Vietnam has for years been losing mangrove forests, which play an important role in protecting their surrounding environment.
In the absence of in-depth interviews explaining his views, Tri Quang found himself being described as mysterious, a demagogue, a behind-the-scenes manipulator, and a Communist.
Output is undeterred by economic weakening and environmental concerns.
China has become ever more aggressive in asserting its claims to sovereignty over all the land features and adjacent waters embraced by its nine dotted line claim to the South China Sea.
Pro-Beijing triad gangs in Hong Kong have attacked a number of pro-democracy protesters during protests this year.
A recent UN study suggests that parts of Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok could be underwater by 2050.
Lower demand forecasts follow economic growth slide.