Vietnam’s prime minister secured enough support from parliament during the communist country’s first confidence vote to keep his job, with almost a third of lawmakers rating him poorly as economic growth stagnates.
Vietnam’s lawmakers cast historic confidence votes today to decide the fate of the prime minister and senior leaders, after stumbles that last year prompted the premier to make a public apology to the communist nation.
Thousands gathered in pouring rain in Hong Kong yesterday evening to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown as organizers call on Chinese President Xi Jinping to improve human rights and advance democracy.
New demands from Hong Kong’s opposition that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying resign may hinder government efforts to tackle everything from pollution to slowing economic growth to near-record property prices.
Henry Tang vowed to stay in the race to be Hong Kong’s next leader, as a scandal over a basement built illegally at his wife’s property drove down his popularity and prompted lawmaker Regina Ip to join the contest.
The makeup of China’s Politburo, with an official who once studied in the U.K. and a man nicknamed “Little Hu,” signals that the Communist Party may have begun grooming the leaders who will take over in a decade.
Protesters will march through Hong Kong on the 15th anniversary of the city’s return to China this July 1, as Chinese President Hu Jintao presides over the inauguration of the city’s new leader Leung Chun-ying.