Trong’s strength hides weakness in Vietnam

Nguyen Phu Trong's appointment as president concentrates unprecedented power in his hands but comparisons to Chinese President Xi Jinping's power grab are misguided

October 30, 2018 5:37 PM (UTC+8)
Vietnam communist party chief Nguyen Phu Trong takes oath as country's president at the National Assembly hall in Hanoi on October 23, 2018. Photo: Vietnam News Agency via AFP
Vietnam communist party chief Nguyen Phu Trong takes oath as country's president at the National Assembly hall in Hanoi on October 23, 2018. Photo: Vietnam News Agency via AFP
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