Winning the Vietnam War proved easier than winning the peace. Since 1975, the reunited country has faced the problem of how a poorer, planned economy in which state ownership and control could successfully absorb a more advanced, capitalist economy. In addition, the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War heralded a new age in Vietnam’s internal and external relations.
Vietnam traces developments since the end of the Vietnam War, including recent economic reforms, the politics of the Communist Party, and the re-establishment of relations with the United States. It gives a comprehensive and informative overview of the current political and economic situation in Vietnam today.
Political Developments. Political Background. A Chronology of Political Developments. The Vietnam War (The Human Toll). Vietnam’s Armed Forces. Communist Party Membership. The Boat People. Ethnic Minorities. Religion. Demography. AIDS. SARS. Bird Flu. Economic Developments. Economic Background. The Economic System Prior to and After 1989. Financial and Exchange Rate Policy. The State Sector. The Non-State, Non-Agricultural Sector. The ‘Equitization’ Program. Further Aspects of Privatization. Foreign Trade. The Asian Financial Crisis. Foreign Debt and Aid. Foreign Direct Investment. Agriculture. Economic Performance