Vietnam in 2021: A new government faces a novel virus

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COVID-19 and the Party Congress dominated the headlines in Vietnam in 2021. This essay reviews the leadership changes after the Party Congress and the challenges the new leaders faced in confronting the Delta variant of COVID-19. It also considers other economic challenges that have simmered under the surface, such as its approach to securing infrastructure funding, particularly in the energy sector. It concludes by considering Vietnam's international posture relating to the US and China.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-82
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Communist party congress
  • Environment
  • Infrastructure
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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