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September 11, 1994 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In District 3, just north of the center of town, an upscale boutique stands out among the battered stores, sidewalk bicycle repairmen and pushcart vendors selling noodles with pungent-smelling meats and sauces. Squeaky-clean windows and doors give way to freshly painted walls, racks of silk and linen dresses and a row of wooden dressing rooms. The sign atop the store, one of three in the former Saigon owned by a pair of 33-year-old Americans, reads "Dung/Joyce U.S.A Fashion."
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November 17, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Six years ago today, Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to visit Hanoi and the first in more than three decades to visit Vietnam, closing a painful chapter in American diplomatic and military history. When President Bush arrived today, he was shadowed by an issue that was politically difficult for him when he first ran for president, just as it was for Clinton: the question of military service during the Vietnam War.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1994
I agree with your editorial, "Vietnam Trade: Time for the Leap" (Jan. 5). It is time to end the U.S. economic embargo of Vietnam. Our government initiated the embargo against North Vietnam in 1964 and against the entire country in 1975. It has been kept in place since then ostensibly to punish its government for its intransigence and non-cooperation with the MIA issue. Our current policy needs to be revised not only because it hasn't worked but also because it is becoming obvious that the Vietnamese are being as forthcoming and cooperative as can reasonably be expected.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2006 | From Reuters
The House on Monday failed to pass a bill establishing permanent normal trade relations with Vietnam in a setback for President Bush, who is visiting Hanoi this weekend. Supporters failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote to approve the bill on the House "suspension calendar," which is usually reserved for noncontroversial legislation. It was unclear whether House Republicans would try this week to pass the bill through regular floor procedure, which requires just a majority vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1994
The Clinton Administration's approach to Asia-Pacific foreign policy--indeed to much of its foreign policy--is to emphasize trade. That being the case, it is only logical and consistent for Washington to now ease the trade embargo against Vietnam, in place since 1975. Wisely, President Clinton took two preliminary, incremental steps in that direction last year. Now it is time to take the great leap forward. The United States, after all, stands alone in its trading ban against Hanoi.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2006 | From Reuters
The House on Monday failed to pass a bill establishing permanent normal trade relations with Vietnam in a setback for President Bush, who is visiting Hanoi this weekend. Supporters failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote to approve the bill on the House "suspension calendar," which is usually reserved for noncontroversial legislation. It was unclear whether House Republicans would try this week to pass the bill through regular floor procedure, which requires just a majority vote.
NEWS
February 3, 1994 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department on Wednesday closed its investigation into whether Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown had taken a $700,000 bribe to facilitate lifting the trade embargo against Vietnam, and Brown's lawyer said that he had been "completely exonerated." Atty. Gen. Janet Reno left the announcement of the action to the Commerce Department, which said Brown "is pleased that the inquiry has fully and fairly exonerated him of any wrongdoing."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1997 | TINI TRAN and TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two years ago, Hung Phuong Nguyen spent countless hours organizing demonstrations in Little Saigon and writing angry letters to President Clinton opposing normalization with his homeland. Thursday, he met news that the U.S. is proposing to tear down all barriers to trade and investment with the Communist government of Vietnam with quiet acceptance. "Only economics can open the door to democracy," he said.
OPINION
January 9, 1994 | John T. McAlister, John T. McAlister, a business executive, is a former public-policy and economics professor at Princeton and Stanford. He is the author of "Vietnam: the Origins of Revolution" (Knopf). He interviewed Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap during a recent visit to Vietnam.
For close to 50 years, Vietnam's revolutionary leaders and the United States have had a complex and troubled relationship of extremes. In 1944, there was strong U.S. support for those who sought Vietnam's independence from the French. But soon after, Washington became an opponent of the communist-led revolution, with an intensity that far exceeded the strength of its initial support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2000
The U.S.-Vietnam trade deal signed on Thursday, after four years of negotiation and political foot-dragging, is a watershed in post-Vietnam War relations between the two countries. For U.S. companies, this opens new export and investment opportunities and provides greater copyright protection for filmmakers, musicians and others. For the people of Vietnam, the deal offers a way out of economic isolation and the best hope for radical changes in the government's rigid economic policies.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2006 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
When Nghia Van Phi first returned home to Vietnam in 2003, he still carried animosities toward the Communist government he had fled nearly three decades earlier. But Phi, president of a Santa Ana discount home improvement outlet, has since become an enthusiastic supporter of the economic rebuilding of that country. His company, US HiFi Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2000
The U.S.-Vietnam trade deal signed on Thursday, after four years of negotiation and political foot-dragging, is a watershed in post-Vietnam War relations between the two countries. For U.S. companies, this opens new export and investment opportunities and provides greater copyright protection for filmmakers, musicians and others. For the people of Vietnam, the deal offers a way out of economic isolation and the best hope for radical changes in the government's rigid economic policies.
NEWS
July 13, 2000 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States and Vietnam have reached broad agreement on a sweeping economic deal meant to turn the former military foes into trading partners, sources said Wednesday. Even as trade negotiators continued to work on a few technical details, the Clinton administration was turning its attention to plans for a signing ceremony that could take place within the next several days.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three months after Hanoi and Washington struck a landmark deal to normalize economic ties, two deadlines for signing the formal agreement have passed, raising fears both sides could end up empty-handed after years of tough negotiations. To many political analysts, the delay is confirmation that the debate rages on between reformists and conservatives in the secretive Politburo over the fundamental question of whether Vietnam really wants to commit itself to a free-market economy.
NEWS
September 7, 1999 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, making a rare visit to Vietnam by a high-profile official of the United States, said Monday that a key trade agreement between the former adversaries has been put back on track after it appeared to have stalled because of opposition by old-line Communist leaders.
NEWS
July 26, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. and Vietnam completed three years of negotiations Sunday, agreeing to normalize trade relations in a move that should markedly increase commercial ties between the former enemies. Both sides were ecstatic. "It's something we really wanted," said David Thai, a U.S. investor in Vietnam's coffee industry. "It provides an important psychological boost to the business environment here." The "agreement in principle" was reached by U.S.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1991 | From Agence France-Presse
President Bush should "reconsider" the economic embargo on Vietnam in the light of developments in Cambodia, a Vietnamese trade official said here Friday. "The Cambodian problem will now be solved. It is time for President George Bush to reconsider his decision to extend the embargo," said Doan Ngoc Bong, secretary general of the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
BUSINESS
July 18, 1994 | From Reuters
Vietnam's foreign trade is growing rapidly but imports are growing faster than exports and analysts say the government should make sure an increasing deficit does not get out of hand. Vietnam exported goods worth $1.6 billion in the first half of 1994, a 26% increase over the same period last year, according to figures recently released by the government's General Statistical Office. The value of imports was 30.6% higher at $1.
NEWS
February 3, 1999 | JIM MANN
Not long ago, Vietnamese officials approached Pete Peterson, the U.S. ambassador in Hanoi, with an unusual overture: Might the United States be interested in importing a bunch of Vietnamese laborers to work under contract? Vietnam has been exporting many thousands of its workers, mostly to neighbors such as Japan and South Korea. Officials in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, recently boasted that they had cut that city's unemployment rate to 6% last year.
NEWS
March 12, 1998 | Associated Press
President Clinton granted Vietnam a waiver Wednesday of the 1974 Jackson-Vanik Amendment, which imposed trade restrictions on Communist governments as a penalty for limiting emigration. With the waiver, Vietnam becomes eligible to participate in U.S. export promotion and investment support programs, including those of the Export-Import Bank. This is expected to help American companies in Vietnam compete more effectively there.
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