Peopleís Court sentenced 8 state police officials to death
after convicting them of drug smuggling.
(SFC, 5/15/97, p.A13)
1997 May 31, The 7-member ASEAN
alliance, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, met in Kuala
Lumpur and agreed to allow Burma to become a member in July. Laos
and Cambodia were also to be admitted. The members were Thailand,
Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
(SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D3)
1997 Jun 23, From Vietnam it
was reported that worker strikes were increasing in factories
controlled by foreign investors. The minimum wage in shoe factories
that produce Adidas, Fila, Nike and All-Star shoes was about .20
cents an hour.
(SFC, 6/23/97, p.A10)
1997 Jun 27, The US announced
agreements with Vietnam to expand ties.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A11)
1997 Jul 31, Bao Dai (85),
former emperor of Annam [now Vietnam] and chief of state of French
Indochina, died in France.
(SFC, 8/2/97, p.A21)(MC, 7/31/02)
1997 Sep 3, In Cambodia a
Vietnam Airlines, Tupelov 134, Soviet jet crashed on approach
to Phnom Penh airport and killed 65 people. One child, 1-year-old
Chanayuth Nim-Anong, survived. A 2nd child about 4 also survived.
(WSJ, 9/3/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/97, p.A12)(SFC,
1997 Sep 17, In Vietnam Tran
Duc Luong (60) was nominated to be the countryís president. Vice
Prime Minister Phan Van Khai (64) was nominated to be the new prime
minister. A week later Luong was elected by the National Assembly
and Khai was confirmed as premier.
(SFC, 9/18/97, p.A11)(WSJ, 9/25/97, p.A1)
1997 Oct 13, In Vietnam
journalist Nguyen Hoang Linh of the business newspaper Enterprise,
was arrested on charges of revealing state secrets. He had been
investigating government corruption.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A12)
1997 Nov 3, In Vietnam typhoon
Linda swept across the south and left almost 100 people dead. As
many as a thousand were missing in fishing boats. The death toll
reached at least 3,406.
(SFC,11/4/97, p.A8)(SFC,11/5/97, p.A14)(WSJ,
1997 Nov 25, President Clinton
and Pacific Rim leaders meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia,
approved a rescue strategy for Asian economies shaken by plunging
currencies, bank failures and bankruptcies. The 2-day APEC summit in
Vancouver closed and leaders agreed to an IMF bailout plan. Forum
leaders also agreed to admit Russia, Vietnam and Peru into the
organization as of 1998.
(SFC,11/26/97, p.C2)(HN, 11/25/98)
1997 Dec 11, From Vietnam it
was reported that 56 people have died of dengue fever in southern
Kien Giang province following Typhoon Linda.
1997 Dec 30, Hardline Gen'l. Le
Kha Phieu (66) replaced Do Muoi as the general secretary of the
communist party, the country's top leader.
1997 The book "Requiem: By the
Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina" was compiled by
photojournalists Tim Page and Horst Faas.
(SFC, 5/27/00, p.A1)
1997 In Vietnam about 55
million rats were killed this year.
(SFC, 3/11/98, p.A10)
1998 Apr 24, From Vietnam it
was reported that 14 attacks had recently occurred on children aged
3-14 riding on the backs of motor scooters, caused by a slasher
riding a Vina Suzuki scooter.
(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A12)
1998 Apr, Injuries in Vietnam
from land mines, unexploded bombs and artillery shells totaled
60,064 since the end of the war.
(SFEC, 9/5/99, p.A12)
1998 Aug 7, Vietnam devalued
its currency 7%.
(WSJ, 8/10/98, p.A10)
1998 Oct, A 5-year study by a
Canadian government research group found high levels of dioxin in
the soil, fish and animal tissue, and the blood of people born after
the war in the Aluoi Valley in central Quang Tri province of
(SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A20)
1998 Nov 11, It was reported
that Pfizer and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation initiated a $66
million effort to attack trachoma, a disease of the eye caused by
chlamydia. A one-gram dose of zithromax given once a year would
treat the disease. Focus was to be on Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Tanzania
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.D6)
1998 Dec 15, The 2-day ASEAN
summit opened in Hanoi. Cambodia was admitted informally.
(WSJ, 12/16/98, p.A19)
1998 Dec 16, In Hanoi the
ASEAN nations approved the "Hanoi Action Plan," a 34-point
declaration that emphasized economic recovery based on free-market
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C6)
1998 Dec 26, In Vietnam it was
reported that foreign investment had dropped 46% this year due to
difficult business conditions that included a "nightmarish
bureaucracy," inefficient dual-pricing, and partnerships that placed
total risk on foreign investors.
(SFC, 12/26/98, p.A9)
1998 Edward A. Gargan made a
trip downriver on the Mekong and in 2002 authored "The River's Tale:
A Year on the Mekong.
(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.C7)
1998 Karin Muller published
"Hitchhiking Vietnam: A Woman's Solo Journey in an Elusive Land."
(SFEC, 9/6/98, BR p.7)
1998 Jeffrey Record published
his book: "The Wrong War," based on the premise that the Vietnam war
(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.A24)
1998 The documentary film
"Regret to Inform" by Barbara Sonneborn was about the effects of the
Vietnam War on American and Vietnamese war widows.
(SFEC, 11/1/98, DB p.48)
1998-2001 UNICEF reported that at least 60,000
Vietnamese women were trafficked into Chinaís Guangxi Zhuong
autonomous region during this period.
(SSFC, 8/21/05, p.B6)
1999 Feb 26, The $64 million,
colonial-style, Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel opened.
(WSJ, 2/25/99, p.B1)
1999 May 10, In Vietnam a huge
corruption trial began against 77 defendants, who included powerful
bankers and business executives. The charges involved a shell game
where the Minh Phung and Epco companies colluded with bankers to
obtain huge loans with phony collateral. The scheme was said to have
cost the government up to $280 million.
(SFC, 5/25/99, p.A7)
1999 Jul 16, A photograph of a
Javan rhinoceros of Vietnam, thought to have been extinct, was made
public. Only 6-8 were believed to be alive.
(SFC, 7/17/99, p.A6)
1999 Jul 25, The US and Vietnam
agreed to normalize relations after 3 years of negotiations.
Commercial ties were expected to follow.
(SFC, 7/26/99, p.A8)
1999 Sep 7, In Vietnam
Madeleine Albright commissioned the new US consulate in Ho Chi Minh
(WSJ, 9/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 3, In Vietnam storms
caused massive flooding in Quang Nam province and 150,000 homes were
under water. The Citadel at Hue was under 10 feet of water.
(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A18)
1999 Nov 4, The death toll from
flooding in Vietnam rose to 225.
(SFC, 11/5/99, p.A17)
1999 Nov 7, Continued heavy
rain in central Vietnam caused more flooding and the death toll rose
to over 450.
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 19, It was reported
that the work week was being cut from 48 to 40 hours per week in
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.A19)
1999 Nov, The worst flooding in
a century in central Vietnam killed 592 people with damages
estimated at $235 million.
(SFC, 10/25/01, p.C2)
1999 Dec 5, In Vietnam 4 days
of rain caused flooding that left 109 people dead.
(SFC, 12/6/99, p.A14)(SFC, 12/7/99, p.B3)
1999 Michael Lind published
"Vietnam: The Necessary War."
(WSJ, 10/21/99, p.A20)
1999 Andres X. Pham authored
"Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and
Memory of Vietnam."
(SFEC, 11/28/99, BR p.3)
1999 Richard H. Shultz Jr.
authored "The Secret War Against Hanoi."
(SFC, 11/5/99, p.D4)
1999 Lewis Sorley published his
book: "A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of
America's Last Years in Vietnam" in which he argues that the US won
the war but failed to support South Vietnam after the Paris Peace
(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.A24)
2000 Feb 18, Vietnamís
government announced plans for a 1,000 mile, $375 million road from
Ha Tay to Ho Chi Minh City along the old Ho Chi Minh Trail.
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.C1)
2000 Apr 24, Nguyen Thi Hiep,
arrested in 1996 for drug smuggling, was executed in Vietnam. The
execution prompted Canada to suspend contacts and meetings for
(SFC, 5/2/00, p.A10)
2000 Apr 29, In Vietnam Pham
Van Dong (94), former revolutionary and prime minister, died.
(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A24)
2000 Jul 13, It was reported
that the US and Vietnam had completed a trade agreement for
generally unfettered commerce between the two countries.
(SFC, 7/13/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 20, The Stock Trading
Center of Vietnam (STC), located in Ho Chi Minh City, was officially
inaugurated. Trading commenced on July 28, 2000.
2000 Jul, The Vietnamese
government inaugurated the $1.8 million Saigon Software Park
building with 25 high-tech companies.
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A18)
2000 Aug 18, It was reported in
Vietnam that the former Ho Chi Minh Trail, known as Highway 14 from
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, was being expanded in a 4-year project at
a cost of $400 million to become the Ho Chi Minh Highway.
(SFC, 8/18/00, p.D2)
2000 Aug, Tropical Storm Kaemi
was responsible for 14 deaths in central Vietnam.
(SFC, 8/26/00, p.A20)
2000 Sep 1, The mandatory use
of helmets became effective in Vietnam. An estimated 20 people per
day were being killed on the nation's highway system. 80% of the
victims rode 125-cc motorcycles.
(SFEC, 9/17/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 14, In Cambodia and
Vietnam the Mekong River flooded. At least 89 people had died in
Cambodia and 8 in Vietnam since the floods began in July.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.A18)
2000 Oct, Flooding in the
Mekong Delta, the worst in 40 years, killed close to 500 people.
(SFC, 10/25/01, p.C2)
2000 Nov 16, Pres. Clinton
arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, to develop economic and political ties.
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A14)(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 17, The Clinton family
was warmly received in Hanoi, Vietnam.
(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A1)
2000 Vietnam introduced a
liberal companies law. Over the next 3 years 54,000 private
businesses sprang up.
(Econ, 4/17/04, p.63)
2000 Vietnam served as the
chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A14)
2001 Jan, The state announced
the 'Ho Chi Minh Road of the 21st Century" program. It aimed to have
1.6 million Internet users online by 2005. Current users numbered
(SFC, 3/13/01, p.A18)
2001 Feb 19, In Vietnam a rare
earthquake, magnitude 5.3, hit Dien Bien Phu.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A14)
2001 Feb, In Vietnam some
20,000 Montagnards, members of mostly Christian hill tribes,
participated in protests against state land confiscations in the
highland cities Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku and Kontum. Many were then
forced to seek refuge in Cambodia. Dozens were later imprisoned for
organizing illegal migration.
(SFC, 6/26/01, p.A8)(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A12)
2001 Apr 7, A Russian-made M-17
helicopter carrying a team searching for American MIAs crashed and
all aboard were reported killed. Rescuers recovered the bodies of 9
Vietnamese and 7 Americans the next day.
(SSFC, 4/8/01, p.C2)(SFC, 4/9/01, p.A7)
2001 Apr 17, In Vietnam Sec.
Gen. Le Kha Phieu was removed from office by the 150-member Central
Committee due to disenchantment with his conservative style. Nong
Duc Manh of the ethnic Tay minority was expected to succeed.
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)
2001 Apr 22, Nong Duc Manh
(60), rumored to be the illegitimate son of Ho Chi Minh, was elected
Vietnamese general secretary.
(WSJ, 4/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 5, Flooding from
Typhoon Durian killed 25 people in Vietnam.
(WSJ, 7/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 22, Nguyen Ton Hoan,
former deputy premier of South Vietnam, died in Mountain View, Ca.,
at age 84.
(SFC, 9/27/01, p.C2)
2001 Sep 29, Nguyen Van Thieu
(b.1923), former President of South Vietnam, died in Boston.
(AP, 9/29/02)(NW, 12/31/01, p.107)
2001 Oct 24, Deaths from
flooding in Central Vietnam reached 341 and included at least 250
(SFC, 10/25/01, p.C2)
2001 Nov 12, Typhoon Lingling
hit Vietnam. 18 people were reported killed and 12,000 were left
(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A24)
2001 Vietnam and the US signed
a bilateral trade agreement.
(Econ, 6/25/05, p.34)
2001 Vietnam banned abortions
on the basis of fetal sex.
(Econ, 12/3/05, p.42)
2001 Gen. Duong Van Minh, the
President of South Vietnam in April 1975, died at age 86 in
(SFC, 8/8/01, p.A20)
2002 Jan 1, It was reported
that the number of Vietnamese AIDS cases, people living with HIV,
had reached 40,000. 12-18k new cases were predicted for the coming
(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A15)
2002 Jan 6, It was reported
that 94% of Vietnam's population is literate.
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.C8)
2002 Jan 20, It was reported
that 4 of the world's most endangered primates were endemic to
Vietnam: the Tonkin snub-nosed langur (~200), Delacour's langur
(~200), the Gray-shanked couc langur (~6) and the Golden-headed
(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A16)
2002 Mar 3, In Hanoi a 3-day
US-Vietnamese conference on Agent Orange began. High dioxin levels
were found in people 30 years after spraying ended.
(SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A11)
2002 Mar 17, Gen. Van Tien Dung
(84), commander of the North Vietnamese forces that captured Saigon
in 1975, died.
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A25)
2002 Apr 20, In Vietnam a fire,
raging for weeks, was reported to have destroyed half of U Minh
National Park in Kien Giang province. Extended drought was blamed.
(SFC, 4/20/02, p.A24)
2002 Apr 22, Vietnamese groups
planned demonstrations in over 20 cities to protest the recent
ceding of some 800 miles of land and water on the northern border of
Vietnam to China without public input.
(SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A24)
2002 May 2, In Vietnam the
Russian flag was lowered over the Cam Rhan Bay naval base for the
2002 May 19, Vietnam claimed
almost 100% turnout in the mandatory single party national
elections. All 759 candidates were approved by the Fatherland Front.
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A7)
2002 Jul 25, In Vietnam the
National Assembly approved a 2nd term for PM Phan Van Khai (68).
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A17)
2002 Aug 30, Floodwaters along
the lower stretches of the Mekong have wreaked havoc in Laos,
Cambodia (18), Thailand (12) and Vietnam (25), claiming at least 55
lives and leaving thousands homeless across the region.
2002 Sep 18, The World Bank
reported that the Vietnamese natural environment, which supports one
of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems, has
deteriorated rapidly over the past 10 years.
2002 Oct 29, In Vietnam at
least 60 people were killed, including 22 linked to American
International Assurance (AIA), when fire engulfed a commercial
building in Ho Chi Minh City, state media and officials.
2002 Nov 4, China signed a
landmark agreement, ďDeclaration on the Conduct of Parties in the
South China Sea," with ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines,
Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea
Spratly Islands. Indonesia objected and Taiwan was barred from
(Reuters, 11/4/02)(Econ, 5/22/04,
2002 Nov 24, The government of
Vietnam estimated AIDS at 107,000 cases and pointed to the estimated
40,000 prostitutes as the chief source. AIDS workers said 70% of the
infected were drug users and claimed 200,000 cases.
(SSFC, 11/24/02, p.A3)
2002 American journalist David
Lamb (1940-2016) authored ďVietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns."
(SFC, 6/8/16, p.D5)
2002 The documentary film
ďDaughter from Danang" was created by Gail Dolgin (d.2010 at 65).
The film was about the reunion of an Asian American woman and her
mother in Vietnam, separated in the 1975 ďOperation Babylift."
(SFC, 10/22/10, p.D9)
2003 Apr 2, Vietnam's PM Phan
Van Khai spoke with Thich Huyen Quang, the leader of a banned
Buddhist church, about religious freedoms. Quang has been under
house arrest in 1982.
2003 Apr 19, Hong Kong reported
12 SARS patients died in a single day. Malaysia banned workers from
Vietnam, which considered sealing its border with China due to the
2003 May 2, In Vietnam an aging
Russian-made bus, carrying more than 40 passengers, burst into
flames. 6 people died and 70 were badly burned. Flammable cargo was
2003 Jun 4, In Vietnam Truong
Van Cam, reputed underworld boss, was found guilty of 7 crimes. 154
alleged associates included high-ranking government officials. He
was sentenced to death the next day.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A3)
2003 Aug 15, The World Bank
said it is lending Vietnam $100 million over the next 3 years to
support reforms, reduce poverty, develop a market economy and help
devise a modern legal system.
2003 Aug, Vietnam took
possession of the 1st of 4 new Boeing 777-200 ER jetliners purchased
in part with a loan from the Export-Import Bank of the US.
(SSFC, 8/24/03, p.I6)
2003 Sep 29, Vietnam refused to
recognize Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man, Pope John
Paul II's new appointment, as the new cardinal for Ho Chi Minh City.
2003 Oct 8, Vietnam and the
United States tentatively agreed to allow the first commercial
flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War.
2003 Nov 13, In central Vietnam
Tropical Storm Nepartak triggered floods and landslides that killed
at least 49 people.
2003 Nov 19, An American guided
missile frigate sailed into Ho Chi Minh City flying the US and
Vietnamese flags, becoming the first US warship to dock in the
communist country since the Vietnam War.
2003 Dec 31, Vietnam sentenced
Nguyen Vu Binh (35) to 7 years in jai and 3 years house arrest for
writing an article in 2002 that circulated on the Internet
criticizing a border agreement between Vietnam and China.
(SFC, 12/31/03, p.A3)
2004 Jan 30, It was reported
that Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange had filed their 1st suit
against the US companies that produced the toxic defoliant used by
American forces during the Vietnam War.
2004 Apr 10, In Vietnam's
troubled Central Highlands province of Daklak ethnic minority
villagers protested over religion and land issues.
2004 Apr 30, In southern
Vietnam a tourist boat carrying about 130 passengers sank off the
coast. Authorities recovered 22 bodies, including one 8-year-old
2004 Jun 3, Nam Cam (Truong Van
Cam, 57), an alleged Vietnamese crime "godfather," and four of his
gangster colleagues were executed by firing squad after being
convicted in a major crackdown on crime that is said to have reached
into the ruling Communist Party.
2004 Jun 14, Typhoon Chanthu
killed 7 people and left seven more missing when it swept through
central Vietnam over the weekend.
2004 Jun 21, Vietnam's central
bank said it has given approval to the US-based Far East National
Bank to open a branch in Ho Chi Minh City, the 3rd US bank branched
2004 Jul 28, The second wave in
the biggest mass defection of North Koreans to South Korea arrived
on a flight from Vietnam, bringing the total in the two-day airlift
to nearly 460.
(WSJ, 7/27/04, p.A1)(AP, 7/28/04)
2004 Aug 26, In northern
Vietnam a boat capsized in heavy winds on a river, killing 16
2004 Oct 4, It was reported
that Vietnam had embarked on a major overhaul of its debt-laden
companies as it opens up its economy.
(WSJ, 10/4/04, p.A15)
2004 Dec 9, United Airlines was
scheduled to begin service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
(SFC, 7/23/04, p.C1)
2004 Dec 10, A US passenger
jet, United Flight 869, landed in Vietnam, the first since the
Vietnam War ended nearly 30 years ago.
2004 Vietnam passed a law on
religion that criminalized the abuse of religion to undermine
(Econ, 9/26/15, p.39)
2004 Vietnamís exports reached
$30 billion, up from $1 billion in 1988.
(SFC, 5/30/06, p.C1)
2005 Jan 1, Vietnam was
forecast for 6.8% annual GDP growth with a population at 83.7
million and GDP per head at $560.
(Econ, 1/1/05, p.92)
2005 Feb 16, Vietnam banned all
poultry raising in the southern business capital of Ho Chi Minh City
this year to limit the risk of bird flu transmitting to humans.
2005 Feb, Vietnam signed an
agreement with the World Society for the Protection of Animals to
phase out its bear bile farms, where an estimated 3,000 bears were
held for their bile. In China an estimated 7,000 caged bears were
milked for their bile.
(SFC, 4/25/05, p.A8)
2005 Mar 12, In central Vietnam
an express passenger train derailed, killing at least 11 people and
injuring some 200.
2005 Mar 25, Cambodia and
Vietnam each confirmed an additional death from bird flu, raising
Southeast Asia's death toll to 48.
2005 Apr 20, Oxfam reported
that Vietnamís Red River was at its lowest point for 100 years, and
if the drought persisted beyond May then significant numbers of
people will need food aid.
2005 Apr 21, In Vietnam 31 war
veterans including 14 women and a driver were killed in a bus crash
while en route to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the end of the
(AP, 4/21/05)(WSJ, 4/22/05, p.A1)
2005 May 17, In Vietnam an
international consortium led by French group Technip signed a
1.5-billion-dollar deal to build Vietnam's first oil refinery.
2005 May 25, Steve Mason (65),
considered the poet laureate of the Vietnam War, died in Ashland,
Ore. His books included ďJohnnyís Song: Poetry of a Vietnam Veteran"
(SFC, 5/31/05, p.B4)
2005 Jun 15, Vietnam reported 6
new cases of bird flu in the past week.
(WSJ, 6/15/05, p.A15)
2005 Jun 19, Vietnamís PM Phan
Van Khai (71) arrived in Seattle. The first visit to America by a
prime minister from Vietnam in 30 years was greeted by demonstrators
shouting "Down with communists!" and calling for an end to political
and religious persecution in Vietnam. Khai hoped to strengthen ties
with Washington during his weeklong US tour.
2005 Jun 20, In Vietnam
officials said 2 more people from northern Vietnam have been
sickened with bird flu, and thousands of chickens have dropped dead
in the south.
2005 Jun 21, President Bush
told Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai that he supports
Vietnam's bid to join the WTO, in the first visit by the Vietnamese
leader since the war.
2005 Jun 29, Vietnam said it
would begin in August vaccinating poultry nationwide against bird
(SFC, 6/30/05, p.A10)
2005 Jun, Mr. Le Than Hai,
chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Peopleís Committee and San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Projects
of Exchange and Mutual Benefit.
(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A3)
2005 Jul 20, Cambodia handed
over some 107 Montagnards, a largely Christian hilltribe people, to
Vietnamese authorities. More than 1,000 Montagnards fled to Cambodia
after security forces put down demonstrations in Vietnam's Central
Highlands in 2001 against land confiscation and religious
persecution of ethnic minorities. In January, Vietnam, Cambodia and
the UNHCR signed a memorandum of understanding to resettle or
repatriate about 700 ethnic minority Vietnamese who were estimated
at the time to be in Cambodia.
2005 Aug 24, In Vietnam a man
died of bird flu in Hanoi raising the regional toll to 62.
(WSJ, 9/1/05, p.A13)
2005 Sep 27, After killing at
least 31 people in China and the Philippines, Typhoon Damrey slammed
ashore in Vietnam, forcing the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people.
2005 Sep 29, Northern Vietnam
reported at least 57 people dead and widespread destruction from the
aftermath of Typhoon Damrey.
2005 Oct 12, Vietnam presented
donor nations an emergency six-month plan to battle bird flu, amid
fears of a new outbreak of the deadly disease and delays in a
poultry vaccination scheme.
2005 Oct 14, A researcher said
bird flu virus found in a Vietnamese girl was resistant to the main
drug that's being stockpiled in case of a pandemic, a sign that it's
important to keep a second drug on hand as well.
2005 Oct 24, Vietnam lifted its
30% cap on foreign ownership of listed companies to 49%.
(WSJ, 10/21/05, p.C16)
2005 Oct 27, Vietnam issued its
1st overseas government bond. Demand pushed the size from $500
million to $750 million with a yield of 7.125%.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.82)
2005 Oct 29, Vietnam demanded
that the US remove it from a State Department blacklist of religious
2005 Oct 31, China's Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in Vietnam on a mission to expand booming trade ties
between the communist nations.
2005 Nov 4, Vietnam confirmed
bird flu outbreaks in three communes north of Hanoi.
2005 Nov 8, Vietnam, the
country hit hardest by bird flu, reported its 42nd death, which
occurred Oct 29, raising the toll in Asia to at least 63. The Swiss
maker of Tamiflu said it had stopped selling the antiviral drug in
China and was turning over supplies to the government.
2005 Nov 8, The US State
Department issued its 7th annual report to Congress on religious
freedom. It cited Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi
Arabia, Sudan and Vietnam as restricting religious freedom.
2005 Nov 18, US officials said
that US and Canadian police have arrested 291 people in a major drug
bust that was given unprecedented cooperation by Vietnamese agents.
The 2-year operation covered ecstasy, which was shipped into Canada
in powder form, turned into pills and then smuggled across the
border along with massive amounts of marijuana.
2005 Nov 22, Vietnamese health
officials said a teenager has been confirmed with the H5N1 bird flu
2005 Nov 22, Pope Benedict XVI
created the diocese of Ba Ria, in the Vietnam province of the same
name, by dividing up the existing diocese of Xuan Loc. He named
Monsignor Thomas Nguen Van Tram bishop of Ba Ria. Vietnam had an
estimated 6 million Catholics.
2005 Nov 25, Indonesia said it
would begin producing the bird flu drug Tamiflu, while Vietnam and
China reported new outbreaks of the virus among poultry.
2005 Nov 25, In Vietnam former
British glam rocker Gary Glitter was charged with committing
"obscene acts with children" and could face more serious charges
that carry the death penalty.
2005 Nov 29, Thousands of
people lined the streets as the Roman Catholic Church ordained 57
new priests in an unprecedented ceremony that added the single
largest number of priests in Vietnam at one time.
2005 Dec 15, Taiwan said it was
building a landing strip on one of the Spratly Islands, whose
ownership was contested by Vietnam.
(Econ, 1/28/06, p.42)
2005 Dec 17, In Vietnam
disaster officials said floods and landslides have claimed at least
47 lives in central Vietnam in the past two weeks.
2005 Dec 19, In Vietnam Trinh
Huu (53), an Australian of Vietnamese origin, was convicted and
sentenced to death by firing squad for trafficking heroin.
2005 Dec, In Vietnam wildcat
strikes swept through the industrial zones surrounding Ho chi Minh
City. Tens of thousands of workers joined protests over wages and
(Econ, 1/28/06, p.42)
2005 Some 74% of Vietnamís 84
million population still lived in the countryside.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.49)
2006 Jan 4, Intel asked the
Vietnamese government for a license to build a chip plant worth 605
million dollars in southern Ho Chi Minh City. Regulators approved
the plans in February.
(AFP, 1/5/06)(WSJ, 2/24/06, p.A6)
2006 Jan 6, Vietnam said it was
prepared to join some UN peacekeeping operations for the first time
in a move seen as a major shift in its attitude towards the world
2006 Feb 1, In Vietnam a
government mandated minimum wage increase in foreign-owned factories
went into effect. Starting pay was raised 40% to $45 per month.
(Econ, 1/28/06, p.42)
2006 Feb 11, It was reported
that drought in northern Vietnam threatened 740,000 acres of rice as
the level of the Red River continued to fall to its lowest level in
over 100 years.
(SFC, 6/4/04, A1)
2006 Feb 20, A senior US
official said Vietnam and the US have resumed their human rights
dialogue after a three-year suspension, renewing links with
2006 Mar 2, Vietnam announced
it has commuted the death sentence of Nguyen Van Chinh (45), a
convicted Australian drug trafficker, to life imprisonment after
heavy lobbying by the Australian government.
2006 Mar 29, In Vietnam
activists and Vietnam War veterans wrapped up a global conference on
Agent Orange with a plea to the US government and chemical companies
to take responsibility for health problems linked to the wartime
2006 Apr 3, Dao Dinh Binh (61)
Vietnam's transport minister resigned and his deputy was arrested in
a major corruption scandal in which public officials embezzled
millions of dollars in government funds. The reformist newspapers
Thanh Nien (Young people) and Tuoi Tre (Youth Daily) had published a
joint expose of the transport ministryís road building unit. In 2009
the government refused to renew the contracts for the papers.
(AFP, 4/4/06)(Econ, 1/17/09, p.43)
2006 Apr 18, Vietnam's
communist party opened its 10th five-yearly congress. The 8-day
session, likely to reshuffle the national leadership, opened
with a stern warning from party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh that
corruption threatens the regime's survival. During the session Bloc
8406, a new dissident group, emerged with a ďmanisfesto on freedom
(AFP, 4/18/06)(Econ, 4/26/08, SR p.16)
2006 Apr 22, Vietnam welcomed
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who then spoke in Hanoi on Vietnamís
potential in IT development.
(SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A14)
2006 Apr 24, Vietnam's ruling
Communist Party re-elected its leader, General Secretary Nong Duc
Manh (65), for a second five-year term. The Congress approved a new
five-year plan with targets for improving infrastructure and making
Vietnam a modern industrial nation by 2020.
(AFP, 4/24/06)(Econ, 8/5/06, p.38)
2006 Apr 28, An official said
Vietnam needs more than $400 million to fight bird flu and prepare
for a potential pandemic over the next five years, and expects about
half to come from international donors.
2006 May 13, Pope Benedict XVI
named a new bishop for Vietnam, a country that lacks ties with the
Vatican but has the second highest number of Catholics in Southeast
2006 May 14, Vietnamís state
media said the US had clinched a bilateral market access deal with
Vietnam that will help clear the path to its former wartime enemy
joining the World Trade Organization.
2006 May 16, Vietnam's PM Phan
Van Khai (70) said he has nominated Deputy PM Nguyen Tan Dung (56)
as his successor.
2006 May 19, In Vietnam 5
people convicted of heroin dealing were executed by firing squad.
About 100 people were executed in Vietnam each year for drug-related
2006 May 19, An official said
at least 150 Vietnamese fishermen were missing at sea and another 28
were found dead after getting caught in Typhoon Chanchu.
2006 May 20, Chanchu, the most
powerful storm to strike the South China Sea this early in the
typhoon season, killed nearly 90 people in Asia over the past week.
It was now weakened to a tropical storm and hovering off southern
Japan. 198 Vietnamese fishermen remained missing.
2006 May 31, The US and Vietnam
signed a trade pact that removes one of the last major hurdles in
Hanoi's bid to join the World Trade Organization.
2006 Jun 4, US Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Vietnam for a visit aimed at
boosting security ties with a former foe that now shares American
wariness about China's rising military might.
2006 Jun 24, Vietnam's
president, prime minister and chief of parliament all submitted
their resignations, bowing out in a long-awaited internal shuffle to
make way for a new generation of leaders.
2006 Jun 27, Vietnamese
legislators elected Nguyen Minh Triet (63), the Communist Party
chief for Ho Chi Minh City, as the country's new president in a
leadership shuffle. Triet, in turn, nominated Deputy Prime Minister
Nguyen Tan Dung, 56, to become the next PM.
2006 Jul 31, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez praised Vietnam for its battle against
"imperialism" and pledged to help the communist country develop its
nascent oil and gas industry during a two-day state visit.
2006 Sep 7, A Thai court
decided to extradite a Vietnamese dissident to face charges of
violating airspace for a stunt that involved hijacking a plane and
dropping 50,000 anti-communist leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City. Ly
Tong, a South Vietnamese air force veteran who later became a US
citizen, hijacked the twin-engine plane from Thailand in November
2006 Sep 20, In Vietnam Pham
Xuan An (79), journalist and spy, died. He led a remarkable and
perilous double life as a communist spy and a respected reporter for
Western news organizations during the Vietnam War.
2006 Sep 21, Vietnam deported
an American pro-democracy activist, state-run television reported.
Cong Thanh Do (47) of San Jose, Ca., was accused of plotting to
overthrow the government.
2006 Oct 1, Typhoon Xangsane
was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved inland from the
central Vietnam coast. At least 59 people were killed and thousands
of homes damaged. Damage was later estimated at $625 million.
(Reuters, 10/1/06)(AP, 10/3/06)
2006 Oct 7, In central Vietnam
a boat carrying about 30 schoolchildren capsized on a river, leaving
one boy dead and 18 others missing and feared dead.
2006 Oct 10, Vietnam's
communist party chief Nong Duc Manh arrived in Laos at the start of
a four-day visit in a country where Vietnam still exerts
2006 Oct 12, In Vietnam the Lao
Dong (Labour) newspaper quoted a police doctor as saying tests in
September confirmed that Nguyen Thi Oanh (39), a convicted heroin
trafficker, was then 11 weeks pregnant. The death row inmate had
been held in solitary confinement for almost a year.
2006 Oct 23, A WTO draft report
said Vietnam has succeeded in introducing the reforms necessary for
it to join the World Trade Organization and become the world body's
2006 Oct 24, in northern
Vietnam a boat carrying traders with their chickens and pigs
capsized in a river with at least 20 passengers feared drowned.
2006 Oct 26, Thailand's
military-installed PM Surayud Chulanont visited Vietnam for the last
of a series of trips aimed at reassuring Bangkok's neighbors after
last month's coup.
2006 Nov 7, The World Trade
Organization (WTO) has formally approved communist Vietnam's
membership of the global free trade system. The US government
congratulated Vietnam for winning entry to the WTO, and urged
Congress to enact regular trading ties with the communist nation.
2006 Nov 10, In Vietnam 3
Vietnamese-Americans were convicted on terrorism charges after being
accused of trying to take over radio airwaves and call for an
uprising against Vietnam's communist government. A judge sentenced
the Americans and four Vietnamese to 15 months in prison, with
credit for time served.
2006 Nov 13, Vietnam deported
Nguyen Thuong "Cuc" Foshee (58), an American woman who was convicted
last week on terrorism charges for plotting to seize radio airwaves
to call for an uprising against the communist government. The US
removed Vietnam from a blacklist of countries that suppress
(AP, 11/12/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.44)
2006 Nov 15, In Vietnam envoys
meeting on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic summit, tried
to cobble together a united strategy for upcoming talks aimed at
convincing North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons program.
2006 Nov 17, Pres. Bush arrived
in Vietnam ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders and individual
meetings with a handful of leaders.
2006 Nov 18, President Bush
lobbied world leaders in Vietnam and lined up support for pressuring
North Korea to prove it is serious about dismantling its nuclear
weapons program. Asia-Pacific leaders put their political muscle
behind the drive to free up global trade, but they struggled to find
common ground on how best to tackle the North Korea nuclear crisis.
2006 Nov 19, President Bush in
Vietnam sought Chinese President Hu Jintao's help on dual fronts,
aiming to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions and encourage the
Chinese people to buy more US goods. Pacific Rim leaders urged North
Korea to take concrete steps to live up to its commitments to stop
developing nuclear weapons.
2006 Dec 5, Typhoon Durian
slammed into Vietnam's southern coast as a tropical storm. A Dec 7
government report said nearly 100 people were killed or are missing
after the typhoon hit the southern coast.
(AP, 12/6/06)(Reuters, 12/7/06)
2006 Dec, Vietnamís PM Nguyen
Tan Dung signed a directive to issue shares in its national airline
in 2008 and planned to partially privatize more than 50 other major
state-owned enterprises by 2010.
2007 Jan 11, Vietnam became the
150th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a milestone
expected to launch an era of radical change as the communist nation
enters the global economic mainstream.
2007 Jan 25, Pope Benedict XVI
met with Vietnam's PM Nguyen Tan Dung. Their talks marked an
important step toward establishing diplomatic relations following
decades of tension.
2007 Jan 31, Officials said
Vietnam's ruling Communist Party and the military will relinquish
control of dozens of companies, ranging from hotels to telecoms, as
part of an ongoing government overhaul. An oil spill from an
unidentified source hit Vietnam's central coast, blackening popular
resort beaches as thousands of local people help with the cleanup.
(AP, 1/31/07)(AP, 2/1/07)
2007 Feb 3, In northern Vietnam
5 miners were killed when a large rock fell on them as they worked
to extract zinc ore.
2007 Feb 5, In Hanoi, Vietnam,
international aid experts from the World Bank, UN and other
development agencies and 40 nations met for the Third International
Roundtable on Managing For Development Results, a four-day
conference aimed at making global development efforts more
2007 Feb 9, In Vietnam the US
ambassador said the US government will give Vietnam $400,000 toward
cleaning up a former US military base contaminated by Agent Orange,
its biggest step yet toward resolving one of the most contentious
legacies of the Vietnam War.
2007 Feb 25, Vietnamese
officials and state media said police have accused Nguyen Van Ly, a
prominent dissident Catholic priest, of disseminating propaganda
intended to undermine the communist government. Van Ly founded Bloc
8406, which called for democracy, in 2006.
(AP, 2/25/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.49)
2007 Feb 28, It was reported
that international developers planned a $4 billion resort and casino
complex in Vietnam. The project, dubbed Ho Tram, would be on the
South China Sea, a 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City.
(WSJ, 2/28/07, p.B1)
2007 Mar 13, Vietnam's former
deputy trade minister and his son went on trial for accepting bribes
for quotas to export textiles to the US, in a major graft case with
2007 Mar 30, A Vietnamese court
sentenced a dissident Catholic priest to eight years in prison for
anti-government activities after a dramatic trial in which the
defendant shouted denunciations of the ruling Communist Party. A
judge at Thua Thien Hue Provincial People's Court in central Vietnam
sentenced Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly on charges of disseminating
anti-government documents and communicating with pro-democracy
2007 May 10, A Vietnamese court
sentenced 3 pro-democracy activists to prison after convicting them
of spreading subversive propaganda, as the communist country
continued its latest crackdown against dissent. Le Thi Cong Nhan
(30), human rights lawyer, was released in 2010 after serving a
3-year sentence for advocating for a multiparty government in
Internet posts. Nguyen Van Dai, a fellow lawyer who was convicted
along with Nhan, was sentenced to 5 years in prison. His sentence
was later reduced by one year. Nguyen Bac Truyen, a member of the
banned People's Democratic Party, was sentenced to four years. An
appeal court three months later reduced the term by six months.
Truyen was released on May 17, 2010.
(AP, 5/10/07)(AP, 3/8/10)(AP, 5/17/10)
2007 May 15, In Vietnam Tran
Quoc Hien, a trade union organizer and member of Bloc 8406, became
the 6th democracy campaigner to be imprisoned within a week.
(Econ, 5/19/07, p.45)
2007 May 20, Vietnam elected a
new National Assembly. Vietnam's communist party won more than 91%
of seats in elections for the new national assembly, which will
consist of 493 members.
(Econ, 5/19/07, p.45)(AP, 5/29/07)
2007 Jun 1, Vietnam became
Cuba's latest partner in oil exploration and drilling in the Gulf of
Mexico under one of several agreements signed during a visit by
Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nong Duc Manh.
2007 Jun 16, Official media
said Vietnam has confirmed its first human death from bird flu since
2005, as the latest flare-up of the virus ravaged poultry stocks.
Tests confirmed that a 20-year-old from northern Ha Tay province
died from the H5N1 virus on June 10.
2007 Jun 21, Vietnam's
President Nguyen Minh Triet heard a barrage of criticism during his
historic visit to Washington, with angry US lawmakers saying ties
between the former enemies will stagnate until Vietnam's dismal
human rights record improves.
2007 Jul 25, Vietnamís
lawmakers overwhelmingly re-elected PM Nguyen Tan Dung, in hopes
that strong growth and economic reforms would continue under his
2007 Aug 6, Vietnamís disaster
officials said the worst tropical storm to hit the country so far
this year has killed nine people, while 14 others remain missing.
2007 Aug 8, In Vietnam
officials said at least 34 people have died and 17 more were missing
and feared dead after Tropical Storm Pabuk lashed the country.
2007 Aug 13, In central Vietnam
the death toll from a tropical storm that caused widespread flooding
hit 70 after five more bodies were recovered, while six people were
still missing and feared dead.
2007 Sep 1, The World Health
Organization (WHO) confirmed five human bird flu cases in Vietnam,
four of them fatal. The four, including two women, died between June
21 and August 3 while a fifth person, a 29-year-old man, had
2007 Sep 26, In southern
Vietnam a section of a bridge under construction collapsed, killing
at least 52 workers and injuring 97 others. The bridge was being
built across the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong River, in the
southern city of Can Tho.
2007 Oct 3, Disaster officials
began evacuating 400,000 people as a typhoon approached Vietnam's
central coast, packing winds up to 83 mph. Typhoon Lekima slammed
into Vietnam's central coast, killing two people, destroying
hundreds of houses and unleashing floods in one of the country's
2007 Oct 6, In Vietnam floods
and landslides followed Typhoon Lekima and killed at least 86 people
with many missing and some villages cut off and inundated by water.
(Reuters, 10/6/07)(AP, 10/7/07)(AP, 10/11/07)
2007 Oct 27, An official of the
Vietnamese embassy to South Africa was shot and seriously injured in
a robbery at his Pretoria residence.
2007 Nov 5, In central Vietnam
residents braced for a tropical storm expected to make landfall
later this week after floods triggered by heavy rains killed at
least 24 people. People in seven coastal areas fell victim to the
latest floods, which began Nov 2. The floods were the third to hit
the region in three weeks.
2007 Nov 17, Police in Ho Chi
Minh City arrested two US citizens of Vietnamese descent, two
Vietnam citizens, one French citizen of Vietnamese descent and one
Thai citizen after "they participated in discussions with other
democracy activists on promoting peaceful democratic change."
Several were jailed in one-day trials for up to 8 years on charges
of defaming the Communist Party and "spreading propaganda against
2007 Dec 4, American officials
confirmed that Vietnam is holding four US citizens, hours after
gaining their first consular access to two of the detainees, both
Vietnamese-born pro-democracy activists.
2008 Jan 22, A US official said
thousands of Vietnamese living illegally in the US now face
deportation after the two countries completed an agreement following
a decade of work on the pact.
2008 Jan 30, Vietnamís central
bank raised official interest rates up 1.5% to fight inflation which
had reached 14.1%, the highest since 1995.
(Econ, 2/2/08, p.46)
2008 Mar 10, Vietnamís central
bank widened the band in which it allows the Vietnamese dong to rise
or fall against the dollar from .75% to 1%. The bank said it plans
to expand the band to 2% in an effort to unshackle its economy from
the sliding dollar.
(WSJ, 3/19/08, p.A8)
2008 Mar 18, An appeals court
in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced an Australian woman to death for
heroin trafficking. Vietnam-born Jasmine Luong (34), of Sydney, was
convicted during a one-day trial of trafficking 3 pounds of heroin.
2008 Apr 1, A top US
immigration official said Washington has started deportation
proceedings against thousands of Vietnamese living illegally in the
US under a pact between the two countries.
2008 Apr 1, An Australian court
charged a Vietnam Airlines pilot with smuggling millions of dollars
in drug profits out of the country. Quoc Viet Lai (58,) faced 40
counts of money laundering after allegedly taking 3.7 million
dollars (3.4 million US) out of Australia between June 2005 and June
2008 Apr 8, In Vietnam a small
military plane crashed near Hanoi, killing all five aboard.
2008 Apr 28, Officials said
Vietnam is ending a child adoption agreement with the United States
after being accused of allowing baby-selling and corruption.
2008 Apr 28, The Olympic torch
arrived in Vietnam from North Korea, where tens of thousands of
citizens were mobilized to celebrate the relay in Pyongyang in the
flame's first visit to the authoritarian nation.
2008 May 12, In Vietnam 2
reporters were arrested for their coverage of a bribery, gambling
and corruption scandal. Their arrests led to a highly unusual
confrontation between Vietnam's Communist government and the
country's state-controlled newspapers. The scandal, which erupted in
2005, led to the conviction of 9 people, including several
2008 Apr, The population of
Vietnam was about 85 million.
(Econ, 4/26/08, SR p.3)
2008 May 31, In Vietnam some
1000 workers walked off the assembly line of a Panasonic plant as
inflation reached a 13-year high of 25.2%. Some 300 strikes took
place in the first quarter as compared to 103 in the first quarter
(WSJ, 6/3/08, p.A12)
2008 Jun 2, In central Vietnam
a collision between a speeding bus and a truck killed 14 people and
injured 18 others. Traffic accidents killed more than 13,000 people
last year in Vietnam.
2008 Jun 9, Budweiser, US beer
brewer, announced that it would go on sale in Vietnam.
(Econ, 6/14/08, p.82)
2008 Jun 10, Vietnam devalued
its currency by almost 2% to bring the official exchange rate closer
to black market rates. The main interest rate was increased to 14%
from 12% in an effort to tamp inflationary pressure. A week earlier
PM Nguyen Tan Dung had said there was no reason to decrease the
value of the dong.
(WSJ, 6/11/08, p.A15)
2008 Jun 11, Vietnam devalued
its currency by 2% as inflation pushed over 25%.
2008 Jun 11, Vo Van Kiet
(b.1922), former Vietnamese Prime Minister (1991-1997), died in
Singapore. The economic reformer had led the Communist nation away
from poverty and isolation and backed the normalization of ties with
the United States.
(AP, 6/11/08)(WSJ, 6/14/08, p.A7)
2008 Jun 16, A Vietnamese
soldier shot and killed four people and seriously injured five
others before shooting himself dead. Nguyen Manh Hung (23)
reportedly became enraged after being accused of stealing a mobile
2008 Jul 14, In Vietnam Dayana
Mendoza, Miss Venezuela, was crowned Miss Universe 2008 in a contest
marked by the spectacle of Miss USA falling down during the evening
gown competition for the second year in a row.
2008 Jul 21, Vietnam raised its
fuel prices by 31%.
(WSJ, 7/22/08, p.A13)
2008 Aug 9, Disaster officials
said landslides and floods killed at least 101 people in northern
Vietnam, covering the homes of some victims as they slept in their
(AP, 8/10/08)(WSJ, 8/12/08, p.A8)
2008 Aug 15, In Beijing 2
positive dope tests by Asian athletes overshadowed Singapore's first
medal in 48 years and a podium for Malaysia with a North Korean
shooter and a Vietnamese gymnast exposed as cheats.
2008 Aug 19, Vietnamese
authorities freed British glam rocker Paul Gadd, aka Gary Glitter,
after nearly three years in prison on child molestation charges,
then moved immediately to deport him.
(AP, 8/19/08)(Econ, 8/36/08, p.36)
2008 Aug, In Vietnam several
people were arrested after they knocked down a section of the wall
surrounding a parcel of land once owned by Thai Ha Church and set up
an altar and a statue of the Virgin Mary. 7 of the defendants
received suspended sentences ranging from 12 to 15 months, and
another received a warning. They all got two years of probation.
2008 Sep 1, A US-Vietnam
adoption agreement expired with the two sides unable to resolve
disagreements over fraud and corruption, disappointing hundreds of
prospective parents who will have to seek children elsewhere.
2008 Sep 19, Ben Stocking (49),
an Associated Press reporter in Vietnam, was punched, choked and hit
over the head with a camera by police who detained him for a short
while as he covered a Catholic prayer vigil at the site of the
former Vatican Embassy in Hanoi. The city had started to clear the
site after announcing a day earlier that it planned to use the land
for a public library and park.
2008 Sep 25, Typhoon Hagupit
hit northern Vietnam. Floods triggered by the storm left at least 41
people dead and at least $65 million in damages.
(AP, 9/27/08)(AP, 9/28/08)(AP, 9/29/08)
2008 Sep 30, Tropical Storm
Mekkhala slammed into Vietnam's central coast before moving to Laos
later the same day. At least 8 people were killed with 8 more
2008 Oct 3, Officials said
Vietnam's health ministry has discovered the industrial chemical
melamine in 18 food products imported from China and three other
countries and has ordered them recalled and destroyed.
2008 Oct 8, The US embassy said
in a statement that the United States and Vietnam have agreed to
lift restrictions on air cargo routes between the two countries.
2008 Oct 15, A Vietnamese court
sentenced journalist Nguyen Viet Chien (56) to two years in prison,
accusing him of writing inaccurate stories about one of the
country's most high-profile corruption cases. Fellow reporter Nguyen
Van Hai (33) was sentenced on the charges to two years of
"re-education without detention." The reporters were arrested in May
for writing about a 2005 scandal in which Transportation Ministry
officials were accused of gambling with allegedly embezzled funds.
Police Maj. Gen. Pham Xuan Quac (62) and investigator Dinh Van Huynh
were charged with "deliberately revealing state secrets," for giving
information to the journalists. Quac, who has retired, was given a
warning, while Huynh was sentenced to one year in prison.
2008 Oct 29, The US and Vietnam
launched three new programs to help provide job training and health
care to disabled people in Danang, where American troops stored and
mixed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
2008 Nov 2, A week of flooding
triggered by torrential rains in northern and central Vietnam killed
some 92 people, 22 of them in the capital Hanoi hit by the worst
flooding in 35 years.
(Reuters, 11/2/08)(AP, 11/3/08)(AP, 11/5/08)
2008 Nov 13, Vietnam's premier
pledged to probe a corruption case in which Japanese businessmen
have admitted bribing a Vietnamese official in the latest scandal
involving a foreign aid-funded road project.
2008 Nov 16, In Vietnam weekend
flooding killed at least 11 people in the southern and central
regions, submerged thousands of homes in Ho Chi Minh city and
stranded air and railway passengers.
2008 Nov 20, Vietnam's
president Nguyen Minh Triet was set to meet Venezuelan leader Hugo
Chavez, during the first visit by a head of state from the communist
nation here, mainly focused on oil and gas ties.
2008 Nov 20, In Vietnam family
planning chiefs said officials in Communist Vietnam, alarmed by a
new baby boom, are to crack down on couples having more than two
children. The government first launched a two-child policy in the
early 1960s. A 2003 ordinance encouraged small families without
making it illegal for families to have a third child.
2008 Nov 25, Indochina
Airlines, Vietnamís first privately owned airline, began operations.
2008 Dec 8, In northern Vietnam
a blast at a coal mine killed at least seven workers and injured 15.
2008 Dec 18, Vietnam approved
new regulations banning bloggers from discussing subjects the
government deems sensitive or inappropriate and requiring them to
limit their writings to personal issues.
2008 Dec 25, Japan and Vietnam
signed an economic partnership pact with a promise to cut tariffs on
some 92% of goods and services traded between the two nations within
2008 Gordon Goldstein authored
ďLessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in
2008 Rufus Phillips authored
ďWhy Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned."
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.55)
2008 The Vietnamese German
University (VGU) opened in Ho Chi Minh City. It focused on
engineering and economics with programs taught in English by
visiting German professors.
(Econ, 10/2/10, p.45)
2009 Jan 25, A small ferry
overloaded with holiday shoppers sank in central Vietnam, killing at
least 40 people ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year. Most of the
dead were women and children.
2009 Jun 13, In Vietnam civil
rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh (41) was arrested at his home in Ho Chi
Minh City. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges
of sabotaging the communist government. Three other pro-democracy
activists, Le Thang Long, Tran Thi Thu and Le Thi Thu Thu, were soon
arrested for colluding with Dinh.
2009 Jul 2, In Vietnam an
official said for every 100 girls born to Vietnamese families, there
are 112 boys born, a disparity in the sex ratio that has been
rapidly increasing in recent years. The rising imbalance was blamed
on a cultural preference for boys who can continue the bloodline and
the belief that boys can better care for parents as they age.
2009 Jul 31, A new study by the
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and Vietnam's ministry of
defense said more than one-third of the land in six central
Vietnamese provinces remained contaminated with land mines and
unexploded bombs from the Vietnam War.
2009 Aug 27, Vietnam police
took Bui Thanh Hieu, who writes a blog under the pen name Nguoi Buon
Gio, or Wind Trader, into custody for questioning. Pham Doan Trang,
a writer for the popular online newspaper VietnamNet, was detained
the day before. Both were released on Sep 6.
2009 Sep 2, Vietnamese
authorities arrested blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (30), who writes
under the pen name Me Nam, at her home in Nha Trang. Quynh's arrest
was the latest in a series of police moves against writers who
criticized government policies toward China. The government
tightened its rules for bloggers earlier this year, saying they must
restrict their writings to personal matters. Quynh was released on
(AP, 9/4/09)(AP, 9/12/09)
2009 Sep 10, Vietnamese and US
scientists wrapped up their annual meetings on Agent Orange,
launching a task force to examine health issues in areas where the
defoliant was used during the Vietnam War. Vietnam has said 1
million to 4 million of its citizens may have suffered serious
health consequences after being exposed to dioxin, a highly toxic
element in Agent Orange.
2009 Sep 11, In Vietnam the
Canadian environmental firm Hatfield Consultants said new
environmental tests confirm extremely high levels of dioxin, the
toxic ingredient of Agent Orange, in people, fish and soil near
Danang airport, a former US air base where American troops stored
the herbicide during the Vietnam War.
2009 Sep 14, Vietnamese
scholars disbanded the Institute of Development Studies, the
country's first independent think tank, to protest a government
decree, effective Sep 15, restricting the right to conduct and
2009 Sep 24, In Vietnam 9 North
Koreans took refuge in Denmark's embassy in Hanoi seeking political
asylum and passage to Seoul. On Oct 20 they left the mission and
were on their way to South Korea.
(Reuters, 10/20/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 25, An environmental
group said a gecko with leopard-like spots on its body and a fanged
frog that eats birds are among 163 new species discovered last year
in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, which included Laos,
Thailand and Vietnam.
2009 Sep 29, Typhoon Ketsana
slammed into central Vietnam, killing 74 as officials recovered more
bodies from the muck and swollen rivers along the country's long
coastline. 179 were reported injured and a dozen missing. In
neighboring Cambodia, at least 11 people were killed and 29 injured.
(Reuters, 9/29/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Sep, In Vietnam some 400
disciples of Thich Nhat Hanh, who has popularized Buddhism in the
West and sold millions of books worldwide, were forcibly evicted
from the Bat Nha monastery in Lam Dong province. Since then, nearly
200 monks have taken refuge at the nearby Phuoc Hue pagoda, but they
have been ordered to leave by Dec. 31. On Dec 18 the disciples asked
for temporary asylum in France.
(AP, 12/17/09)(AFP, 12/18/09)
2009 Oct 9, In Vietnam a judge
in Haiphong sentenced 9 activists up to six years for hanging
democracy banners and other acts against the state, prompting tears
and condemnation from relatives. Some of the activists were linked
to an outlawed pro-democracy grouping called Bloc 8406. Nguyen Xuan
Nghia (60), the alleged leader of six activists, received the
heaviest penalty of six years in prison followed by three years of
(AFP, 10/9/09)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.55)
2009 Oct 15, It was reported
that the Taj network, funded by the National Science Foundation, now
connects India, Singapore, Vietnam and Egypt to the larger Global
Ring Network for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD) global
infrastructure, and "dramatically improves existing US network links
with China and the Nordic region," according to an NSF statement.
2009 Nov 2, Tropical Storm
Mirinae slammed into Vietnam's central coast, unleashing heavy rains
and winds and forcing more than 80,000 people to evacuate before
losing steam as it moved inland. The storm killed at least 98
people. Mirinae also killed two people in Cambodia and left 19
people dead and three missing in the Philippines.
(AP, 11/2/09)(AP, 11/3/09)(AFP, 11/5/09)
2009 Nov 6, Japan pledged $5.5
billion in aid over 3 years for Southeast Asia's 5 Mekong River
nations (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam), seeking to
deepen ties with the region amid growing influence from China.
2009 Dec 11, At the Vatican
Vietnamís President Nguyen Minh Triet met with Pope Benedict XVI for
40 minutes, twice as long as was scheduled and the first time that
the head of state of Vietnam has met with the pope since the
communists took power in 1954. Vietnam's 6 million Roman Catholics
is one of the largest Catholic communities in Asia.
2009 Dec 16, Vietnam said it
has ordered submarines and fighter jets from Russia, its former
communist ally, in a deal reportedly worth hundreds of millions of
2009 Dec 28, A Vietnamese court
convicted Tran Anh Kim (60), a former army officer who had pressed
for democratic reforms of subversion, and sentenced him to 5.5 years
in prison. Kim was accused of "working to overthrow the state" by
joining the Democratic Party of Vietnam, publishing pro-democracy
articles on the Internet, and joining Bloc 8406, an organization
that promotes a multiparty state.
2010 Jan 1, A free-trade
agreement between China and the 10 members of the Association of
Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) came into effect. The 6 richest
members scrapped tariffs on 90% of goods. The 4 poorest (Vietnam,
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar) will not need to cut tariffs to the same
level until 2015.
(SSFC, 1/3/10, p.A4)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.44)
2010 Jan 20, Vietnam convicted
4 democracy activists of trying to overthrow the communist
government and sentenced them to up to 16 years in prison for
promoting multiparty democracy. Le cong Dinh (41), a lawyer, was
sentenced for 5 years and activist Nguyen Tien Trung (26) was
sentenced to 7 years. In May a court upheld the 16-year sentence
against Internet entrepreneur Tran Huynh Duy Thuc and the 5-year
sentence against U.S.-trained human rights attorney Le Cong Dinh. It
reduced the sentence of businessman Le Thang Long.
(AP, 1/20/10)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.52)(AP, 5/11/10)
2010 Jan 22, In Vietnam 19 rare
Asiatic moon bears, found at an illegal Taiwanese-owned operation in
southern Vietnam, reached a new home at Tam Dao National Park,
joining 29 bears already at the rescue center. Ultrasound tests had
found evidence of thickened gall bladders, a telltale sign of gall
bladder milking. Some may need to have the organ removed because of
2010 Jan 29, A Vietnamese court
handed a four-year jail term to writer Pham Thanh Nghien (32) for
anti-state "propaganda," the latest in a string of jailings of
democracy activists by the communist state.
2010 Feb 5, A Vietnamese court
convicted Tran Khai Thanh Thuy (49), a journalist and democracy
activist, of assault and sentenced her to three-and-a-half years in
prison in a one-day trial that rights groups said was meant to
silence government critics.
2010 Feb 10, Vietnamís central
bank devalued its currency, the dong, by 3.4%. This followed a
devaluation of 5.4% last November.
(Econ, 3/6/10, p.59)
2010 Mar 3, In Laos senior
officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam met in Luang
Prabang to discuss the Mekong River. The Mekong River Commission in
a draft report said severe drought has dropped the river to its
lowest level in nearly 20 years, halting some cargo traffic and boat
tours on the waterway, the lifeblood for 65 million people in six
2010 Mar 25, China agreed to
share water level data at 2 dams to ease pressure from nations
downstream, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
(SFC, 4/6/10, p.A3)
2010 Mar 30, Vietnam and the
United States signed a pact described as a key foundation for
development of peaceful atomic power in the communist country.
2010 Mar 31, Google Inc. says
malicious software has been used to spy on Vietnamese computer users
opposed to a controversial bauxite mine in the Southeast Asian
country. Computer security firm McAfee said the perpetrators may be
linked to the communist government.
2010 Apr 29, In Vietnam a Javan
rhino, one of the world's rarest large mammals, was found shot dead
with its horn chopped off in a southern national park, a suspected
victim of poachers. There were only three to five Javan rhinos
believed left in Vietnam. The animal was first caught on camera at
the park in 1999.
2010 Jun 14, Vietnam and the US
agreed to US financing worth 500 million dollars aimed at boosting
American exports for high-priority infrastructure projects in the
2010 Jun 17, Vietnam's
communist-dominated National Assembly voted to replace firing squads
with lethal injections. As of 2012 no executions were conducted
because the EU refused to export the required lethal drugs.
(AFP, 6/17/10)(SFC, 11/2/12, p.A2)
2010 Jul 15, Vietnamís state
media reported that Vietnam has published the first issue of a human
rights magazine to help counter what it calls "erroneous and hostile
2010 Jul 17, Typhoon Conson
weakened as it headed toward Vietnam, after passing over the Chinese
island of Hainan where falling billboards killed at least two
2010 Jul 18, In Vietnam 17
people were left missing as the tail end of Typhoon Conson blew
ashore after battering the Philippines and China and killing dozens.
(AP, 7/18/10)(AP, 7/19/10)
2010 Jul 26, French Defense
Minister Herve Morin visited Vietnam marking the first time a French
defense minister traveled to the country since Vietnam's 1954
surprise defeat at Dien Bien Phu. The next day Vietnamís state media
reported that Morin has agreed to help Vietnam modernize its
2010 Aug 1, UNESCO added five
cultural sites to its World Heritage List, including the Imperial
Citadel of Thang Long-Hanoi in Vietnam. The other new sites include
the historic monuments of Dengfeng in China, the archaeological site
Sarazm in Tajikistan, the Episcopal city of Albi in France and a
17th-century canal ring in Amsterdam.
2010 Aug 17, Vietnamese and US
officials held their first defense talks as the two countries
celebrated the 15th anniversary of normalizing relations.
(SFC, 8/18/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 24, In Vietnam at
least 9 people were killed when Typhoon Mindulle struck the central
2010 Aug 28, Vietnam's
president ordered 17,210 prisoners freed as part of the country's
annual National Day amnesty.
2010 Sep 11, China detained 9
Vietnamese fishermen near the disputed Paracel islands in the South
China Sea. Vietnam demanded their immediate release without
conditions, but China refused until the captain paid a fine for
having explosives aboard the boat. The fisherman returned home on
oct 26 after an ordeal that included a month of detention by China
and a week lost on stormy seas.
2010 Oct 4, Vietnamese
officials said weekend floods triggered by heavy rains have
displaced thousands of villagers in central Vietnam, and left 3
people dead and 3 others missing.
2010 Oct 6, In Vietnam
fireworks intended for Hanoi's upcoming 1000th birthday celebration
exploded prematurely, killing four people and injuring three others.
2010 Oct 7, In Vietnam the
death toll from vicious rains nearly doubled to 48 after disaster
officials were finally able to access areas that had been cut off by
high waters. Another 23 people remained missing as villagers started
returning to areas where the water was receding.
2010 Oct 9, In central Vietnam
the death toll in devastating floods rose to 62 as authorities
rushed aid to about 100,000 people facing food shortages.
2010 Oct 17, Vietnamese
officials said more flooding has killed at least 14 people and
forced around 78,000 people to be evacuated from their homes in the
centre of the country.
2010 Oct 18, In Vietnam a local
official was sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes on a
Japanese-funded road project he managed, in a scandal that prompted
Japan to suspend aid for several months. Huynh Ngoc Si was convicted
of receiving $262,000 from executives of Pacific Consultants
International, or PCI, a Japanese company hired as consultants.
2010 Oct 18, In Vietnam 20
people on a bus were swept away by strong currents from a flooded
river. They were presumed dead. Another 17 managed to save
themselves by swimming or clinging to trees or power poles.
2010 Oct 22, In Vietnam
disaster officials said the death toll from severe flooding in four
central provinces had climbed to 75, including 14 victims from a bus
swept off a road by strong currents, with six passengers still
2010 Oct 23, In Vietnam Le
Nguyen Huong Tra, who blogged under the pen name of Do Long Girl,
was taken into police custody from a home in Ho Chi Minh City for
allegedly slandering a senior government official. Police in Ho Chi
Minh City also arrested blogger Phan Thanh Hai, known as Anhbasg,
over the weekend and continued to detain Nguyen Van Hai, a blogger
known as Dieu Cay, even though he had served out his 30-month
sentence on "trumped-up" tax evasion charges.
2010 Oct 29, A feud between
China and Japan deepened at the East Asian Summit in Vietnam, as
China accused its rival of making false comments and hopes for
landmark talks between their leaders evaporated.
2010 Oct 31, Japanís PM Naoto
Kan said Vietnam has chosen Japan as a partner to mine rare earth
metals and develop nuclear power.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 2, State Vietnam News
said blogger Le Nguyen Huong Tra (35), who blogged as Co Gai Do
Long, has been detained for "infringing on the interests of the
state" after she criticized a security official and his family.
2010 Nov 4, Vietnam disaster
officials say new flooding in the central part of the country has
killed 16 people, bringing the death toll over the past month to
2010 Nov 21, A global tiger
summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, approved a wide-ranging
program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in
the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that
still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China,
India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam
and Russia. Experts said wild tigers could become extinct in 12
years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action
to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
2010 Dec 16, A
Vietnam-registered fishing boat, named Phu Tan, capsized off the
Chinese coast leaving 27 fishermen missing.
2010 Dec 17, In Vietnam
Southeast Asia's largest hydroelectric power station began operating
to help ease an electricity shortage. The first of six turbines at
the Son La station was connected to the national power grid.
2010 In Vietnam the state-owned
shipbuilder, Vinashin, imploded with debts of $4.5 billion.
(Econ, 1/8/11, p.42)
2010 In northern Vietnam a
Vietnam Association of Agent Orange Victims was established in
Thai Binh province by five foreign members of a Scientology-funded
sister organization, The Association of Better Living and Education.
It offered a 25-day vitamin and sauna regime for victims of Agent
Orange. Scientologists believed the regime can "sweat out" toxins
stored in body fat. There were no peer-reviewed studies to back this
2010 The population of Vietnam
was about 86 million.
(Econ, 9/4/10, p.46)
2010 Vietnam wiped out its own
last known Javan rhinoceros despite efforts to protect it. The last
of the population was found dead in a national park, shot through
the leg with its horn hacked off. Illegal rhino killings in South
Africa skyrocketed, from 122 in 2009 to 333 in 2010 and a record 448
in 2011. By 2012 crushed rhino horn powder fetched up to $55,000 per
kg in Asia ($25,000 per pound).
2011 Jan 5, In Vietnam police
roughed up Christian Marchant, an American diplomat, and repeatedly
slammed a car door on his legs when he went to visit a prominent
dissident. The encounter prompted a strong US protest.
2011 Jan 12, Vietnamís
Communist Party leaders acknowledged that rampant abuse of power is
holding the country back, telling delegates during the opening of a
key meeting that cleaning up corruption would help solve the
country's economic woes.
2011 Jan 18, Vietnam's
Communist elite selected a new party boss, after a week of secret
meetings at which politicians jockeyed for power before choosing a
moderate now tasked with trying to sustain country's explosive
2011 Jan 19, In Vietnam
reporter Le Hoang Hung (50) suffered burns on about half his body
following an attack in his house while he was sleeping. Hung died of
his injuries on Jan 29. His wife Tran Thi Thuy Lieu (40) was taken
into police custody on Feb 22.
(AP, 1/20/11)(AP, 1/29/11)(AP, 2/23/11)
2011 Jan 20, The EU Naval Force
said that Somali pirates have seized a Vietnamese-owned bulk
carrier, the MV Hoang Son Sun, with 24 crew onboard. All crew
members returned to Vietnam on Sep 23 after shipping firm Hoang Son
Ltd Co. paid more than $2 million in ransom.
(AP, 1/20/11)(AFP, 9/26/11)
2011 Jan 21, Vietnamís
state-controlled media said a cold spell over the past three weeks
has killed at least seven people as well as more than 20,000 cows
2011 Jan 25, Human Rights Watch
called on the United States to return Vietnam to a list of the
world's worst abusers of religious freedom, accusing it of
continuously harassing some groups trying to worship peacefully.
2011 Jan 26, In Vietnam Vi Duc
Hoi (54), a communist official turned democracy campaigner, was
jailed for 8 years. Activists saw the case as part of a wider
crackdown on free speech.
2011 Feb 6, Vietnamese police
said 9 friends died during a lunar New Year party after they started
a car parked inside a house to play music following an electricity
2011 Feb 17, In Vietnam 12
people from nine countries were killed in Vietnam's deadliest tour
boat accident since the country opened to foreign visitors 25 years
ago. Nine foreigners and six Vietnamese survived only by flinging
themselves overboard and swimming to other tour boats anchored
nearby in Ha Long Bay.
2011 Feb 28, Vietnamís
state-controlled Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that Nguyen Dan Que
(69), one of the countryís most prominent pro-democracy dissidents,
was being held by police in Ho Chi Minh City for allegedly acting to
overthrow the government. His house was searched on Feb 26. Police
allegedly found 60,000 documents on his computer calling for a
2011 Mar 31, A report by Human
Rights Watch said Vietnam has increased repression of indigenous
minority Christians in the Central Highlands. Hill tribe minorities,
known as Montagnards, converted to Christianity in large numbers
over the past half century.
(SFC, 4/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 4, In Vietnam Cu Huy
Ha Vu (53), the dissident son of a Vietnamese revolutionary leader,
was convicted of anti-state propaganda activities, including
advocating an end to one-party communist rule. His lawyers the next
day challenged his seven-year jail sentence, saying the judges
violated the law during his short trial.
2011 Apr 14, In Vietnam
authorities in the central Quang Nam province agreed to set up the
reserve dedicated to the secretive saola, a relative of antelopes
and cattle and one of the world's rarest animals, which was only
discovered in 1992. This was the second Sao La conservation zone in
Vietnam, after the first one located at the Bach Ma National Park in
the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.
2011 Apr 24, Madame Ngo Dinh
Nhu (bv.1924), the de facto First Lady of South Vietnam (1955-1963),
died in Rome, Italy. In 2013 Monique Brinson Demery authored
ďFinding the Dragon lady: The Mystery of Vietnamís Madame Nhu."
2011 May 4, Vietnamís central
bank raised a key interest rate to 14% presented a package of
commitments, titled Resolution II, to tighten money and credit.
Consumer prices had risen 17.5% in the year to April.
(Econ, 5/7/11, p.79)
2011 May 5, Vietnamese
officials said security forces have quashed a rare protest of
hundreds of ethnic Hmong Christians calling for an independent
2011 May 5, In Vietnam customs
officials intercepted 661 pounds (300 kg) of smuggled African
elephant tusks from Tanzania at a northern port city.
2011 May 20, In southern
Vietnam a tour boat cruising the Saigon River to celebrate a
3-year-old's birthday capsized during a violent storm, killing the
boy, four other children and 10 adults.
2011 May 22, Vietnam held
2011 May 30, Authorities in the
Philippines detained 122 Vietnamese fishermen after seven boats were
intercepted in Philippine waters.
2011 Jun 17, Vietnam started
the first phase of a joint plan with the US to clean up
environmental damage left over from the chemical defoliant Agent
(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 22, Vietnam released
Tran Khai Thanh Thuy (50), a dissident writer and pro-democracy
activist, and deported her to the United States on humanitarian
2011 Jun 23, In northern
Vietnam flash floods and whirlwinds killed seven people, left three
others missing and injured 60.
2011 Jul 10, Vietnamese police
forcibly dispersed an anti-China rally and arrested at least 10
people, including journalists, after a series of protests over
tensions in the South China Sea.
2011 Jul 17, Vietnamese police
rounded up at least 10 people as they broke up an anti-China rally
for the 2nd weekend running in a series of protests over tensions in
the South China Sea.
2011 Jul 23, Nguyen Cao Ky
(b.1930), the flamboyant former air force general who ruled South
Vietnam with an iron fist for two years (1965-1967) during the
Vietnam War, died in Malaysia. In 2002 he authored "Buddha's Child:
My Fight to Save Vietnam."
2011 Jul 25, Vietnam named
Truong Tan Sang (62), a longtime rival of PM Nguyen Tan Dung, as its
new president, a largely symbolic post in the communist nation.
2011 Jul 31, Tropical Storm
Nock-ten hit north-central Vietnam killing one person. The storm had
already left at least 50 people dead in the Philippines.
(SSFC, 7/31/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 10, In Vietnam Pham
Minh Hoang (56), a French-Vietnamese math professor, was sentenced
to three years in prison for belonging to a banned pro-democracy
group and publishing an anti-Communist blog.
2011 Aug 14, Canada's trade and
agriculture ministers said Vietnam has lifted its eight-year-old ban
on Canadian live breeding cattle, sheep and goats, becoming the
first Asian country to do so since a 2003 discovery of mad cow
2011 Aug 18, Vietnamís
government warned that it would no longer tolerate weekly
demonstrations that have taken place in Hanoi for the past 10
weekends over disputed territory in the South China Sea.
2011 Aug 19, Vietnamese
officials said hand, foot and mouth disease has killed 81 children
and continues to surge. PM Nguyen Tan Dung called for stepped up
efforts for prevention.
(SFC, 8/20/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 21, Vietnamese police
swooped in and crushed an anti-China rally, arresting dozens of
protesters who refused to stop chanting and forcing them onto two
buses that were driven away.
2011 Aug 29, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned about a new mutant strain of
the deadly bird flu H5N1 virus (H5N1 - 22.214.171.124.) in China and
Vietnam, saying there could be a "major resurgence" of the disease.
2011 Sep 6, Thailand
authorities arrested two men in the northeast for trying to smuggle
more 120 dogs into Vietnam to be sold for human consumption. 31 of
the dogs were dead.
2011 Sep 12, In Vietnam Truong
Van Suong (68), a political prisoner, died in Ha Nam province
outside Hanoi after more than three decades in detention.
2011 Sep 28, Officials said
South Africa and Vietnam have launched talks toward an agreement to
curb rhino poaching, which has soared in recent years driven by
booming demand in Asia.
2011 Sep 30, Typhoon Nesat
whacked into Vietnam, forcing 20,000 people to be evacuated.
Prolonged monsoon flooding, typhoons and storms have wreaked untold
havoc in Asian countries, leaving more than 600 people dead or
missing in India, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, China, Pakistan
and Vietnam in the last four months.
2011 Oct 11, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel met with her Vietnamese counterpart, PM Nguyen Tan
Dung, as part of a two-day visit to boost trade ties with the
2011 Oct 12, India and Vietnam
signed an accord to promote oil exploration in Vietnamese waters
that could escalate long-standing tensions with China as it presses
territorial claims to much of the South China sea.
2011 Oct 16, Scientists at the
Vietnam-based Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Program and the Oxford
University Clinical Research units in Kathmandu and Ho Chi Minh City
announced they had combined cutting-edge gene sequencing technology
with Google Earth to accurately map the spread of typhoid in
Kathmandu for the first time.
2011 Oct 31, Japan and Vietnam
agreed to move ahead with a plan to export Japanese nuclear
technology to build reactors in Vietnam despite Japan's ongoing
nuclear crisis. PM Yoshihiko Noda and his Vietnamese counterpart
Nguyen Tan Dung also agreed to jointly mine rare earth minerals in
2011 Nov 3, In Vietnam an
Interpol meeting in Hanoi unveiled a campaign to help save the
world's last wild tigers in the 13 Asian countries where they still
exist, winning praise from conservationists.
2011 Nov 6, Fishermen on a
Taiwanese boat fought back against Somali pirates and freed
themselves after a hijacking in the Indian Ocean. 5 Vietnamese war
vets on the Chin Yi Wen overcame the hijackers and then the boat met
up with British anti-piracy vessels nearby. The war fighters had
been recruited by Taiwan to be part of a 28-man crew on the 290-ton
vessel, along with 9 Chinese, 8 Filipinos and 6 Indonesians. The
crew forced the six armed Somali pirates to jump overboard, and
successfully took back control of the ship.
(AP, 11/6/11)(AFP, 11/7/11)
2011 Nov 8, In South Korea
Vietnam agreed to seek greater nuclear energy cooperation with South
Korea, opening the way for its participation in a project to build
atomic power plants at home.
2011 Nov 10, The International
Union for Conservation of Nature said the Western Black Rhino of
Africa has been declared officially extinct. The Javan Rhino was
said to be "probably extinct" in Vietnam, after poachers killed the
last animal there in 2010. A small but declining population of the
Javan Rhino still survived on the Indonesian island of Java.
2011 Nov 25, Vietnamís PM
Nguyen Tan Dung called for new legislation on protests "to ensure
people's rights to freedom and democracy under the constitution and
law." Vietnam's constitution allows for the right to demonstrate.
2011 Dec 5, Vietnam officials
said more than 100,000 people have been killed or injured by land
mines or other abandoned explosives since the Vietnam War ended
nearly 40 years ago, and clearing all of the country will take
decades more. The United States used about 16 million tons of bombs
and ammunition while allied with the former South Vietnam
2011 Dec 6, Animal Asia, an
animal protection group, said 14 Asiatic black bears have been
rescued from a bear bile farm in Vietnam after their owner decided
to renounce the illegal trade.
2011 Dec 25, The Vinalines
Queen disappeared on Christmas Day after passing the island of Luzon
in the Philippines. The Vietnamese ship had capsized, apparently
without sending a distress signal. A Vietnamese seaman survived five
days floating in open ocean with only a life jacket for protection
after his cargo ship sank and all his 22 crew mates died. The ship
was carrying more than 54,000 tons of nickel ore and was traveling
from Indonesia to China when it lost contact. Global ship owners
association Intercargo issued a statement in December 2010 warning
of the hazards of transporting nickel ore which, it said, may
liquefy and cause a ship to list if not loaded to international
2011 The population of Vietnam
was about 87 million.
(Econ, 9/10/11, p.48)
2012 Jan 5, In Vietnam six
police and army officers were injured in the northern port city of
Haiphong during a guerrilla-style clash between authorities and
farmers who tried to fend off a land eviction by laying homemade
land mines and firing improvised shotguns. Doan Van Vuon (49) had
long been at odds with authorities who proposed evicting him from 19
hectares (47 acres) of swamp land leased in 1993 on a 14-year
contract. He had converted the area into a seafood farm. On Jan 17
PM Nguyen Tan Dung called for an investigation.
2012 Jan 12, A Thai navy patrol
caught a gang of dog smugglers on the shore of the Mekong River in
Nakhon Phanom province. At least 750 dogs were to be transported
through Laos to Vietnam, where dog meat is a delicacy.
2012 Jan 19, Vietnam confirmed
its first case death from bird flu in nearly 2 years, a day after
Cambodia also logged its first fatality this year from the H5N1
(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 22, China allegedly
used force to threaten 11 Vietnamese fishermen preventing them from
entering the Paracel islands to avoid a storm. A Vietnamese report
on Feb 29 said Chinese forces assaulted the fishermen and tried to
take their property.
2012 Mar 3, Chinese forces
intercepted two Vietnamese fishing boats near the disputed Paracel
islands. The Chinese soon demanded 70,000 yuan ($11,000) for the
release of 21 fishermen.
2012 Mar 21, Vietnamese police
seized five tons of frozen pangolins and iguanas that were destined
for the cooking pot in China.
2012 Mar 15, CH. Karchang, a
Thailand construction giant, officially began work on the $3.5
billion dam at Xayaburi in northern Laos. A December agreement by
the Mekong River Commission had called for further study on the
environmental impacts of the dam.
(Econ, 5/5/12, p.43)(Econ, 9/7/13, p.40)
2012 Apr 4, A Vietnamese survey
said nearly 50% of Vietnamese companies admit to bribing officials
in order to bid on contracts, but experts said the real figure could
be far higher.
2012 Apr 5, A Vietnamese survey
reported that nearly a third of pre-school children in Vietnam
suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth, while in urban areas
rates of childhood obesity are rising. The study by the National
Institute of Nutrition was based on research in 2009 and 2010.
2012 Apr 5, Buford, Wyoming,
was purchased by Vietnamese businessman Pham Dinh Nguyen (38). He
bid $900,000 for Buford, which consists of a gas station and
convenience store, a 1905 schoolhouse, a cabin, a garage and a
three-bedroom house on 10 acres between Cheyenne and Laramie. The
town was formed as the Transcontinental Railroad was built in the
1860s. It was sold by Don Sammons, the self-proclaimed "mayor" who
owned it for the past two decades and was its sole inhabitant.
2012 Apr 17, In Vietnam Nguyen
Quoc Quan (58) of California, a Vietnamese-American pro-democracy
activist, was detained after arriving at the airport in southern Ho
Chi Minh City. He was arrested and accused of terrorism for
allegedly trying to sabotage liberation celebrations commemorating
the end of the Vietnam War. Quan was released on Jan 30, 2013.
Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said that Quan had "confessed to his
crime" and asked for leniency to be reunited with his family.
(AP, 4/29/12)(AP, 1/30/13)
2012 Apr 23, Philippine coast
guard and fisheries bureau operatives arrested 12 Vietnamese
fishermen for poaching endangered marine turtles, black corals and
reef fishes in southern Philippines waters. Other foreign fishing
boats spotted in the same area managed to flee toward Malaysia.
2012 Apr 23, Vietnamese and US
Navy troops conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.44)
2012 Apr 24, Vietnamese riot
police fired warning shots and tear gas to break up a protest by
hundreds of angry farmers against a forced eviction on the outskirts
of the capital Hanoi. The area is to be developed by EcoPark, a
satellite city being built by a private company, Viet Hung Co. Ltd.,
which the farmers say was granted some 500 hectares of their land
without proper negotiations. Police and security guards beat two
state radio reporters who were watching them evict farmers from
their land to make way for a massive privately built housing
(AFP, 4/24/12)(AP, 5/8/12)
2012 May 16, In French Guiana
an Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched two Asian telecoms
satellites into orbit from the Kourou space center. It placed into
orbit two geostationary satellites, the JCSAT-13 for the Japanese
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and the VINASAT-2 of the Vietnam Posts
and Telecommunications Group.
2012 May 17, In central Vietnam
a crowded overnight bus plunged off a bridge into the Serepok River,
killing 34 people and injuring 21 others in one of the country's
deadliest road accidents.
2012 Jun 21, China said it
summoned Vietnam's ambassador and strongly protested a law adopted
by the Vietnamese parliament that places the disputed Spratly and
Paracel islands under Hanoi's sovereignty. China also announced it
had elevated the administrative status of the Nansha (Spratly) and
Xisha (Paracel) islands from a county to a prefectural-level
2012 Jun 29, The State Bank of
Vietnam said it would lower the refinancing rate, charged on loans
to commercial banks, to 10% from 11% effective July 1. This was its
fifth cut so far this year as inflation cooled amid signs of
weakening economic growth.
2012 Jul 8, In Vietnam Cuban
President Raul Castro met with state leaders following a visit to
China, as Havana looks to old communist allies while it attempts to
push through historic economic reforms.
2012 Jul 23, The WWF
conservation group ranked Vietnam the worst country for wildlife
crime in its first-ever report on how well 23 Asian and African
countries protect rhinos, tigers and elephants.
2012 Jul 24, China upgraded
Sansha to prefecture level. The area was created by bureaucrats in
2007 to oversee and administer one million square miles of the South
China Sea. A new mayor declared Sansha, population of just 1,000, to
be China's newest municipality. The city administration is on tiny
Yongxing island, 350 km (220 miles) southeast from China's tropical
Hainan Island. Vietnam and China both claim the Paracels, of which
Yongxing, little more than half the size of Manhattan's Central
Park, is part.
(SFC, 7/24/13, p.A14)(Econ, 4/19/14, SR p.15)(AP,
2012 Jul 30, In Vietnam Dang
Thi Kim Lieng, the mother of a prominent blogger, died after setting
herself on fire ahead of her daughter's trial for propaganda against
the Communist state. Ta Phong Tan (43), a Catholic former
policewoman, was arrested in September 2011 and has been held in
detention along with two other bloggers.
2012 Jul 30, In Vietnam
American Karin Joy Bowerman (27) died at a hospital in southern Nha
Trang province. Canadian Cathy Huynh (26) died there two days later
after developing similar symptoms and suffering a cardiac arrest.
Both had stayed at the same guesthouse on Nguyen Thien Thuat street
in Nha Trang.
2012 Aug 1, Vietnamís state
media said a soldier has been thrown out of the army after posting
graphic photographs on Facebook of the torture and killing of 2 rare
2012 Aug 5, Communist Vietnamís
first gay pride parade took place in the capital Hanoi with dozens
of cyclists displaying balloons and rainbow flags streaming through
the city's streets.
2012 Aug 9, The US for the
first time began a $43 million cleanup up dioxin from Agent Orange
that was stored at its former Danang military base, now part of
2012 Aug 10, In Vietnam a Hanoi
court convicted blogger Le Thanh Tung (44) of "propaganda against
the state" by over Internet articles for the banned Vietnam Freedom
and Democracy Movement.
2012 Aug 14, In Vietnam
hundreds of villagers stormed a local government office overnight,
smashing furniture and seriously injuring two officials in
connection with a land dispute.
2012 Aug 18, In Vietnam at
least 17 people were killed as Typhoon Kai-Tak, now downgraded to a
tropical depression, barreled across northern Vietnam bringing high
winds and floods to several areas including the capital Hanoi. The
typhoon had already left 2 dead in China and 4 dead in the
(AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 19, In Vietnam Le Quoc
Quan, who blogs on a range of sensitive topics including civil
rights, political pluralism and religious freedom, was struck with a
steel baton near his Hanoi home. He believed the police were behind
2012 Aug 20, In Vietnam Nguyen
Duc Kien (48), a shareholder in some of Vietnam's largest financial
institutions, was taken into custody after police raided his Hanoi
home and seized documents. He was arrested for illegal business
activities. Kien is a founder of Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), one of
the largest banks in Vietnam, which counts global banking giant
Standard Chartered as one of its "strategic partners." The banking
tycoon and football fanatic was arrested and charged with failing to
obtain proper licenses for three small investment firms that he
(AFP, 8/21/12)(Econ, 8/25/12, p.32)
2012 Sep 4, Vietnamese police
seized four tiger cubs and 118 endangered pangolins from suspected
2012 Sep 13, In Vietnam a
record numbers of people visited the dissident blog sites and the
bloggers pledged to keep up their struggle for freedom of
expression. Vietnam's government has vowed to crack down on three
2012 Sep 24, A Vietnamese court
issued jail sentences from 4 to 12 years to three bloggers who wrote
about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy.
(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 5, In Vietnam two
vessels collided in Halong Bay. 18 Taiwanese tourists were plunged
into the bay without life jackets and 5 drowned.
2012 Oct 2, Nguyen Chi Thien
(73), Vietnamese poet, died in Orange County, Ca. In 1979 he managed
to pass 400 of his poems to the British ambassador in Hanoi before
being arrested. They were later published as ďflowers of Hell" and
won for him the Intíl. Poetry Award in 1985.
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.114)
2012 Dec 2, In Vietnam a mortar
shell left from the Vietnam War has exploded in a southern village,
killing four children and seriously injuring five other people.
Government figures showed that unexploded ordnance killed more than
42,000 people since the war ended in 1975.
2012 Dec 4, Vietnam said it
would begin new patrols in the South China Sea after it accused a
Chinese fishing boat of cutting a seismic cable attached to one of
its vessels exploring for oil and gas. India also said it would
consider sending navy vessels to protect its interests in the area.
(SFC, 12/5/12, p.A3)
2012 Dec 10, South Africa said
its diplomats have signed an agreement with Vietnam to try and halt
the trade of horns taken from poached rhinoceros.
2012 Dec 27, Vietnamese police
detained Le Quoc Quan (41), a well-known dissident lawyer,
escalating a crackdown on those who speak out against the country's
one-party, authoritarian rule.
2012 In Vietnam 9 executives of
shipbuilder Vinashin were jailed for up to 20 years following the
companyís 2010 near collapse under $4.5 billion of debt.
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.37)
2013 Jan 9, A Vietnamese court
found 14 democracy activists guilty of subversion and sentenced them
to jail terms ranging from 3-13 years.
(SFC, 1/10/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 23, Vietnam announced
the arrest of Pham Thanh Tan,former head of the state-owned
Agribank, for irresponsibility causing serious consequences. This
was the 5th arrest of a senior Agribank executive in as many months.
The previous four faced charges of embezzlement and theft totalling
some $7 million.
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.64)
2013 Jan 24, Vietnamís Laborer
newspaper quoted Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang as
saying Vietnam will produce its own drug for executing prisoners.
Factories in the EU have stopped shipments because of objections
there to the death penalty.
2013 Mar 29, Vietnam unveiled
its new, 1,864-foot-long steel Dragon Bridge in Da Nang shaped like
a dragon that literally shoots fire from its mouth. It cost about
$85 million to construct and was built by the Louis Berger Group, a
New Jersey-based construction and architecture firm.
2013 Apr, China said it will
open the Paracel Islands to tourists. China had expelled Vietnam
from the islands in 1974. A representative from the Vietnamese
Foreign Ministryís National Boundary Commission gave a diplomatic
note to a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi demanding
that China cancel its plan to bring tourists to the Paracel
2013 May 9, It was reported
that 460 Vietnamese men, women and children have fled to Australian
shores so far this year.
2013 May 12, Global Witness
presented a report ďRubber Barons" on illegal logging and land
grabbing in Cambodia by local and foreign companies, including the
Vietnam Rubber Group.
2013 May 15, In Vietnam a law,
known as "Decision 20", came into effect. It requires that
translation and editing be performed by an agency licensed by the
government and that content is "appropriate to the people's healthy
needs and does not violate Vietnamese press law." It also states
that commercials running on foreign channels must be made in
2013 May 16, A Vietnamese
satellite TV company stopped airing international channels including
BBC and CNN, citing a law which came into effect a day earlier.
2013 May 23, In Vietnam Nick
Vujicic (32), an Australian evangelical preacher, spoke before some
25,000 at a soccer stadium in Hanoi. He was born with a rare
disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. His book
ďUnstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action" was published
in 2012. It was son translated into Vietnamese by Nguyen Bich Lan,
who shares Vujicicís situation of being born with the rare disorder
called tetra-amelia syndrome.
(SFC, 5/25/13, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/prp5yev)
2013 May 27, In Vietnam legal
scholar Cu Huy Ha Vu began a hunger strike to protest poor prison
conditions. He was arrested in 2011 after filing a lawsuit against
PM Nguyen Tan Dung for abuse of power.
(Econ, 6/22/13, p.46)
2013 May, In Vietnam Pham Trung
Dung, an Australian of Vietnamese origin, was arrested when customs
officials reportedly found the heroin in his luggage as he was
boarding a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia. On June 27,
2014, Dung was sentenced to death for possessing more than 4 kg (8.8
pounds) of heroin.
2013 Jun 13, Vietnam police
arrested Pham Viet Dao (61), one of the country's best known
bloggers, for posting criticism of the communist government.
2013 Jun 15, Vietnam police
arrested Dinh Nhat Uy (30), a blogger accused of posting "erroneous
and slanderous" information about the communist government. He is
the brother of Dinh Nguyen Kha, a student who was sentenced last
month to eight years in jail for spreading propaganda against the
state. So far this year, 46 bloggers or democracy activists have
been convicted and imprisoned, more than the number of people locked
up for violating national security laws in the whole of 2012.
2013 Jun 15, In Vietnam legal
scholar Cu Huy Ha Vu said he hasn't eaten since May 27 and that he
won't until the prison officially replies to his complaints. He was
among the many government critics who have been imprisoned as the
Communist government, beset by economic troubles and complaints
about corruption and inequality, cracks down on dissent.
2013 Jun 19, Vietnamís Pres.
Truong Tan Sang left Hanoi to pay his first state visit to China as
President. The two countries signed a new strategic partnership
during the visit.
2013 Jul 2, Vietnam became the
11th country from which all highly enriched uranium has been removed
in the last four years. The news was announced during a meeting in
Vienna on how to prevent potential bomb ingredients from falling
into the wrong hands. The first uranium shipment from Vietnam's
Dalat Nuclear Research Institute to Russia, where it originally came
from, took place six years ago and there was a second delivery this
month. The United States, the UN nuclear agency and Canada also
2013 Jul 25, President Barack
Obama and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang pledged to finish
talks on a regional free-trade agreement by the end of the year. The
two leaders clashed over human rights during their White House
2013 Jul 31, In Russia police
in Moscow detained 1,200 Vietnamese who were in the country
illegally during a pre-dawn raid on a complex of small workshops.
2013 Jul 27, In Vietnam Nguyen
Van Hai (61), better known as Dieu Cay, resumed eating after 35 days
after the Supreme People's Procuracy, the prosecutor's office,
agreed to look into his claim of abusive treatment. He had been
jailed for criticizing the country's rulers.
2013 Jul, Haitiís government
signed a deal with Vietnam to expand cooperation in energy,
textiles, food and electronics.
(Econ, 8/24/13, p.36)
2013 Sep 30, Tropical storm
Wutip lashed central Vietnam after sinking at least two Chinese
fishing boats near the Paracel Islands, leaving 75 fishermen
2013 Oct 1, Vietnam authorities
said Typhoon Wutip has left a trail of destruction with at least 5
people dead, dozens of fishermen missing in the South China Sea and
thousands of homes damaged.
2013 Oct 2, A Vietnam court
jailed Le Quoc Quan, a prominent human rights activist, for
two and a half years after finding him guilty on tax evasion charges
supporters say were aimed at muzzling critics of the Communist
2013 Oct 4, In Vietnam Vo
Nguyen Giap (102), a brilliant and ruthless self-taught general,
died in Hanoi. He drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from
colonial rule and later forced the Americans to abandon their
grueling effort to save the country from communism.
2013 Oct 12, In Vietnam a blast
at a fireworks factory killed at least 24 people. Police blamed
other explosives stored at the site for the accident which also left
many injured at the Z121 military facility north of Hanoi.
2013 Oct 13, Chinaís PM Li
Keqiang arrived in Vietnam for a 3-day visit.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.49)
2013 Oct 15, Typhoon Nari
knocked down trees and damaged hundreds of houses in central
Vietnam, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
2013 Nov 11, In Vietnam a
weakened Typhoon Haiyan landed in the northern province of Quang
Ninh. Some 14 people were killed, but all of them during the course
of storm preparations.
2013 Nov 16, Vietnamís state
media said flooding has killed at least 28 people over the last 24
hours, with 9 others missing and nearly 80,000 people displaced in
Quang Ngai province.
2013 Nov 19, Vietnam officials
said the death toll from flooding, due to heavy rains that began Nov
14, has risen to 41.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 28, Vietnam passed a
revised Constitution that reaffirmed the dominant political and
economic role of the Communist Party.
(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 16, In Vietnam Duong
Chi Dung (b.1957), former director of the Vietnam Maritime Bureau,
former Chairman of the Board Members Maritime Corporation Vietnam
(Vinalines), Standing Member of the Party of business, was sentenced
to death on charges of embezzlement and 28 years in prison for
intentionally violating state regulations on economic management
causing serious consequences.
2013 Nick Turse authored ďKill
Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam."
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.F5)
2013 In Vietnam the Son Doong
caves, discovered in 1991 and said to be the worldís largest, opened
to visitors in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bŗng National Park, Bố Trạch District,
Quảng Bžnh Province.
2014 Jan 10, The Philippines
and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign
fishermen to seek Beijing's approval to operate in much of the South
China Sea, but China's Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do
2014 Jan 20, Vietnam sentenced
30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country's largest ever
narcotics case, involving scores of male and female defendants and
nearly two tons of heroin.
2014 Jan 28, Togo police said
they have arrested 3 men after discovering nearly two tons of ivory
in a container marked for shipping to Vietnam.
2014 Feb 17, Cambodian police
arrested two Vietnamese men who were trying to smuggle almost 80 kg
(176 pounds) of illegal ivory from Angola.
2014 Mar 4, In Vietnam
dissident blogger Truong Duy Nhat (50) was sentenced to two years in
prison for posting online criticism of Vietnam's authoritarian
2014 Mar 19, In Vietnam a court
sentenced dissident Pham Viet Dao to 15 months in prison for posting
online criticism of the government.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 14, Vietnam said it
has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing
the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what
the government called a "policy of leniency." Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen
Tien Trung were released over the weekend with 1Ĺ years and nine
months remaining of their sentences respectively.
2014 Apr 18, In Vietnam a
Chinese man who was being repatriated from Vietnam along with 15
other migrants seized a gun from a border guard, triggering a
gunfight and standoff in which five Chinese and two Vietnamese
2014 May 1, China deployed a $1
billion deep sea rig near the Paracel Islands and the flotilla of
escort ships, some armed, in a gradual campaign of asserting its
sovereignty in the South China Sea. After China stationed the oil
rig, Vietnam immediately dispatched marine police and fishery
protection vessels but they were harassed as they approached.
2014 May 4, A Chinese vessel
intentionally rammed two Vietnamese Sea Guard vessels in a part of
the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a giant oil
rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region.
2014 May 5, Vietnam demanded
China stop oil drilling operations in a disputed patch of the South
China Sea, saying that Beijing's decision to deploy a deep sea rig
over the weekend was illegal.
2014 May 8, China accused
Vietnam of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South China
Sea, but called for talks to end a bitter row sparked by Beijing's
parking of a giant oil rig in contested waters.
2014 May 10, In Myanmar
Southeast Asian foreign ministers voiced "serious concerns" over
naval clashes between Vietnam and China as the ASEANís top official
urged Beijing to step up efforts to advance talks on maritime
2014 May 11, Myanmar hosted the
Southeast Asian summit (ASEAN) as Vietnam and the Philippines
pushed for stronger action to confront China's aggressive behavior
in the South China Sea.
2014 May 13, In Vietnam several
thousand workers protested at Chinese-owned factories, vandalizing
some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig
in waters claimed by Vietnam.
2014 May 14, In Vietnam a
1,000-strong mob stormed the Taiwanese owned Formosa steel mill in
Ha Tinh province and hunted down Chinese workers, killing one,
attacking scores more and then setting the complex alight in
response to Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in the long-disputed
South China Sea. State-owned China Metallurgical Group later
reported that 4 of its workers were killed. Some 600 Chinese crossed
into Cambodia over the land border in southern Vietnam.
(AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/20/14)(SFC, 5/21/14, p.A2)
2014 May 16, Filipinos and
Vietnamese residents in Manila staged a joint protest against
China's incursions into South China Sea territories claimed by their
2014 May 17, Vietnam's PM
Nguyen Tan Dun ordered an end to all "illegal protests" in the
country after a week of violent demonstrations against China's
deployment of an oil rig in a disputed section of the South China
2014 May 17, China's public
security chief urged Vietnam to take tough measures to stem
anti-China violence and punish rioters following deadly attacks
there earlier this week.
2014 May 18, Vietnam smothered
anti-China protests with a massive security clampdown after deadly
riots triggered by a territorial dispute with Beijing spooked
foreign investors and the country's leadership alike. Beijing said
it had evacuated 3,000 nationals from Vietnam and was sending the
first of five ships to pull out others wanting to leave.
2014 May 19, Hundreds of
Chinese workers left Vietnam on ships chartered by their government
after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over
sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.
2014 May 21, Vietnamese PM
Nguyen Tan Dung said Vietnam and the Philippines are determined to
oppose Chinese infringement of their territorial waters.
2014 May 23, In Vietnam a woman
(67) died after setting herself on fire in downtown Ho Chi Minh City
in protest against China's deployment of an oil rig in waters
claimed by Hanoi.
2014 May 26, Some 40 Chinese
fishing boats surrounded a Vietnamese fishing boat before one of
them rammed it and it sank not far from where China has parked an
oil rig in the disputed South China Sea. Vietnamese fishing boats
operating nearby rescued the 10 fishermen on board.
2014 Jun 9, China denounced
Vietnam and the Philippines for getting together on the
Vietnamese-held island of Southwest Cay, a disputed island in the
South China Sea, to play soccer and volleyball, calling it "a clumsy
farce" and demanded both countries stop causing trouble.
2014 Jun 19, China said it is
moving a second oil rig closer to Vietnam's coast, showing its
determination to press its territorial claims and continue searching
for resources in disputed waters despite a tense confrontation with
Vietnam over another oil rig to the south.
2014 Jun, In Vietnam Nguyen Duc
Kien, a banking tycoon was jailed for 30 years for tax evasion and
(Econ, 11/15/14, p.79)
2014 Jul 3, Chinese patrol
ships arrested six Vietnamese fishermen in waters off China's Hainan
Island. An official in the district where the fishermen came from,
said the arrests took place in disputed waters near the Gulf of
2014 Jul 3, In South Korea the
display manufacturing unit of Samsung Electronics Co. said it
secured approval from Vietnam to build a $1 billion factory in the
Southeast Asian country.
2014 Jul 7, A Vietnamese
military helicopter on a parachute training mission crashed 24 miles
west of to Hanoi, killing 16 people on board and critically injuring
five others. 2 of the injured soon died.
(AP, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/8/14)
2014 Jul 16, Vietnam said China
has moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi. Two months of
drilling had triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the
neighbors and led to deadly protests in Vietnam.
2014 Aug 1, Japan announced
that it will give Vietnam six naval gunboats to boost its patrol
(Econ, 8/16/14, p.33)
2014 Aug 3, In Vietnam some 300
activists led a colorful parade through Hanoi in the nation's
largest ever gay pride event, as the communist country shows signs
of increasing tolerance of sexual difference.
2014 Aug 3, In Vietnam two
women were arrested for allegedly trafficking a child at an
orphanage in a Hanoi pagoda famed for rescuing abandoned babies.
2014 Aug 7, Chinaís state media
said plans are in place to build lighthouses on five islands in the
South China Sea, in defiance of calls from the United States and the
Philippines for a freeze on such activity to ease tension over rival
claims. At least two of the islands appear to be in waters also
claimed by Vietnam.
2014 Aug 27, China and Vietnam
said they're committed to negotiating maritime disputes to avoid a
recurrence of tensions that spiked when China deployed an oil rig in
waters claimed by Hanoi.
2014 Sep 18, A Vietnamese court
sentenced four policemen to up to 17 years in prison for beating a
suspect to death, in an unusually harsh punishment for police
2014 Sep 29, China reported
that policeman Li Shunlin died last week after about 20 Vietnamese
citizens attacked him and other officers who had impounded a vessel
suspected of smuggling in southern China.
2014 Oct 2, A Vietnamese oil
tanker went missing after pirates stormed the ship and siphoned off
some of its cargo. It was released after a week. The deputy captain
of the Sunrise 689, Pham Van Hoang, said a group of more than 10
men, who he thought were Indonesian, armed with guns and knives in
two speedboats boarded the tanker shortly after it left Singapore
2014 Oct 2, US Sec of State
John Kerry told Vietnamís foreign minister that the US would
partially ease its ban on sales of weapons, in effect since 1984.
(Econ, 10/11/14, p.45)
2014 Oct 3, Vietnam welcomed a
decision by the US government to ease a 40-year ban on lethal arms
sales, saying it will benefit both nations.
(AP, 10/3/14)(AFP, 10/3/14)
2014 Oct 17, Chinaís Vice
President Li Yuanchao called on China and Vietnam to enhance
political trust and manage maritime disputes in a meeting with
Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh in Beijing.
2014 Oct 21, Nguyen Van Hai,
one of Vietnam's most prominent bloggers, arrived in the US after
being freed from prison in Vietnam. Hai, alias Dieu Cay, was
sentenced to 12 years in September 2012 by a court in southern
Vietnam on charges of anti-state propaganda.
2014 Oct 24, Vietnam banking
sources and state media said police have detained Ha Van Tham, one
of the country's biggest tycoons. The founder and chairman of
conglomerate Ocean Group was detained on suspicion of financial
2014 Oct 27, China and Vietnam
agreed to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a
solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying
they did not want it to affect relations.
2014 Nov 13, US Pres. Barack
Obama, in Myanmar for the East Asian summit, held his first formal
meeting with Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dong.
2014 Nov 14, Vietnam launched
an IPO for a 3.5% stake in Vietnam Airlines. No foreign invester
participated in the offer.
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.58)
2014 Dec 16, In Vietnam rescue
teams struggled to save 12 laborers trapped and running low on
oxygen after a tunnel collapsed earlier in the day during
construction of a hydropower plant in the Central Highlands province
of Lam Dong. All twelve were rescued on Dec 19.
(Reuters, 12/16/14)(Reuters, 12/17/14)(AP,
2014 Dec 20, State media
reported that China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and
aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to
improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty.
2014 Dec 26, In Vietnam senior
Chinese and Vietnamese officials agreed to settle their maritime
disputes without resorting to ďmegaphone diplomacy," during a
meeting in Hanoi.
2014 Dec 27, Vietnamese police
detained Nguyen Dinh Ngoc (48), the third blogger in a month in the
latest crackdown on dissent in the communist country.
2015 Jan 2, A Norwegian cargo
vessel, the "Bulk Jupiter," sank off Vietnam. Bergen-based Gearbulk
said only one of the 19 Filipino crew members was known to have
survived. The lone survivor was the chief cook on the ship, but he
refused to cooperate with rescuers.
2015 Jan 7, Vietnamese police
detained lawmaker Chau Thi Thu Nga (49) for alleged fraud involving
a housing project.
2015 Jan 28, In Vietnam a UH-1
"Huey" chopper crashed in farmland on soon after taking off from Ho
Chi Minh City on a training flight killing 4 crew members.
2015 Jan, Vietnamís PM Nguyen
Tan Dung's approved in principle a new casino at Phu Quoc, a resort
island in the Gulf of Thailand. The Finance Ministry proposed that
the new decree allow Vietnamese who are over 21 years of age,
financially secure and without any criminal record to play in
2015 Feb 4, A Vietnamese police
officer said authorities have buried thousands of cats, many
apparently still alive, that were seized last week after being
smuggled in a truck from China for restaurants. The truck driver to
whom the cargo belonged, was fined 7.5 million dong ($360).
2015 Mar 11, It was reported
that the United States has asked Vietnam to stop letting Russia use
a former US base to refuel nuclear-capable bombers engaged in shows
of strength over the Asia-Pacific region, exposing strains in
Washington's steadily warming relations with Hanoi.
2015 Mar 19, In Vietnam Hanoi
leader Nguyen The Thao put the cutting of old trees to a stop a few
days after some 20,000 people gathered to object to the uprooting of
some 500 old trees as part of a plan to replace some 6,700 mature
(Econ., 4/18/15, p.34)
2015 Mar 25, In Vietnam least
14 people were killed and 30 injured late today when a huge
scaffolding collapsed at an industrial complex owned by Taiwanís
Formosa Plastics group in the Vung Ang economic zone of Vietnamís Ha
Tinh province. In December a court sentenced two South Koreans and
two Vietnamese to prison for committing safety violations in the
collapse that killed 13 people and injured 29 others.
(Reuters, 3/26/15)(AP, 12/21/15)
2015 Apr 1, In Vietnam
thousands of workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for
a sixth day over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to
government policy. The strike at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen
factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City began March 26.
2015 Apr 2, In Vietnam workers
at a major footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong
strike after the government agreed to their demands on retirement
2015 May 8, Newly released
images showed Vietnam has carried out significant land reclamation
at two sites in the disputed South China Sea, though the scale and
pace is dwarfed by that of China.
2015 May 20, The Chinese navy
warned a US surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that
Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the
area eight times. The mission over Fiery Cross Reef showed sand
being sucked from the bottom of the sea and sprayed onto the
island-in-the-making by Chinese dredgers. The Philippines and
Vietnam both say they own Fiery Cross Reef.
(Reuters, 5/21/15)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.37)
2015 May 31, US Defense
Secretary Ash Carter pledged $18 million to help Vietnam buy US
patrol boats, shortly after touring a Vietnamese coast guard vessel
that was hit by a Chinese ship during a skirmish in the South China
2015 Jun 11, The Malaysian
tanker MT Orkim Harmony, loaded with 7.5 million liters (2 million
gallons) of gasoline belonging to national oil company Petronas, was
believed hijacked as it headed to northern Kuantan near Singapore.
The crew consisted of 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Myanmar
national. 8 pirates, believed to be Indonesians, abandoned the MT
Orkim Harmony late June 18 after being pursued by a Malaysian navy
ship. The Vietnamese coastguard picked up the alleged hijackers on
(AP, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/19/15)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.34)
2015 Jun 12, The tiny Pacific
nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing in its
waters, set fire to four boats belonging to Vietnamese caught
poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in its waters.
2015 Jun 26, Thailand's
military government forced a human rights group to cancel the public
launch of its report on the Vietnamese government's persecution of
an ethnic minority, saying it could affect national security and
bilateral relations. The report by the New York-based Human Rights
Watch describes persecution of Montagnard Christians in Vietnam's
2015 Jun 27, Le Quoc Quan, one
of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, vowed to continue his
anti-China activism after being released from prison after serving
two and a half years on tax evasion charges.
2015 Jul 7, In Washington, DC,
Pres. Obama met with Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnamís
Communist Party. Obama said that despite differences over political
philosophy the two countries are deepening cooperation on health,
climate and other issues.
(SFC, 7/8/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 4, The EU and Vietnam
announced a free trade deal removing nearly all tariffs, with
Brussels calling it a "milestone" on the way to a region-wide
agreement with Southeast Asia.
2015 Aug 19, Vietnam allowed
its currency to weaken by at least 1% following the devaluation of
the Chinese yuan and the expectation of a possible US interest rate
2015 Aug 24, Chinese border
patrol officials seized 620 wild turtles and tortoises, 510 of them
considered endangered, that were found alive in a shipment of frozen
seafood from Vietnam.
2015 Sep 15, Vietnam agreed
with Japan to step up security cooperation, becoming the latest
Southeast Asian country to seek closer ties with Tokyo as China
maintains an assertive posture in disputed waters in the South China
2015 Sep 29, Vo Phien (b.1925),
Vietnamese writer born as Doan The Noan, died in Santa Ana, Ca. He
left Vietnam as Saigon fell in 1975 and then struggled to preserve
the literature that he sensed was about to be erased. In 1999 he
published ďVan Hoc Mien Nam, Tong Quan," a collection of Vietnamese
literature from 1954-1975.
(SSFC, 10/4/15, p.C9)
2015 Sep 29, Vietnamese fishing
boat captain Dang Dung and the nine crew members were sleeping after
a night of fishing near the Paracels islands when a Chinese vessel
slammed the side of their boat and five Chinese men jumped aboard.
The men carried knives and took away his boat's navigation devices,
fishing equipment and their catch. His boat sank about 12 hours
later, and the crew then spent four hours floating with life vests
before being rescued by another Vietnamese fishing boat. It was not
clear if the Chinese vessel belonged to the government.
2015 Sep 30, Vietnamese
journalist Ha Huy Hoang was found guilty of spying for China and
sentenced to a six-year jail term by a Hanoi court after a
2015 Oct 5, Twelve Pacific rim
countries sealed the deal on creating the world's largest free trade
area (TPP), delivering President Barack Obama a major policy
triumph. The Trans-Pacific Partnership included Australia, Brunei,
Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,
Singapore, the US and Vietnam.
2015 Oct 16, A court in central
Vietnam sentenced seven people to up to life in prison for
defrauding families of Vietnam War soldiers by moving unidentified
war dead into fake graves and claiming to have found their kin.
2015 Oct 27, In Vietnam a court
in Hanoi sentenced six executives of a state-owned railway
corporation to up to 12 years in prison after convicting them of
corruption involving a Japan-funded railway project.
2015 Nov 5, In Hanoi Chinese
President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu
Trong agreed to limit their differences and maintain peace and
stability, as the two Communist neighbors attempt to repair ties
strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
2015 Nov 6, Chinese state
television reported that China and Vietnam have agreed to maintain
peace and stability in the South China Sea and not take any acts
that "complicate" the issue.
2015 Nov 10, At the Dubai
Airshow Airbus and Vietnamese air carrier Vietjet announced a deal
for 30 new aircraft easily worth over $3 billion at list prices.
2015 Nov 17, The Philippines
and Vietnam signed an agreement to elevate their relationship to a
strategic partnership as leaders from 21 countries and
self-governing territories gathered in Manila for the Asia Pacific
Economic Cooperation summit.
2015 Nov 22, In Malaysia ASEAN
nations (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) established a formal
community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and
capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic
output of $2.6 trillion.
2015 Nov 24, Vietnamís National
Assembly passed a law recognizing the rights of transgenders
effective in 2017 as part of a revised civil code.
(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A7)
2015 Nov 27, Vietnamís National
Assembly passed a revised Penal Code. Death sentences imposed on
corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison
if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made.
2015 Dec 2, The EU and Vietnam
signed a free trade deal that removes nearly all tariffs between
Europe and one of the world's last communist states.
2016 Jan 2, Vietnam formally
accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent
confidence-building pact by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing
has built in a contested part of the South China Sea. Late last year
China completed an airfield on Fiery Cross Reef that security
experts say could accommodate most Chinese military aircraft.
2016 Jan 13, A Vietnamese court
sentenced Vadim Scott Benderman (45), a Canadian man, to four years
in jail after finding him guilty of sexually abusing four homeless
teenage boys. Benderman was arrested last June after being caught
abusing a boy at his rented house.
2016 Jan 19, Vietnam said China
has moved an oil rig into disputed waters in the South China Sea, in
a possible repeat of a 2014 stand-off between the communist
2016 Jan 21, Vietnam's ruling
Communist Party began an eight-day congress that starts an
orchestrated transfer of power to new leaders who will face myriad
challenges including economic reforms, corruption and maritime
aggression from China.
2016 Jan 27, Vietnam's
Communist Party re-elected Nguyen Phu Trong to its top post, an
expected outcome that bolsters consensus rule but creates some
uncertainty about the momentum of economic reform.
2016 Feb 19, Vietnam protested
to China at a "serious violation" of its sovereignty over Beijing's
apparent deployment of an advanced missile system on a disputed
South China Sea island, while Australia and New Zealand urged
2016 Feb 26, In central Vietnam
3 British tourists died while climbing waterfalls, and their guide
was being questioned by police.
2016 Mar 14, Iran's Pres.
Hassan Rouhani welcomed Vietnamese Pres. Truong Tan Sang, saying
Tehran hopes to boost trade with the Southeast Asian nation to $2
billion from the current $350 million within five years.
2016 Mar 15, China's Foreign
Ministry said water will be released from Jinghong dam in the
southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts
of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam.
2016 Mar 17, Vietnamese
officials said the country is experiencing its worst drought and
saline intrusion in recent history. The worldís third-largest
exporter of grain feared the loss of up to 1 million tons of rice.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 23, In Vietnam a court
in Hanoi sentenced prominent blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh, aka Anh Ba
Sam, to five years in prison for posting anti-state writings, in a
one-day trial that highlighted the Communist country's tough
approach to dissent.
(AP, 3/23/16)(SFC, 3/24/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 31, Vietnam's
parliament elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (61) as its chairwoman,
making her the first woman to lead the Communist-dominated
2016 Apr 2, Vietnamís national
Assembly elected police general Tran Dai Quang (59) as the countryís
(SSFC, 4/3/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 7, Vietnam demanded
China move a controversial oil rig on and abandon plans to start
drilling in waters where jurisdiction is unclear, the latest sign of
festering unease among the two communist neighbors.
2016 Apr 7, Vietnamís
rubber-stamp parliament elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc (61) as prime
(SFC, 4/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 15, In Vietnam 9
sixth-grade boys from the same class drowned after going for a swim
in Tra Khuc river in central province of Quang Ngai.
2016 Apr 21, Vietnam said it
was investigating whether pollution is to blame for a spate of
mysterious mass fish deaths along the country's central coast after
huge amounts of marine life washed ashore in recent days.
2016 May 20, Vietnam granted
early release from prison to Rev. Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest
who is one of its most prominent dissidents. The move was widely
seen as a goodwill gesture before Pres. Barack Obama arrives on an
official visit on May 22.
2016 May 22, Vietnam voted in
once-every-five-year-elections for a rubber-stamp 500-seat
parliament whose membership has already been largely determined by
the Communist Party. Results of the parliamentary election on June 9
showed its members winning 96 percent of seats, and trouncing most
of the independent candidates it had approved to run.
(AP, 5/22/16)(Reuters, 6/9/16)
2016 May 22, US President
Barack Obama arrived on his first visit to Vietnam, a trip aimed at
sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to
help counter Chinaís growing assertiveness in the region.
2016 May 23, Pres. Obama
announced an end to its embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam
as he made his first visit to Hanoi. The historic step draws a line
under the two countries' old enmity and underscores their shared
concerns about Beijing's growing military clout.
(AP, 5/23/16)(Reuters, 5/23/16)
2016 May 23, Boeing Co. said it
is selling 100 aircraft worth about $11.3 billion at list prices to
Vietnam's VietJet as the airline seeks to expand its international
and domestic flights.
2016 May 24, In Vietnam
President Barack Obama pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for
its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the
communist country's economy, stability and regional power.
2016 May, In Vietnam a woman,
identified only as L. T. N., checked into a Hanoi hospital with one
third of her left foot and one third of her left hand severed, but
doctors told her they could not reattach the limbs. State-run media
later reported that she had paid a friend to cut off her hand and
foot in a bid to claim a handsome insurance payout.
2016 Jun 5, Police in Vietnam
forcibly removed people protesting in the capital Hanoi against a
perceived delay in government response to a mass fish death, just
days after US President Barack Obama chided the country on its human
2016 Jun 14, A Russian-made
Vietnamese fighter jet was missing after disappearing off the radar
during a training flight along the central part of the country's
South China Sea coastline.
2016 Jun 16, A Vietnamese
search plane carrying nine people went missing while attempting to
locate a pilot from a crashed fighter jet.
2016 Jun 17, Activists in
Taiwan called on the island's largest industrial group, Formosa
Plastics, to investigate recent mass fish deaths in Vietnam, near
where the company has a steel plant.
2016 Jun 23, American writer
Michael Herr (76) died. His work included the classic
non-fiction novel ďDispatches," which documented the ravages of the
(SSFC, 6/26/16, p.C10)
2016 Jun 30, Vietnam's
government announced that Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp., a
Taiwanese-owned steel plant, was responsible for massive fish deaths
along the central Vietnamese coast and said it has pledged to pay
$500 million in compensation.
2016 Jul 14, Vietnam protested
Chinaís recent activities in the disputed South China Sea.
(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 17, Dozens of
Vietnamese who gathered for an anti-China protest in central Hanoi
were taken away by authorities as they tried to rally support for an
international tribunal's ruling rejecting Beijing's claims in the
South China Sea.
2016 Jul 29, In Vietnam screens
displaying flight information at two major airports were hacked to
contain distorted information about the South China Sea and insult
Vietnam and the Philippines.
2016 Aug 10, It was reported
that Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the
disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of
striking China's runways and military installations across the vital
2016 Aug 18, In northern
Vietnam Pham Duy Cuong, head of the Communist Party organization in
Yen Bai province and Ngo Ngoc Tuan, chief of the provincial
legislature, were shot in their offices by fellow officials Do Cuong
Minh, who then shot himself dead.
2016 Sep 12, A Vietnamese court
approved a Malaysian request for the extradition of eight
Indonesians suspected of hijacking a Malaysian oil tanker more than
a year ago, and rejected a similar request from Indonesia. The eight
were arrested in June last year when they arrived on Tho Chu island
off Vietnam's southern coast and admitted that they had hijacked the
oil tanker MT Orkim Harmony.
2016 Sep 21, A court in Vietnam
sentenced to death, a notorious drugs kingpin and eight associates,
delivering the maximum punishment in a single verdict over the
trafficking of more than half a ton of heroin. Trang A Tang (33) led
a network that trafficked drugs from the infamous Golden Triangle
area of northwestern Laos, northeastern Myanmar and northern
Thailand, and distributed them in Vietnam.
2016 Sep 26, Hundreds of
Vietnamese fishermen traveled to a small provincial court to sue one
of the country's biggest investors for compensation over an accident
last April at its $10.6-billion steel plant. Formosa Ha Tinh Steel,
a subsidiary of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics, has promised $500 million
in compensation and admitted its steel plant caused massive fish
deaths along a 200-km (120-mile) stretch of coastline.
2016 Sep 30, Trinh Thi Ngo
(b.1931), aka ďHanoi Hannah," broadcaster for the Voice of Vietnam,
died in Ho Chi Minh City.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoi_Hannah)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.90)
2016 Oct 2, In Vietnam
thousands of protesters surrounded a Taiwanese steel plant, some
scaling walls and holding signs demanding its closure, as anger
flares against the firm for dumping toxic waste into the ocean
killing tons of fish last April.
2016 Oct 7, It was reported
that Vietnam has declared a United States-based activist group a
terrorist organization and warned that any Vietnamese found to be
involved with the group would be regarded as co-conspirators and
punished. The government said the California-based Viet Tan, or
Vietnam Reform Party, had recruited and trained operatives to use
weapons and explosives.
2016 Oct 10, In Vietnam blogger
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (37), known as "Me Nam" (Mother Mushroom), was
held in her home city of Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh
Hoa for running "propaganda" against the state. Her reports included
one about civilians dying in police custody.
2016 Oct 17, Vietnam officials
said that floods in four central provinces have killed 24 people and
displaced thousands, with tropical storm Sarika in the South China
Sea approaching the central coast
(SFC, 10/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 19, The Vietnamese
cargo ship MV Thaison 4 and the Indonesian sailboat KM Mulya Sejati,
which was carrying 27 people, collided before dawn off Tuban
district. At least three people were left dead and 12 others
2016 Nov 22, Vietnam's National
Assembly voted to abandon plans to build two multi-billion-dollar
nuclear power plants with Russia and Japan, after officials cited
lower demand forecasts, rising costs and safety concerns.
2016 Nov, Vietnamís government
hosted a big pow-wow on wildlife conservation and obliterated tons
of confiscated ivory in a fireball.
(Econ, 2/18/17, p.36)
2016 Dec 4, Vietnamís
government said floods brought by torrential rain since late
November have killed at least 13 people while more heavy rain is
expected in coming days.
2016 Dec 5, Vietnam punished
two editors of a major newspaper which had earlier been fined for
publishing what authorities said were false reports on toxic fish
sauce. A total of 50 news organizations were fined in November for
running reports about high arsenic levels found in fish sauce,
causing widespread panic.
2016 Dec 16, A court in
northern Vietnam sentenced a former army officer and another
activist to more than 10 years in prison each for attempting to
overthrow the communist government. Tran Anh Kim (67) and Le Thanh
Tung were convicted of attempted subversion at a one-day trial
2016 Dec 28, The British Home
Office said immigration officers have raided nearly 300 nail salons
and arrested 97 people, mostly from Vietnam, for suspected
immigration offences as part of a drive to tackle modern slavery.
2016 Christopher Goscha
authored ďVietnam: A New History."
(Econ, 7/23/16, p.67)
2016 Amnesty Intíl. documented
1,032 executions in Vietnam this year, but believed that the true
number is much higher.
(Econ, 4/15/17, p.34)
2016 The population of Vietnam
was about 93 million.
(Econ, 1/30/16, p.32)
2017 Jan 3, Taiwan strongly
objected to the deportation from Vietnam to China of four Taiwanese
nationals suspected of telecommunications fraud, saying the move was
carried out under pressure from Beijing.
2017 Jan 16, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe promised Vietnam six new patrol boats during a visit to the
Southeast Asian country, which is locked in a dispute with China
over the busy South China Sea.
2017 Feb 14, Police in Vietnam
stopped hundreds of protesters from marching to present compensation
claims against a steel plant over a toxic spill last year.
2017 Apr 17, In Vietnam
villagers in Hanoi held more than 30 people, most of them policemen,
over a land dispute. The standoff began over the weekend in My Duc,
a district of Hanoi, when police clashed with villagers who allege
their land was illegally seized for sale by a military-run
2017 Apr 22, In Vietnam Hanoi
Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung met with representatives from a village on
the outskirts of the city and secured the release of 19 policemen
and officials who had been held hostage by villagers over a land
2017 May 7, In central Vietnam
a truck collided with a passenger bus, killing 12 people and
injuring 33 in Gia Lai province.
2017 May 8, The British-based
Environmental Investigation Agency accused the Vietnamese government
and military officials of taking payoffs to ignore vast smuggling of
lucrative lumber from neighboring Cambodia.
2017 May 15, Police in Vietnam
arrested prominent dissident Hoang Duc Binh (34),
whom they accused of having abused democracy rights to infringe
2017 May 15, Cyber security
company FireEye said hackers either working for the Vietnamese
government or on their behalf have broken into the computers of
multinationals operating in the country as part of an increasingly
sophisticated cyber espionage campaign. FireEye said the attacks
were unrelated to the WannaCry ransomware worm.
2017 May 21, Japan and other
members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed to pursue their
trade deal without the United States. On the sidelines of the
Asia-Pacific meeting in Hanoi the 11 remaining countries of the TPP
agreed to explore how they could move ahead without erstwhile leader
the United States.
2017 May 25, Cybersecurity
company FireEye said hackers linked with Vietnam's government are
likely targeting Philippine state agencies to gather intelligence
related to the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
2017 May 29, In Vietnam the
Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group's steel plant restarted after
its operations were halted for causing one of the country's worst
2017 May 31, Pres. Donald Trump
welcomed Vietnamís PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the White House for talks
focusing on the American trade deficit.
(SFC, 6/1/17, p.A6)
2017 Jun 6, Japan and Vietnam
agreed to bolster their security ties through Japanese-funded
projects including the upgrading of Vietnamese coastal patrol
capabilities, defense equipment and technology transfer amid
concerns about China's increasingly assertive activity in regional
2017 Jun 23, In Vietnam Pham
Minh Hoang, a member of the California-based Vietnam Reform Party
(Viet Tan), was forcibly taken from his home in southern Ho Chi Minh
City and placed on a flight to Paris the next day. Hoang was
stripped of Vietnamese citizenship last month.
2017 Jun 29, Prominent
Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was sentenced to 10 years
in prison after being found guilty of distorting government policies
and defaming the Communist regime in Facebook posts and in her
interviews with foreign media.
2017 Jul 4, In Vietnam
officials in the traffic-choked capital of Hanoi vowed to banish
motorbikes by 2030 to ease environment and congestion woes, a
decision that swiftly divided a city where two-wheelers are the main
means of transportation.
2017 Jul 7, In Vietnam the
mother of Tran Hoang Phuc (23) said she was informed last week that
her son was arrested in Hanoi for storing material and using the
internet to spread propaganda videos against the government.
2017 Jul 14, Malaysian
authorities arrested a Vietnamese man and seized a stash of elephant
ivory worth almost $70,000.
2017 Jul 19, Vietnam planned to
rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country,
in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures'
2017 Jul 23, In Germany former
Vietnamese oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh was taken from the
Tiergarten, a large forested park in central Berlin, by armed men.
2017 Jul 25, A Vietnamese court
sentenced activist Tran Thi Nga (40) to nine years in prison on
charges of producing videos that defamed the country's leadership.
Nga campaigned against environmental pollution, police brutality and
illegal land confiscation, and called for a tougher stance toward
China's assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea. The
court also imposed five years of house arrest following her prison
2017 Jul 27, In Vietnam
Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman spoke at a joint briefing
with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh at a joint commission
meeting on economic and technological cooperation. Minh said the two
countries have agreed to expand cooperation on defense and security
to include counterterrorism, fighting pirates and transnational
2017 Jul 29, In Vietnam a fire
broke out at a small cake factory in Hanoi, killing eight workers
and seriously injuring two others.
2017 Jul 31, A former
Vietnamese oil executive surrendered to police after a year on the
run amid a crackdown on corruption by the country's communist
authorities.Trinh Xuan Thanh (51) disappeared in July last year
after he was accused of mismanagement at a subsidiary of national
oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, resulting in losses of some $150
2017 Jul, Drilling by the
Deepsea Metro I ship was suspended in Vietnam's Block 136/3 after
pressure from China, which said the concession operated by Spain's
Repsol overlaps the vast majority of the waterway that it claims as
its own. Co-owners of the block included Vietnam's state oil firm
and Mubadala Development Co of the UAE.
2017 Aug 2, Germany accused
Vietnam of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive who was
seeking asylum in Berlin and taking him home to face accusations of
corruption. Trinh Xuan Thanh was accused of causing around $150
million in losses at a Vietnamese state firm.
2017 Aug 3, A Vietnamese
official said flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed
seven people and left 27 others missing in northern Vietnam.
Rescuers over the next few days recovered 16 more bodies, bringing
the death toll from floods in four northern provinces to 23.
(AP, 8/3/17)(AP, 8/6/17)
2017 Aug 18, Vietnamís Ministry
of Health said 10,000 new infections of dengue fever have been
reported over the past week. 24 deaths have been recorded in the
latest outbreak that has infected over 90 thousand people.
(SFC, 8/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 18, In Vietnam six
people, including four children in a family, were killed when a
Vietnam War-era mortar shell they were sawing for scrap metal
2017 Sep 1, In Vietnam Ninh Van
Quynh (59), the deputy head of the countryís largest oil firm,
state-run PetroVietnam, was arrested as part of a massive fraud case
involving dozens of bankers and businessmen, according to the
2017 Sep 2, Vietnamís
government said it has found faults with the central State Bank of
Vietnam, including poor supervision of credit organizations and
inefficiency in preventing corruption.
2017 Sep 5, Vietnam issued a
strong condemnation of Chinese military live-fire exercises in the
disputed South China Sea, amid rising tension between the two