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military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973.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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Vietnam veterans to remember fallen - waateanews.com

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Vietnam veterans to remember fallen
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New Zealand's Vietnam veterans will gather at cenotaphs and marae around the country tomorrow to commemorate the fallen, remember the war and what came after, and catch up with old comrades. August 18 is set as New Zealand Vietnam Veterans' Day ...
Mudjimba salutes Vietnam VeteransThe Sunshine Coast Daily
New Zealand Vietnam Veterans' Day commemorated tomorrowTimes Online - Auckland
Traveling memorial for Vietnam Veterans makes stop in BillingsKTVQ Billings News
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Vietnam fires vice trade minister amid graft crackdown - New Zealand Herald

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Vietnam fires vice trade minister amid graft crackdown
New Zealand Herald
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) " Vietnam's vice trade minister has been fired for alleged wrongdoing as the ruling Communist Party widened its crackdown on corruption. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a decision signed on Wednesday dismissed Vice Minister of ...
Deepening Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnershipNhan Dan Online

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Vietnam vet with dementia reassured 'your duty is done' - BBC News

BBC News

Vietnam vet with dementia reassured 'your duty is done'
BBC News
A Vietnam veteran with dementia has received a certificate of appreciation and regiment badges and coins to reassure him his fighting days are now over. Eighty-four-year-old Lawrence Silk, who completed three tours of duty during the Vietnam War, now ...

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Vietnam fires vice minister amid corruption crackdown - Reuters

Vietnam fires vice minister amid corruption crackdown
Reuters
HANOI, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Vietnam fired a vice trade minister on Wednesday for wrongdoings at electricity firm Dien Quang Lamp, the government and state media said, amid a wider crackdown on corruption. Deputy trade minister Ho Thi Kim Thoa lost all ...

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Onslow DAV chapter hosts Vietnam War documentary screening - WNCT

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Onslow DAV chapter hosts Vietnam War documentary screening
WNCT
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)–Folks in and around Jacksonville had the chance to see a sneak peek of a new documentary about the controversial Vietnam War. The documentary entitled “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documents the ...
CIFF Selects: Ken Burns' 'The Vietnam War'PenBayPilot.com

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Vatican envoy: Vietnam's government must respect religious freedom - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Vatican envoy: Vietnam's government must respect religious freedom
Crux: Covering all things Catholic
A woman collects lotus flowers in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 16. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, the non-resident representative of the Vatican to Vietnam, spoke of the state of religious freedom Aug. 13 during the opening Mass of Marian Congress at the ...

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Clover Hill grad heads to Vietnam on scholarship - Chesterfield Observer

Clover Hill grad heads to Vietnam on scholarship
Chesterfield Observer
Clover Hill graduate Theresa Dinh will spend a year in Vietnam studying human trafficking and other topics on a $20,000 Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program. ASH DANIEL At a time when most of her classmates were attending ...

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Tata Coffee sets up freeze-dried coffee plant in Vietnam - Indiainfoline

Tata Coffee sets up freeze-dried coffee plant in Vietnam
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Tata Group is already active in Vietnam in various sectors including automobile, steel, energy and watches. With this investment, Tata Coffee Vietnam marked its first foray beyond Indian shores as a manufacturer and hence is a significant milestone for ...

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Vietnam-era plane towed to G-Star School of the Arts - WPTV.com

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Vietnam-era plane towed to G-Star School of the Arts
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A Palm Beach County school dedicated to the arts has added a big prop to its inventory. It's a Vietnam-era Grumman Mohawk gunship. The plane was towed to the G-Star School of the Arts in Palm Springs Wednesday. The school says it will be placed near A ...

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South China Sea: Vietnam takes up fight against China - CNN

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South China Sea: Vietnam takes up fight against China
CNN
A month later Hanoi reversed course, reportedly after Beijing threatened to use military force against one of its outposts in the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea. Now Vietnam could be on the hook to Repsol for hundreds of millions of ...
Drilling ship leaves Vietnam oil block after China rowReuters

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