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Vietnam top communist Trong's 3rd term heralds next leader race

Party chief faces challenges in China and Biden's expected focus on human rights

Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at a news conference after the closing ceremony of 13th National Congress of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party in Hanoi on Feb. 1. Trong was re-elected as party general secretary for an unprecedented third term.   © Reuters

HANOI/TOKYO -- Vietnam's Communist Party congress closed on Monday with the announcement that President Nguyen Phu Trong was given an unprecedented third five-year term as general secretary.

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