Hullabaloo around Vietnamese catwalk diplomacy
Hanoi's bid to have its traditional dress recognised by UNESCO is heightening geopolitical tensions in Hanoi's diplomatic microcosm.
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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.
Vietnam's biggest ever corruption scandal, which has implications for Western defence companies, is fast turning into a diplomatic affair.
Looking for fresh fields after restrictions on exports, Israel's cyber sector is turning to the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao's much-awaited £155m gift to Oxford University is slow in coming due to the businesswoman's entanglement in the Vietnamese Communist Party's anti-corruption campaign and her company Sovico's supposed involvement in energy and weapons contracts with Russia.
Security firm Elta North America is hiring lobbyists in Washington while its Israeli mother company seeks US approval to sell an anti-missile system to Germany.
Vietnam's communist party general secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong, is on a mission to fight corruption. He has AIC Group in his sights especially, with new developments in the case pointing to a possible involvement of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
Against a background of political score-settling, public security minister To Lam and prime minister Pham Minh Chinh are battling to assert their control over the party and the regime's purchases of security hardware.
The recent charges against agent Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan may have had a negative impact on the Israeli cyber sector's dealings with Vietnam but the country remains a land of opportunities, both civil and miltary, for cyber firms.
Competition between French and Israeli manufacturers to provide Vietnam with a spy satellite is heating up. While Airbus and Thales were chatting to prime minister Pham Minh Chinh in Paris, IAI had a delegation in Hanoi trying to get defence minister Phan Van Giang and his teams to sign a contract.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his influential Minister of Public Security To Lam were in France from 3 to 5 November. This visit was an opportunity to review the prospects of certain major French industrialists looking towards Hanoi.
At a time when the Indo-Pacific is gaining strategic importance on the world stage, Russia's diplomatic and security apparatus is looking to lock down its political alliance and defence relationship with Vietnam, with the help of some key emissaries.
Former master spy Pham Minh Chinh, who has just been appointed prime minister, has already taken decisive action to try to take back control over the country's arms imports.