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June 24, 2024 11:21 PM

US upgrades Vietnam in human trafficking report despite concerns

The U.S. State Department on Monday boosted Vietnam's ranking on a human trafficking report, even as it cited concerns that the Southeast Asian country had failed to launch investigations into government officials complicit in trafficking crimes. A rights group last week accused Hanoi of giving misleading information and attempting to cover up trafficking cases involving officials in its communication with U.S. officials over the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. Washington removed V...

June 18, 2024 9:08 PM

Treated as a pariah by the West, Putin set for warm welcome in Vietnam

Russian President Vladimir Putin is widely portrayed as a pariah in the West, but he looks set to receive a warm welcome when he visits Communist-ruled Vietnam this week. Vietnam is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has issued an arrest warrant for Putin over alleged war crimes in Ukraine, and ties between Hanoi and Moscow have been strong for decades. Like Moscow, Hanoi also keeps a close eye on what is reported by national media, and Western advocacy groups say me...

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