Vietnam has deployed troops to contain a rare mass protest by ethnic Hmong people that is testing the government’s tolerance of minority Christians, just weeks after human rights activists accused leaders of persecuting another hill tribe. As many as 7,000 Hmong people began to gather several days ago in the far-flung mountains of Dien Bien Province, near the northwestern border with Laos and China, apparently for religious reasons although some were advocating an independent kingdom, according to diplomatic, government and other sources.
HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has deployed troops to contain a rare protest by ethnic Hmong Christians, some of whom were calling for an independent kingdom, diplomatic and other sources said on Friday, and the government indicated the unrest was still going on.
The demonstration by as many as 7,000 people in the far-flung mountains of Dien Bien Province, near the northwestern border with Laos and China, began several days ago, but details were scant from the hard-to-access region.
HANOI, May 5 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s finance minister Agus
Martowardojo said on Thursday he is confident inflation can be
kept within the government’s target this year, despite building
inflationary pressures that some economists say will make that
The central bank has allowed the rupiah to appreciate
some 5 percent so far this year to near a 7-year high of about
8,600 per dollar to fight inflation and help mitigate a wave of
incoming capital, and Martowardojo said he was comfortable that
exporters could be competitive at that level.
HANOI (Reuters) – India’s fight against inflation could knock about half a percentage point off economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy this fiscal year, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday, a day after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised rates.
“It may be around… 8.5 percent. So, it will be about half a percent,” he told Reuters when asked about the impact of stubbornly high inflation on gross domestic product growth.
HANOI, May 4 (Reuters) – India’s fight against inflation
could knock about half a percentage point off economic growth in
Asia’s third-largest economy this fiscal year, Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday, a day after the central bank
“It may be around… 8.5 percent. So, it will be about half
a percent,” he told Reuters when asked about the impact of
stubbornly high inflation on gross domestic product growth.
HANOI, May 4 (Reuters) – Asia could dominate the world
economy by 2050, provided it avoids the traps that have seen
other emerging countries stall, and that meant it has to do its
part in reducing global imbalances, top policymakers said on
French finance minister Christine Lagarde said Asia could
not be a bystander in the Group of 20′s drive for “solid,
sustainable and balanced” global growth, while China’s deputy
finance minister Li Yong said the region should speak with one
HANOI, May 3 (Reuters) – Vietnam said on Tuesday fighting
inflation took precedence over growth and as a result GDP would
miss the official target, underscoring a key concern for the
region as Asian officials met in Hanoi to discuss ways to pursue
a sustained upturn.
Rising prices across the region must be “carefully managed”
via a mix of policies to minimise the impact on Asia’s vast
population of poor people, Asian Development Bank President
Haruhiko Kuroda said at the start of the ADB’s annual meeting.
All major economies in the region have tightened monetary
policy to contain inflationary pressures that have built up
during a strong recovery from the global crisis.
On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of India said fighting
inflation was the priority as it raised interest rates by a
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Volatile capital flows and surging commodity prices will be
key topics of discussion when finance ministers from East Asia’s
top three economies — China, Japan and South Korea — meet with
their Southeast Asian counterparts on Wednesday.
”The top priority is to fight inflation. We are no longer
prioritising GDP growth. We want to keep GDP growth at a
reasonable level that is acceptable in this inflation
situation,” Vietnam’s Minister of Planning and Investment Vo
Hong Phuc said.
Growth was now expected to be 6.5 percent and inflation
11.75 percent in 2011, Phuc told a forum at the Asian
Development Bank’s (ADB) annual meeting in Hanoi.
HANOI, April 29 (Reuters) – Vietnam’s central bank tightened
credit for the second time in four weeks on Friday, increasing
two policy rates days after the government reported inflation
was at its highest level in over two years, but some economists
said rates may be near a peak.
The State Bank of Vietnam raised the refinance rate by 100
basis points to 14 percent and the discount rate by the same
amount to 13 percent, following increases in the refinance rate
and reverse repo rate on April 1.
HANOI (Reuters) – A legal scholar who sued Vietnam’s prime minister and called for an end to one-party rule was sentenced on Monday to seven years in prison in one of the Communist country’s most important political trials in years.
The Hanoi People’s Court convicted Cu Huy Ha Vu, the 53-year-old son of a Vietnamese revolutionary leader, of spreading propaganda against the state.
HANOI (Reuters) – A Vietnamese legal scholar who sued the prime minister and called for an end to one-party rule went on trial on Monday on charges of spreading propaganda against the state and faces up to 12 years in jail.
Cu Huy Ha Vu was arrested in November and later indicted for circulating anti-government material.