>> President Obama hitting a road block with Hanoi on human rights Tuesday, just a day after lifting a decade's long US arms embargo on Vietnam. The Central Government embarrassing Obama on his first trip to the nation by barring some anti-communist activists from meeting with him.>> There were several other activists who were invited who were prevented from coming for various reasons.
There are still folks who find it very difficult to assemble and organize peacefully.>> David Bramstrom is following the story.>> Critics would say that there really hasn't been sufficient progress on human rights to justify the lifting of the arms embargo. It is a concern of rights advocates that he hasn't really gotten anything in return for taking this big step.
And the concern is really that he's perhaps lost some leverage there.>> Prominent intellectual Nguyen Quang told Reuters ten police men came to his house and drove him out of the capital until Obama was about to leave. Before the abduction he posted a Facebook picture of himself with the message, quote May be intercepted, arrested, advising so people know.
One of the activists that Obama did get to meet with Tuesday, Vietnamese pop singer Mai Khoi who was blocked from running for political post. The White House say lifting the embargo will make it easier to engage with Vietnam on rights. Obama's overture to Hanoi is part of a larger effort by the US to offset China's growing influence as tensions rise over its claims to the South China Sea