Communist Party document that was leaked alerts Vietnam to “hostile forces”

Vietnam is undoubtedly enjoying its moment in the sun, if nations can be considered to come and go with fashion. Vietnam used to be better recognized for its ability to remain quietly in the strategic shadows, with its leaders mostly unknown to the outside world, but these days, it is being courted by everyone. Both Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden paid visits in the previous year. A “comprehensive strategic partnership” was the highest status that the US could give its relationship with Vietnam.Vietnam has consented to 18 free trade agreements, both current and future. On a variety of topics, including pandemic preparedness, supply chain resilience, and climate change, its cooperation is requested.

 

It is seen as the finest alternative to China for outsourcing manufacturing and as a crucial regional player in the developing US-China competition as well as in the South China Sea, where it challenges China’s claim to certain island groups. The Communist Party’s tight hold on power and control over all kinds of political expression has not altered. There are currently just five communist one-party nations in the world, including Vietnam. Political opposition is not allowed. Prison sentences for dissidents are common, and in recent years, the repression has been even worse. At the leadership of the party, decisions are made in secret.

 

But now, a rare glimpse into the opinions of the party’s most senior leaders regarding all these foreign alliances has been provided by a leaked internal paper from the Politburo of the Central Committee, Vietnam’s highest decision-making body. A human rights organization with a focus on Vietnam, Project88, was able to get the paper, also known as Directive 24. Several party publications have made references to it, indicating that it is real. Dreadful warnings about the threat to national security presented by “hostile and reactionary forces” brought to Vietnam through its expanding international links are contained in this document, which was released by the Politburo last July.

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