Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Vietnam was under Chinese control for a thousand years before becoming a nation-state in the 10th century. Successive dynasties flourished along with geographic and political expansion deeper into Southeast Asia, until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. The French were expelled in the mid-20th century, leaving a nation divided politically into two countries. Bitter fighting between the two sides continued during the Vietnam War, ending with a communist victory in 1975. In 1986, Vietnam instituted economic and political reforms and began a path towards international reintegration. By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world in the past decade. Tourism is centered on Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in the north, Hue and Da Nang in the center, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south.

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