Despite sweeping reforms to Vietnam’s economy and growing openness to social change, the ruling party does not tolerate criticism.
The police said Le Dinh Luong was arrested because of his “regular activities with the aim to overthrow the authority and complicate local security,” but did not elaborate.
Influenced by China’s neighbourly presence, the two countries signed 12 pacts, including a $500 million defence line for credit, to deepen bilateral cooperation across multiple sectors.
Vietnam wants closer ties with India but is aware of the fact that this will not deter China’s rise.
Former bureaucrat and legislator Nguyễn Xuân Phúc succeeds Nguyễn Tấn Dũng as the new prime minister.