FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — YOU read the news feeds coming out of Vietnam, then along with the (often woeful) financial reports, South China Sea soap opera and stories of strengthening ties with Uzbekistan, you get some items that are rather more PR-oriented. One I read recently extolled Vietnam’s virtues as a fast-emerging destination for high-end MICE travellers. (MICE is the unfortunate acronym for “meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions”—basically a catch-all for business fun.) Helen Clark reports in The Economist.
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Earlier this year, Global Witness scored international headlines with a telling report on illegal land grabbing in Cambodia and Laos by Vietnamese companies and the extraordinary damage these companies had inflicted on the […]
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Vietnam has made the top 10 list of countries that jail reporters for simply doing their job. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Vietnam came in at fifth spot and along […]
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — It passed with barely a word. A two-day meet in Bali this week was supposed to improve relations between China and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations […]