Vietnam

Country Vietnam
Capital Hanoi
Continent Asia
Currency Dong(VND)
Languages Vietnamese

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Introduction

The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the Communist North and anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under Communist rule. Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies, the persecution and mass exodus of individuals - many of them successful South Vietnamese merchants - and growing international isolation. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The country continues to experience small-scale protests from various groups, the vast majority connected to land-use issues and the lack of equitable mechanisms for resolving disputes. Various ethnic minorities, such as the Montagnards of the Central Highlands and the Khmer Krom in the southern delta region, have also held protests.

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Five Decades Ago in Vietnam, a Different Great, Great Wall - New York Times

New York Times

Five Decades Ago in Vietnam, a Different Great, Great Wall
New York Times
Taylor at the time was also advising President John F. Kennedy to send more conventional troops to Vietnam, a recommendation that would haunt America for decades. A barrier, Taylor reasoned, would weaken the People's Liberation Front, known to its ...



New Zealand provides dam safety expertise to Vietnam | The ... - The National Business Review

The National Business Review

New Zealand provides dam safety expertise to Vietnam | The ...
The National Business Review
New Zealand will spend $5.4 million in the latest phase of a project that will this country's expertise to help ensure dam safety in Vietnam. Damwatch ...
New Zealand helps Vietnam enhance dam safety - Xinhua | English ...Xinhua

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Asylum seekers forcibly returned as bridge built between Vietnam and Cambodia - Asian Correspondent

Asian Correspondent

Asylum seekers forcibly returned as bridge built between Vietnam and Cambodia
Asian Correspondent
AS Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen praised his country's relationship with Vietnam after the construction of a new bridge to boost trade this week, Vietnamese refugees claim they were forcibly returned from Cambodia by the United Nations. Speaking at ...
Hun Sen Inaugurates Bridge Connecting Kandal, VietnamThe Cambodia Daily
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Hun Sen touts relationship with Vietnam, National, Phnom Penh PostThe Phnom Penh Post
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50th anniversary commemoration for Vietnam veterans this Saturday ... - Mineral Wells Index

Mineral Wells Index

50th anniversary commemoration for Vietnam veterans this Saturday ...
Mineral Wells Index
Parker County American Legion Post 163, VFW Post 4746, local communities and the thousands of 50th Commemorative Partners across America extend a ...
Vietnam War veteran attends last dawn parade in casket - Newstalk ZBNewstalk ZB

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Now in Vietnam: Make sure you target these 3 demographics of gamers in Vietnam - The Independent

The Independent

Now in Vietnam: Make sure you target these 3 demographics of gamers in Vietnam
The Independent
This is the fourth post of “Now in Vietnam“, where TechNode visits Vietnam's leading companies, to explore the next startup ecosystem to emerge among Southeast Asian countries. Vietnam GDP growth could surpass China by 2020 according to Turicum ...

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Cruising in Vietnam Without the Crowds: A Savvy Traveler's Guide - Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Cruising in Vietnam Without the Crowds: A Savvy Traveler's Guide
Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Some of the islands stood densely packed like monks in conclave, others lone and admonitory like the fins of monstrous sea creatures. As I cruised through Vietnam's Bai Tu Long National Park inventing metaphors, it struck me: This was the first time I ...



Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will begin taking Vietnam veterans - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will begin taking Vietnam veterans
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Twelve local Korean War veterans will take flight as part of the Oct. 24 Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. (Photo: Courtesy of Honor Flight Wisconsin).
Vietnam War Hero Flight takes off SundayGrand Island Independent
“It's way, way overdue:” Honor Flight begins accepting applications ...fox6now.com
WWII veteran takes Honor Flight with Vietnam vet nephewKCRG
Ruidoso News -Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
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Editorial: Agent Orange still poisons many Vietnam War veterans - GazetteNET

GazetteNET

Editorial: Agent Orange still poisons many Vietnam War veterans
GazetteNET
For many Americans, the enduring memory of the Vietnam War is of the protests that defined a generation and shattered the illusion of America's purity on the ...

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Mackay's Vietnam vets still struggle during Anzac Day - Mackay Daily Mercury

Mackay Daily Mercury

Mackay's Vietnam vets still struggle during Anzac Day
Mackay Daily Mercury
VIETNAM veterans at Anzac Day services around Mackay were excited to see spectator numbers increase this year, but still harboured haunting memories of experiences they rarely share. Some took years before they attended commemorations, while others ...



Investors should take a closer look at Vietnam – but beware these risks - City A.M.

City A.M.

Investors should take a closer look at Vietnam – but beware these risks
City A.M.
Three years ago, no one was interested internally or externally in Vietnam, but this time the conference was overwhelmed, with nearly 200 foreign investors and about 200 local investors. Vietnam is firmly back on the map and everyone was talking about ...