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I held them personally and individually responsible - the polyestered Kiwanis boys, the merchants and the farmers, the pious churchgoers, the chatty housewives, the PTA and the Lions club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the fine outstanding gentry out at the country club. They didn't know Bao Dai from the man in the moon. They didn't know history. They didn't know the first thing about Diem's tyranny, or the nature of Vietnamese nationalist, or the long colonialism of the French - this was all too damn complicated, it required some reading - but no matter, it was a war to stop the Communists, plain and simple.

Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried.

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Overview: Vietnam

 

Protesters were intimidated, harassed, and detained for peacefully marching near the Embassy of China and around Hoan Kiem lake. Government media, including newspapers and television stations, continually cast negative images of protesters and labelled them ‘reactionary.’ The government restricts religious practices through legislation, registration requirements, and harassment and surveillance. Religious groups are required to register with the government and operate under government-controlled management boards. Despite allowing many government-affiliated churches and pagodas to hold worship services, the government bans any religious activity that it arbitrarily deems to oppose national interests, harm national unity, cause public disorder, or sow divisions.

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Profile: Vietnam

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- Economy

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- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Cong Hoa Xa Hoi Chu Nghia Viet Nam (The Socialist Republic of Vietnam) (SRV)
Head of State: President Truong Tan Sang (from 25 Jul 2011)
Head of government: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (from 2006; re-elected 26 Jul 2011)
Ruling party: Dang Cong San Viet Nam (DCSV) (Communist Party of Vietnam)
Area: 329,556 square km
Population: 90.63 million (2014)*
Capital: Hanoi
Official language: Vietnamese
Currency: Dong (D) = 100 xu
Exchange rate: D22,482.50 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$2,053 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 5.98% (2014)*
GDP: US$186.05 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 48.26 million (2009)*
Unemployment: 2.45% (2014)*
Inflation: 4.10% (2014)*
Oil production: 365,000 bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 10.20 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$8.73 billion (2014)
* estimated figure

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