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Vietnam today, 35 years of progress

This is the title of a conference taking place on September 8th examining the advances the country has made since the end of the Vietnam War. Those taking part will include delegates from the country’s main union federation as well as British journalist Victoria Brittain.

Between 1964 and 1975 the Vietnam War became one of the military operations that most typified the Cold War. The conflict, which cost 60,000 lives, pitted so-called South Vietnam, together with the United Stated, against North Vietnam, which had the support of the communist bloc.

The war ended more than 35 years ago with the defeat of the capitalist bloc, and since then Vietnam has developed into an emerging economy through the implementation of a post-war “renovation policy”. In 1986 the country also opened itself up to free trade.

The purpose of the “Vietnam today, 35 years of progress” conference is to analyze the economic, social and political advances which have taken place in the country over the course of these 35 years. And it will include participation by delegates from the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), allowing for a closer examination of this period in the country’s history.

The VGCL is the only national federation of trades unions in Vietnam. It was founded in 1929 as the Red Workers’ General Union in North Vietnam and was extended into South Vietnam in 1976, when the conflict ended.

Also taking part will be journalist Victoria Brittain, an expert on the impact of Western policy during the Cold War and author of several books who currently writes for The Guardian.

The event will take place on Saturday September 8th starting at 11.00 AM in the Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/482890765056258/

(Translated by Viv Griffiths)

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