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Monthly Archives: januari 2009

Tet 2009: Vietnam Ponders its Future

The 3-day Tet festival is approaching in Vietnam, the climax of a long season of celebrations that began with the enthusiastic embrace of Christmas in mid-December. In the southern city that residents still call Saigon, parks and boulevards have been festooned with colorful lights, and Christmas carols drifted over restaurants, hotel lobbies and department stores […]

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Cao Van Vien: A South Vietnamese general cultivated inner peace even as he waged war

It started as an ordinary day in Saigon. Cao Van Vien (1921-2008) was working as a commander of the airborne brigade, South Vietnam’s most elite combat unit, when he was called to military headquarters. This was not unusual for a high-ranking officer, and Vien did not give it much thought. Vien was 41 at the […]

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Vietnam en China voltooien grensafbakening

Vietnam en China hebben onlangs, 30 jaar na een korte maar bloedige grensoorlog, de afbakening van hun gezamenlijke grens voltooid. De gebeurtenis was van ‘groot historisch belang’. Dat heeft het staatspersbureau van Vietnam gemeld. In 1999 tekenden de 2 landen een grensovereenkomst, maar het kostte 9 jaar om de 1.350 kilometer lange grens af te […]

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