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2000s continued
  • (2006) Investigation of senior officials for alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars in transport ministry in state government; prime minister, president, National Assembly chairman were replaced
  • (2007) Vietnam became 150th member of World Trade Organization
  • (2007) USA agreed to help fund study to remove toxic defoliant, Agent Orange from former USA base
  • (2007) 400,000 people evacuated as Typhoon Lekima approached, two killed, hundreds of homes destroyed
  • (2008) Inflation reached 13-year high of 25.2%; over 1,000 workers walked off Panasonic plant assembly line in protest
  • (2008) Over 300 strikes took place in first quarter
  • (2008) Guilty verdicts for journalists Nguyen Viet Chien and Nguyen Van Hai, for exposing major corruption scandal, condemned by USA and international media companies
  • (2008) Vietnam said it planned to enforce two-child policy to control population growth
  • (2008) Border dispute between China and Vietnam resolved after 30 years
  • (2008) Government banned bloggers from raising inappropriate subjects
  • (2008) USA-Vietnam adoption agreement expired after two sides unable to resolve fraud and corruption disagreements
  • (2009) Over 15,000 prisoners released under Lunar New Year amnesty
  • (2009) Government dismissed editors of two newspapers following coverage of corruption scandal trial
  • (2010) Activist and human rights lawyer, Le Cong Dinh, and three others jailed on charges of attempting to overthrow government
  • (2011) 11 tourists, Vietnamese guide drowned after tour boat sank in Halong Bay
  • (2011) Officials announced more than 100,000 people have been killed or injured by land mines or other abandoned explosives since the Vietnam War ended nearly 40 years ago; clearing all the country will take decades more
  • (2011) USA-Vietnam began joint operation began to clean up contamination from Agent Orange
  • (2011) China, Vietnam signed agreement to manage South China Sea dispute
  • (2012) Six police, army officers injured in Haiphong during clash between authorities and farmers trying to fend off land eviction
  • (2012) Mystery skin infection killed 19, government asked World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control to aid the investigation into cause
  • (2012) Tropical storm tore roofs off hundreds of homes, breached flood defenses, killed three, several missing, over 260,000 relocated to safe areas
  • (2012) Protests in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi held over maritime territorial disputes with China

Vietnam's Information

Flag of Vietnam
Land Area 310,070 km2
Water Area 21,140 km2
Total Area 331,210km2 (#65)
Population 95,261,021 (#14)
Population Density 307.22/km2
Government Type Communist State
GDP (PPP) $595.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $6,400
Currency Dong (VND)
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