November 17, 2000 |
In a trip designed to bring formal closure to one of the most painful chapters in American history, Bill Clinton today became the first U.S. president to visit Vietnam since the war ended--and the first ever to visit Hanoi, one of the world's last bastions of Communist rule. Despite the midnight hour of his arrival, Clinton was greeted by thousands and thousands of people lining the streets on the long ride into town from the airport.
November 13, 2000 |
Three college professors--all veterans of the war against the United States--were talking over lunch, and soon the conversation turned, as all conversations here seem to these days, to President Clinton's official visit to Vietnam this week. "I wouldn't expect him to make an apology for the war," said Do Duy Truyen, a Russian-language instructor who was an antiaircraft gunner protecting Hanoi three decades ago. In fact, Truyen wouldn't mind if the war didn't even come up.
August 8, 2000 |
To young Vietnamese Americans, it's the hottest music around. To older generations, it's nothing more than Communist propaganda. And to a Little Saigon music industry once hailed as "the Vietnamese Nashville," it could spell doom. The thaw in U.S.-Vietnam relations has flooded music stores from Westminster to Philadelphia with verse and song from a culturally invigorated Vietnam.
July 29, 2000 |
Washington and Hanoi have agreed to move ahead on one of the most sensitive issues left from the Vietnam War and start scientific research into the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant sprayed by the United States in South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971, U.S. diplomats said. The agreement, informal at this point, is designed to identify hot spots where levels of cancer-causing chemicals remain high, to devise methods of cleanup and to study related health problems.
July 14, 2000 |
A quarter of a century after their war came to an end, the United States and Vietnam on Thursday launched a new era of normal economic ties with a trade deal that would grant Americans sweeping rights to do business in a land where they once shed blood, while giving Vietnamese much easier access to the rich U.S. marketplace.
April 29, 2000 |
Sen. John McCain stunned his Vietnamese hosts Friday, saying the "wrong guys" had won the Vietnam War and questioning this country's desire for closer relations with the United States. Even U.S. officials here were taken aback by the timing and bluntness of McCain's comments, which they feared could upset the fragile but improving relationship between Washington and Hanoi.
April 27, 2000 |
In a throwback to Cold War-era strategies, Vietnam's Communist government today begins a daily satellite TV broadcast to North America aimed at expatriate Vietnamese. While skeptics question the broadcast's impact, timing of the kickoff--three days before the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon--has inflamed passions among Vietnamese emigres who view Vietnam's "Liberation Day," April 30, as the blackest day in what they call Black April.
April 9, 2000 |
Finally, by April 1975, there was something about Vietnam that almost everyone could agree on. After a wrenching decade of bloodshed and protest, the end of the war was near. The Communist North Vietnamese army was sweeping south in violation of a treaty signed two years earlier in Paris, an accord President Nixon had heralded as bringing "peace with honor." America's combat role was over.
March 19, 2000 |
In another of its ongoing breaks from the past, Vietnam has chosen English over French and Russian as the favored foreign language for students to learn and has turned to its former ideological enemies in the West to help redesign the educational curriculum. Vietnam is already phasing out English-language textbooks written by Russian advisors in the mid-1980s.