torsdag 28. januar 2021

Vietnam proves communist-led capitalism can work

The 13th National Congress of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, which began in Hanoi on Monday, is an event of exceptional significance for the country’s internal politics and future trajectory of development, regional politics and the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region.

The nine-day party congress is expected to pick a new leadership team and approve the roadmap for national policies for the coming five-year period and beyond. Many analysts estimate that party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong will continue for a third term and economic, domestic and foreign policy will continue on the trajectory set in 2016 at the last party congress.

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) is in a celebratory mood in its 70th anniversary this year. The fact that 1,600 delegates can assemble in a large hall and confabulate face-to-face over nine days bears testimony to Vietnam’s success in curbing Covid-19. The country has reported just over 1,500 infections and 35 deaths in total.