Since Vietnam–China normalized relations, after the Chengdu Conference in 1990, the Communist Party of Vietnam and its regime have carried out economic and political policies, exactly like China. Even, no exaggeration, Vietnam is an almost 100% copy of China, in every aspect.
Currently, corruption in China is still a top risk. The Chinese government has continuously increased anti-corruption measures and has also achieved significant progress.
Tuoi Tre newspaper on November 30 reported with the title: “Requesting China to support Vietnam in training specialized officials in anti-corruption.”
The news said that Phan Dinh Trac, Head of the Central Commission for Internal Affairs, asked the Chinese side to support Vietnam in training officials specialized in internal affairs, law, anti-corruption, etc.
Experts see that, with the similarities in political institutions between Vietnam and China, the cohesion in policies, including anti-corruption policies, is understandable. Furthermore, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s “burning the furnace” is essentially a copy of Xi Jinping’s policy of “fighting tigers and exterminating flies.”
Vietnam’s request for China to support the training of specialized officials in anti-corruption is not a new issue. During General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to China in January 2017, the two sides agreed to let the Chinese side train source cadres for Vietnam. This was recognized in the Joint Statement of the two countries.
Recently, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung went to Guangdong, China, to attend the closing lecture of a cooperation class to train key officials of the Hanoi Party Committee, which is an example.
Therefore, Vietnam’s proposal to ask China to train anti-corruption officials is just another step in the process of copying policies from the neighboring country. That proposal also means that Vietnam sends a message and commitment to China that Hanoi will continue to stay within Beijing’s control orbit.
In China, the anti-corruption work under Xi Jinping has had many outstanding results. Zhou Yongkang, former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, in charge of China’s Internal Affairs, was prosecuted and arrested, showing that the Chinese leadership is very determined and quite strong-armed.
After the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping continued to bluntly eliminate two figures considered his confidants, namely Minister of National Defense Senior General Li Shaongfu and Foreign Minister Qin Gang. These two people have only been in office for only a few months.
Anti-corruption in China is successful because they act aggressively and rely on the law to handle it, regardless of who the individual is.
As for the “burning the furnace” in Vietnam, General Secretary Trong only talked but did not do. The General Secretary repeatedly declared, “There are no prohibited areas, no avoidance zones” but reality shows that he said so but did not do so. Even from the beginning, Trong “stopped the throat” of the Anti-Corruption Agency with the directive “hit the mouse not to break the vase” so how can we fight corruption?
Not to mention the fact that, to rescue corrupt officials, General Trong has issued a “humane” policy: “If any officer has made a mistake but voluntarily retires and return the money, he will ‘exempted from trial or light trial.’ Severe punishment is not good. It is not good to remove everyone from office…”
That issue has been resolved by the Politburo and the Party Secretariat at the request of the General Secretary. That was clearly shown in Notice No. 20/BBT-TW dated September 8, 2022 of the Politburo.
And yet, the case of Van Thinh Phat and its Chairwoman Truong My Lan, with the amount of money lost amounting to millions of billions of dong, yet, the Communist Party of Vietnam and General Secretary Trong advocated: “Only those who received big amount of bribery money, causing particularly serious consequences, will they be prosecuted and tried. Those who accept little bribes or do not seek personal gain will not be criminally prosecuted but will only be disciplined by the Party.”
Thus, it can be seen that in the fight against corruption in Vietnam today, to be successful, there is no need to learn from anyone. The easiest way is to just fire him or immediately prosecute General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong with the crime of “deliberately doing the wrong thing, causing serious consequences.”
It is guaranteed that the anti-corruption apparatus will run smoothly, sweeping away the trash and vermin that are corrupt officials, who make up the vast majority of Vietnam’s leadership today.