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  1. Vietnam: The Definitive Oral History- Told From All Sides

    Posted Dec 31st 2006, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... David Wilson Vietnam: The Definitive Oral History- Told From All Sides by Christian G. Appy Ebury Press, HK$272 Critics skewer comparisons of Iraq and Vietnam wars as glib. But even Vietnam-era US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, who deems the Iraq war unwinnable, has highlighted parallels. This oral history furthers the argument that history is messily repeating ...

  2. New leadership from south region

    Posted Apr 26th 2006, 12:00am by David Marsh

    ... David Marsh Vietnam's inner circle of power has a distinctly southern, younger, and more business-friendly face after yesterday's conclusion of the Communist Party congress. Seven of the 14 newly announced members of the elite Politburo are from the entrepreneurial south of the country, including Nguyen Minh Triet the man tipped to become the next president. ...

  3. Graft genie well and truly out of the bottle

    Posted Apr 20th 2006, 12:00am by David Marsh

    ... post-war Vietnam, the PMU18 case has dominated the state-controlled media for weeks. A search on the internet for the once-obscure agency's acronym now garners 258,000 hits. Even ... expected,' said one foreign diplomat. 'It must have an impact on the congress itself.' How did such a controversy erupt at such an inopportune time for Vietnam's ruling party? And what ...

  4. Election of PM clears path for new era in Vietnam

    Posted Jun 28th 2006, 12:00am by David Marsh

    ... unopposed, to the state presidency. At 56, Mr Dung is Vietnam's youngest prime minister since the country was reunified after the end of the Vietnam war in 1975. It is the country's top ... bank and had wide-ranging responsibility as deputy prime minister for past nine years Becomes youngest prime minister, the top government post, since reunification of Vietnam after war ended ...

  5. Vietnam trade bank eyes HK for initial share sale

    Posted Feb 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode in Hanoi Vietnam's leading foreign-trade bank is eyeing a secondary listing in Hong Kong, potentially the country's first overseas initial public share offering. ... on Vietnam's fledgling exchange. 'We are proud that we are one of the cleanest banks in terms of asset base,' said Pham Quang Dzung, the director of Vietcombank's financial institutions ...

  6. Vietnam's old allies make for estranged bedfellows

    Posted Dec 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Iraqi banknotes sporting portraits of Saddam Hussein are doing a roaring trade. The links can be traced to the long years of the Vietnam war, and the decades that followed. Given Vietnam ... Greg Torode There cannot be too many media outlets where a visit by a group of parliamentarians from Laos gets equal billing with a tour by the president of the US. Vietnam's state ...

  7. Challenge and change round the corner in Vietnam

    Posted Nov 04th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are worth close scrutiny. As of July, Vietnam's official estimated population stood at 84.4 million. Some 55 per cent are under 25, a reflection of a post-Vietnam-war baby boom and rising ... the people seem- evidence of Vietnam's expanding consumer classes. Sharp observers will also note that virtually everyone seems to be young. Amid the mounting international expectation ...

  8. Tiger Force

    Posted Jun 25th 2006, 12:00am by Lance Cherry

    ... of passing time. The Vietnam war ruptured a nation's consciousness, begged enormous questions of morality and killed almost 60,000 US soldiers in a humiliating military and political defeat. ... a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation has unveiled an even more horrific killing spree in what Vietnam appropriately labels the American war. This latest chapter of barbarity unleashed ...

  9. Between the hype and the hope, Vietnam comes of age

    Posted Nov 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with Vietnam's potential after the US lifted its 20-year economic blockade. Intrigue and goodwill abounded given the country's war-scarred infrastructure and grinding poverty. Vietnam emerged from ... Greg Torode Hang around Hanoi's vast new National Convention Centre and the marble corridors echo with feverish talk of Vietnam's potential- its highly literate and dynamic young ...

  10. Step back in time

    Posted Feb 12th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... porcelain, cinnamon and herbs. The river silted up in the early 20th century, bringing an end to the town's status as a trade hub. Fortunately, it avoided damage during the Vietnam war and much ... and her small Catholic shrine. A bar owner tells me how his father emigrated to Hoi An from China and how his brother was killed in the Vietnam war, pointing to a mountain in the distance where he ...




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