Comments to Thanh Niên on the appointments of Ngân and Nhân

“It is promising that the Party has elected two bright, open-minded individuals with considerable experience to its leadership. In particular, Nhan’s familiarity with the US is an asset. However, the most important steps Viet Nam can take with respect to improved relations with the US, would be true breakthroughs in governance reforms, both with respect to economic matters and in the political and civic realms. Viet Nam’s people are ready for real change and they want the Politburo to deliver. As important as these appointments may be, real change in Viet Nam requires the active participation of all Vietnamese in the country’s political and social life. If the two appointments can facilitate movement in this direction Viet Nam stands to benefit as will its relations with the rest of the world.”

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