Chinese and Philippine experts clash over US bases in Manila
Tensions in the South China Sea are apparent even in hushed discussions between experts. The agreement between the United States and the Philippines on access to four military bases is a sticking point that has left the Chinese military fuming.
Viettel chosen to build new Vinasat telecommunications satellite
Winners and losers among agents in Vietnam's defence restructure
The reorganisation of defence imports and exports continues in Hanoi, with the defence ministry taking care to protect the interests of Viettel High Tech, which has links with the army.
Vietnam's Phan Van Giang cleans up military intelligence
Vietnam's ministry of defence has issued new directives to regulate interactions with foreign entities, a way for its ambitious minister Phan Van Giang to clip the wings of intelligence chiefs.
Naval priorities at centre of efforts to restart Franco-Vietnamese defence relations
Olivier Brochet, France's new ambassador in Hanoi, plans to capitalise on upbeat Franco-Vietnamese maritime relations to spur the two countries' bilateral defence relationship.
Vietnamese army conglomerate Viettel and Huawei compete in Cambodian fibre optic rollout
Viettel is pushing to roll out its fibre optic network in the latest battle of influence between Hanoi and Beijing in Cambodia.
Manila and Hanoi bypass ASEAN on South China Sea dispute
To circumvent the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' unanimity rule, high-level officials from the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia have joined forces to tackle their South China Sea dispute with China.
ASIADEV's setbacks with French defence groups
Against a backdrop of growing misunderstanding between Paris and Hanoi, ASIADEV, the historic consultancy for French firms in Vietnam, has seen several of its prospectings go unrewarded. Some of its collaborations with French industrialists have also come to an end.
Vietnam's Vingroup heads into economic influence with management training school
Pham Nhat Vuong, the head of Vingroup, is personally involved in the development of a management training school designed to strengthen Vietnam's sovereignty and economic influence.
Alexis Delevaux is key broker for cyber-intelligence groups in South East Asia
The Swiss businessman heads the GDMS group, which is very active in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Madagascar. He has discreet but effective connections who help him win the favours of the relevant government ministries in those countries.
Vietnamese defence ministry poised to finalise F-16 order
Hanoi is about to lock in its F-16 fighter jets acquisition, but the Vietnamese air force is not putting all its eggs in one basket when it comes to suppliers.
Ex-commando Pham Ngoc Phuc promotes French business in Vietnam
A Vietnamese businessman close to French industry, Pham Ngoc Phuc, is no longer involved in the defence world but still has senior contacts in Vietnam.
Beijing tightens security in Guangxi province on Vietnam border
As diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the US get closer, the Chinese Communist Party is pressing ahead with plans to modernise its border control posts on the Vietnamese border.
Vietnam friendship associations seek to bolster influence abroad
Hanoi intends to take advantage of its friendship networks abroad to improve its economic prospecting capabilities.
Rafael's Spyder proposal nixed by Vietnamese Air Force amid military procurement shifts
Once the preserve of Israeli defence and intelligence groups, Hanoi is now starting to turn its back on them. This comes at a time when the US and Russia are courting the Vietnamese market more fervently than ever.
Germany nixes latest move in Vietnam's anti-corruption campaign
Vietnam's biggest ever corruption scandal, which has implications for Western defence companies, is fast turning into a diplomatic affair.
Vietnam spymaster Hung banks on military intelligence tech to counter public security rivals
General Pham Ngoc Hung, who heads Vietnamese military intelligence, is navigating a complex political environment while working to provide his country with cutting-edge Earth observation capabilities.
Contractor hits the brakes on key Franco-Vietnamese Hanoi metro project
Hanoi has yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel of its third metro line, with tough negotiations underway between a French contractor and Vietnamese partner MRB, amid growing administrative tensions.
Hanoi ponders large-scale financial intelligence service
The Vietnamese authorities want to create a standalone financial intelligence service with the means to match, following a slew of corruption scandals that have exposed the ministry of public security's weaknesses in the area.
Hanoi wants ASML to take root in Vietnam amid global rare earths battle
Vietnamese authorities are prospecting several Western groups to acquire technology to extract and process rare earths. While the country's goals are ambitious, its authorities still need to work out their roadmap for the sector.
Thales and Leonardo back to square one in battle for Vietnamese radar contract
The Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corp has told Thales and Leonardo, bitter rivals for the contract, that it is cancelling its ongoing tender for civil radar.
Jonathan Choi, champion of Chinese interests in France and South East Asia
Known for his patronage in Paris, the Hong Kong businessman and prominent United Front member has also gained considerable influence in Vietnam and Cambodia through his groups Sunwah and VinaCapital. These are now being increasingly run by his son, Jesse Choi, as he works to expand their networks.
Vietnamese coast guard anti-corruption trial jeopardises Western defence deals
Five Vietnamese senior coast guard service officers are currently being tried for corruption, while the Communist Party and defence ministry are taking back control of the service's procurement.