While the U.S. president's remarks are televised, noted activists are prevented from discussing issues with him.
Decision to lift an embargo on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam without any rights concessions sacrifices American leverage, critics say.
As Vietnam and the U.S. grow closer, White House officials say the president plans to bring up the human rights agenda and talk to dissidents.
President Obama will have to make some tough choices as he makes a trip to the the Southeast Asian country this month.
While new media makes it tougher for the government to control what people think, it is far from powerless as mass protests turn into small gatherings.
The annual move by Beijing takes on added significance in the seaway that is at the heart of an international dispute.
Officials say Tran Thi Hong violated has national law by having discussions with the religious freedom delegation.
Weapons deals, trade and the South China Sea dispute complicate the growing relationship between Hanoi and Washington.
The former chief of the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography says it’s up to Hanoi to tell the people.
Rare demonstrations illustrate the depth of dissatisfaction with the government's effort in the environmental disaster.