What’s Behind Vietnam’s Unprecedented Crackdown on Corruption?

What’s Behind Vietnam’s Unprecedented Crackdown on Corruption?
Trinh Xuan Thanh, the former chairman of a construction arm of state energy giant PetroVietnam, appears in court, Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan. 8, 2018 (Vietnam News Agency photo by Doan Tan via AP).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about corruption in various countries around the world. On Jan. 8, a major corruption trial began in Vietnam that could result in the first-ever conviction of a former member of the powerful Politburo of the Communist Party, Dinh La Thang. The trial is part of a wider crackdown on corruption that has swept up nearly two dozen former officials at Vietnam’s state energy company, PetroVietnam, among other state-owned enterprises. In an email interview, Carl Thayer, emeritus professor of politics at the University of New South Wales Canberra in Australia, discusses […]

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