Vietnamese analysts welcome show of US resolve after years of Chinese encroachment in the South China Sea.
Police meanwhile harass and detain relatives and friends seeking confirmation of his reprieve.
But a pro-democracy party banned by the government denies any connection to her.
The family of Do Dang Du, who died in police custody, has asked the United Nations to investigate.
They say Vietnam should address fishing rights around the Paracel and Spratly islands with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Mobs attack a village temple belonging to a banned group, the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam.
Workers are unaware of the trade deal’s provision on independent worker unions, while the animal husbandry industry fears competitive threats.
But nationalist actions, such as boycotts, are not the answer to a growing deficit, he says.