The United States Department of the Treasury formally labels Switzerland and Vietnam as currency manipulators, accusing them of intervening to limit the rise of their currencies against the U.S. dollar. Switzerland rejects the label.
In what is seen as an increase in arrests of political activists, a court in Vietnam sentences a 29-year-old Facebook user to eight years in prison for making anti-government posts, including several criticizing communist leader Ho Chi Minh. The man was also sentenced to serve three years of house arrest after finishing his prison term.
At least 24 people die after floods strike across Vietnam. In the south, nearly 3,900 houses and more than 22,000 hectares of crops are submerged, mostly in Lam Dong Province. Floods also damage more than 30km of national roads, including the road leading to the tourist city of Dalat and destroy 142 hectares of aquarium farming and 4,300 cages of river-raised fish.
The poet Liao Yiwu tells the BBC of how he fled China via Vietnam and other countries and arrived in Germany after his struggles with Chinese authorities who have spent decades suppressing his work and imprisoning him.
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Vietnamese President Nguyễn Minh Triết discuss bilateral ties in oil, food and manpower and sign three major agreements — a treaty avoiding double taxation, a protocol to promote ties in the oil and gas sectors and an agreement to promote agricultural cooperation.
A Cambodian court issues an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sam Rainsy, for failing to turn up at court over a border dispute with Vietnam. [http:--news.bbc.co.uk-1-hi-world-asia-pacific-8436851.stm (BBC)] [http:--www.phnompenhpost.com-index.php-2010010130589-National-news-opposition-leader-repudiates-political-charges-against-him.html ("Phnom Penh Post")]date=August 2019