Political, legal and Social Situation in Vietnam Today

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_POLITICAL, LEGAL AND SOCIAL SITUATION IN VIETNAM TODAY_

After the Vietnam war Vietnam became communist in 1975. Even though a lot has changed since then, Vietnam continues to be a communist country today. The politic framework in Vietnam is a single party socialist republic. The communist party is in power today, it consist of a 14-member politburo (short for _Political Bureau_, executive organization for a number of political parties, most notably those of communists)� the members of the politburo were selected in an election in April 2006. The President of Vietnam is Nguyễn Minh Triết, and the Prime Minister Nguyễn Minh Triết.

FOREIGN POLICY

Around 1988 Vietnam was forced to reach out to non communist states as the eastern block was dismantled. Instead of focusing on socialist ideologies, Vietnam was now desperate for foreign investors. As a result relations between China and Vietnam became stronger, as well as relationships with Germany, Japan, US and the Southeast Asian countries. Since 1994 firms from these countries have invested big In Vietnam.

However under the economic crisis in Asia in the late 1990's there was a reluctance from the government to cooperate with foreign investors and their governments. The Vietnamese government was in denial on the economical crisis, and didn't realise they relied on the foreign investors. Help from other countries weren't accepted unless it fit the socialist vision. This led to conflicts between investors and government, and also heavy corruption.

Today Vietnam is a member of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) that has a goal to accelerate economic growth and development, and to obtain peace between the member states and strengthen their relationships. The ASEAN area is a free trade area, and forces Vietnam to constantly lower tariffs.

Vietnam has also recently opened doors to the US by signing "the United States-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement" in 2002, which allows for greater exports...
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