Vietnam nominates Communist Party chief to become president
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's ruling Communist Party has nominated its general secretary for the additional post of president, succeeding President Tran Dai Quang, who died last month, and ending a decades-long policy of separating top leadership positions.
The government said in a statement that members of the Party Central Committee unanimously agreed to nominate "comrade Nguyen Phu Trong" for the position.
People line streets of Vietnam’s capital to mourn president
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of people lined the streets of Hanoi on Thursday to pay their last respects to Vietnam's late President Tran Dai Quang.
Many were using smart phones to catch glimpses of his flag-draped coffin as it passed by on a truck-drawn artillery carriage.
Quang died last week at age 61 with what a government doctor said was a rare viral illness.
Mourners pay tribute at funeral of Vietnam’s late president
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's late President Tran Dai Quang was mourned as a great loss and praised for his contributions to his country at his funeral Wednesday.
Long lines of family members, officials including General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, police and soldiers streamed through the National Funeral House in downtown Hanoi. Some wept as they passed his flag-draped coffin.
Vietnam to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam will hold a state funeral and national mourning this week for President Tran Dai Quang, who died last week of a viral illness at age 61.
Flags will fly at half-staff and entertainment activities will be canceled during the two-day funeral that starts Wednesday, the Communist Party and government announced.
Quang will be buried in his home village in northern Ninh Binh province, some 115 kilometers (72 miles) south of Hanoi on Thursday.
Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang dies of illness at 61
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party's leader, died Friday after a serious illness, the government said. He was 61.
Quang passed away despite "utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese and foreign professors and doctors and care by the party and state leaders," the statement said. It said Quang died at a military hospital in Hanoi but did not elaborate on his illness.
TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Vietnam agreed Thursday to bolster cooperation in maritime safety and defense, and expressed shared concerns over China's growing activity in the South China Sea.
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed during talks in Tokyo to strengthen defense cooperation in areas including military training, equipment and technology.
Quang is in Japan on a state visit marking the 45th anniversary of the countries' diplomatic ties.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police have ordered the arrest of several former officials and police officers with alleged ties to a real estate developer who was arrested after being deported from Singapore.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam and South Korean aim to substantially increase their bilateral trade during President Moon Jae-in's three-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.
South Korea has become Vietnam's largest foreign investor and second-biggest trading partner since diplomatic relations were established in 1992. Bilateral trade stood at $61.5 billion last year.
Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.
Chinese President Xi makes state visit to Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam gave Chinese President Xi Jinping the red carpet treatment Sunday at the start of a state visit, as the two communist neighbors try to broaden their economic ties and work on resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Xi and Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, reviewed an honor guard and headed for talks behind closed doors. It was Xi's first overseas trip since consolidating his power at a party congress last month.
The Latest: Vietnam wants peaceful end to sea disputes
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Asia (all times local):
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang says his country wants to settle disputes in the South China Sea through peaceful negotiations.
Quang made the comments Sunday during a joint appearance with President Donald Trump, who is on a brief state visit to Vietnam. Trump had offered during an earlier meeting Sunday with Quang to serve as a mediator on the South China Sea territorial disputes.
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Japan’s Emperor Akihito on first-ever visit to Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a visit to promote goodwill and soothe some of the wounds of World War II by meeting with the abandoned wives of former Japanese soldiers.
The 83-year-old Akihito, the first-ever Japanese emperor to visit Vietnam, will be given a red carpet welcome by Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on Wednesday.
Vietnam grants amnesty to more than 4,000 prisoners
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has granted amnesty to more than 4,000 prisoners, including one sentenced to five years in jail for a national security-related crime.
Giang Son, deputy chairman of the President's Office, told reporters at a joint press conference Wednesday that 4,384 inmates were granted amnesty under two directives signed by President Tran Dai Quang.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Tran Dai Quang was sworn in as Vietnam's president for the second time in four months after being re-elected Monday by the country's rubber-stamp National Assembly.
Quang, who was first elected president in early April by the outgoing assembly, won 485 votes from the 494 deputies of the Communist Party-dominated assembly, the government said on its website.
Vietnam's top leaders include the Communist Party chief, the president and the prime...
Vietnam legislature convenes to elect leaders
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party-dominated National Assembly on Wednesday opened its first session following May elections to elect the country's top leaders.
The 494 deputies are widely expected to reappoint President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. They were elected to their positions by the outgoing assembly in April.
Only 20 of the deputies are not members of the ruling Communist...