Briefing on Party Congress

Vietnam’s ruling Communist party has begun its secretive five-yearly reshuffle to select the leaders who will steer one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies through the global coronavirus pandemic. After closed-door deliberations in the politburo and the party’s central committee, 1,600 party delegates will endorse a new leadership slate, including the country’s four top ruling positions, at a congress in Hanoi from January 25 to February 2. To hear about the new leadership and key decisions made at the congress, AmCham invites members to join a virtual briefing on February 5 with Murray Hiebert, a great friend of AmCham and author of the new book, Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge.

Murray Hiebert is a top Asia expert and skilled researcher with three decades of experience living and working in Asia. His networks in business, media and government circles are deep and wide-ranging. He is head of research at BowerGroupAsia and is a senior associate of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. He earlier served as senior adviser and deputy director of the CSIS Southeast Asia Program. Prior to joining CSIS, Hiebert was senior director for Southeast Asia at the US Chamber of Commerce. Earlier, he was a journalist in the China bureau of the Wall Street Journal. Prior to his posting to Beijing, he worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review, reporting on US-Asia relations. He was based in Hanoi in the early 1990s reporting on Vietnam’s economic reforms and opening to the outside world. He has returned many times to speak with AmCham members and his many friends and contacts here. Murray has also written two books on Vietnam: Chasing the Tigers and Vietnam Notebook.

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