More than many countries, Vietnam has been buffeted by the ups and downs of globalization.NYTIMES TWO DAYS AGO:
A relatively new player in the global economy, it benefited from a flood of Western capital and interest in the 1990s and early this decade, only to be devastated by the reverberations of the latest economic crisis in the United States, 7,500 miles away.
Vietnam’s strategy for competing in the global arena — and a relatively successful one until recently — had been to carve out niche markets where it could deliver, say, quality products like handicrafts or specialized clothing that China could not.
But all of Vietnam’s main export industries are heavily dependent on sales to the United States. In 2009, the United States was the biggest importer of Vietnamese goods, absorbing about a fifth of the country’s exports.
Vietnam Charges Lawyer With Capital Crime(WE POSTED ON IT AT THE TIME.)
Published: December 23, 2009
BANGKOK — Intensifying a crackdown on dissent in advance of a Communist Party Congress, Vietnam has charged a prominent American-educated human rights lawyer and at least two associates with the capital crime of subversion, the official press reported on Wednesday.
DID THE NYTIMES FORGET? NO: THEY MENDING FENCES WITH THEIR COMRADES ON THE LEFT!
BTW: THE FACT THAT VIETNAM DEPENDS ON USA ECONOMIC INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR ECONOMY PROVES THAT THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS WERE GENOCIDAL IDIOTS FOR FIGHTING US FROM 1965-1973 AND JERKS FOR INVADING THE SOUTH IN 1975.
THEY COULD HAVE HAD ALL THE ECONOMIC INVOLVEMENT THEY WANTED AND MORE IN 1965 AND BECOME BIGGER THAN SOUTH KOREA.
ALL THEY HAD TO DO IS LET THEIR PEOPLE BE FREE.
FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY COULD HAVE BEEN THEIRS.
THE COMMUNISTS - WHO ARE STILL IN POWER , THANKS TO THE LEFTISTS IN AMERICA, LEFTISTS WHO ARE NOW RUNNING THE DEMOCRAT PARTY! - CHOSE INSTEAD TO WAGE A WAR WHICH KILLED 3 MILLION OF THEIR OWN AND LED TO 2 MILLION BOAT PEOPLE REFUGEES AND 4 MILLION DEAD IN CAMBODIA.
INSTEAD OF BEING APPLAUDED BY THE LEFT - LIKE THE NYTIMES - THE VIETNAM COMMIES SHOULD BE SHUNNED BY THE WORLD AND TREATED AS WE TREAT POL POT'S KHMER ROUGE THUGS.
UPDATE: AS THEY BEG FOR AID AND SPECIAL TREATMENT FROM THE WEST, VIETNAM IS INVESTING IN IRAN.