Ha Hoang Hop

Dr Ha Hoang Hop is a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Vietnam Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Articles by Ha Hoang Hop (5)

Vietnam’s State Reshuffles: Subtle Appointments

Ha Hoang Hop|Lye Liang Fook

The 11th plenary session of Vietnam’s 14th National Assembly has largely re-affirmed the outcomes of the 13th Party Congress. There are, however, subtle appointments that are worthy of note.

Vietnam’s Leadership Reshuffles: Breaking from Established Conventions

Ha Hoang Hop|Lye Liang Fook

Vietnam’s 13th National Congress may turn out to be the most memorable in terms of the number of established conventions that are overturned.

Communist Party of Vietnam Leadership Appointments – The Geography Factor

Ha Hoang Hop|Lye Liang Fook

The Communist Party of Vietnam’s upcoming 13th National Congress will see appointments to the country’s highest political offices. To date, the general secretary and prime minister are selected from two different regions. This a top-down practice that nurtures political groups whose members are connected by their geographical origins. There are indications that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Tran Quoc Vuong, current standing member of the CPV’s Secretariat, are candidates for the position of general secretary. The former is from the Centre (a break from tradition), while the latter is a Northerner.

Nguyen Phu Trong’s Rare Appearances: Holding Up?

Ha Hoang Hop|Lye Liang Fook

Speculation about the health of Vietnam’s top leader Nguyen Phu Trong has been rife. The question is whether he will hold up till the upcoming Party Congress in January 2021.

Stand-off at Vanguard Bank: A Test of Vietnam – China Relations

Ha Hoang Hop|Lye Liang Fook

China's increasingly aggressive and threatening actions off Vietnam's coast has been testing the bilateral relationship between the two countries. While both Beijing and Hanoi have expressed their desire to maintain good relations, the situation is only one accidental collision away from escalation.