Vietnam Leaders Likely to Boost Military, US Ties

Endorsing a second 5-year term this week for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party is promoting the country’s ambitious plans for economic growth, its aspirations for stronger national defense and its growing ties with the US — which views Dung as pragmatic and market oriented.  

Key appointments also include new party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, a new President Truong Tan Sang and more military representatives on the powerful central committee — perceived as a sign of anxiety about China’s strength.

Vietnam has been preoccupied over the past few months with jockeying for position within the Communist Party.  Now the country can focus again on its ambitious plan to grow into an industrialized country by 2020 — as well as Vietnam’s considerable challenges: inflation, trade deficit, weak currency, infrastructure needs, environmental concerns, and social stability. 

More on Vietnam’s new ruling party leaders and Wall Street Journal version

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