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Week 8 Part two-Vietnam and Great Powers

Week 8 Part two-Vietnam and Great Powers - Week 8 Vietnam...

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Week 8 Vietnam and Great Powers How has Vietnam, a major regional state, respond to China’s rise? Vietnam’s economic development Vietnam’s adaptation to China’s rise Vietnam’s strategies toward great powers
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Discussion questions How does China’s rise from early 1990s up to now differ from Japan’s during the two decades that preceded it? According to Overholt, why have South Korea and Southeast Asian neighbors viewed China’s rise more positively than Japan’s? And what are the main weaknesses inherent in Japanese socio-cultural worldviews that would hinder Japan’s rise to be the predominant power in Asia in the future?
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Doi Moi “Innovation” Why was Doi Moi adopted in 1986, and how has it been maintained over the past two decades? The late former PM Vo Van Kiet’s brainchild during his premiership, 1991-97. The West praised Kiet’s economic reform and opening, and the US established normal relations with Vietnam in 1995. Vietnam’s economic reform continued after his death on June 12, 2006.
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New Experiment GS Le Duan’s “District Fortress”—a community consumed what it can produce in their own district—led to starvation. The “Fence-breaking”—contracted land to farmers and purchased their rice based on market prices for export—introduced by local Party Secretary in the agricultural sector to address severe food shortage in early 1980s. By the 6 th Party Congress in 1986, reform mindset prevailed after Le Duan died that same year.
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Explaining Doi Moi The occupation of Cambodia proved to be costly and drained Vietnam’s resources, and the Soviet aid was substantially reduced. Rather than the reformists winning over the conservatives (those loyal to Marxist-Leninist ideology), the conservatives were persuaded and convinced by local party leaders to accept gradual economic reform beginning in 1985.
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Collective Decision-Making Style 2006-2008: Le Duc Manh was in his second term as GS of the VCP, and Nguyen Minh Triet as President and Nguyen Tan Dung as PM.
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