Vietnam Halts Debate After Protests Against Chinese Investments

Vietnam suspended debate this week over a legislative bill that could bring a flood of investment from old foe China. The move followed several days of massive protests sparked by concerns the bill would invite what demonstrators believe would be a dangerous level of Chinese investment.

The bill would allow foreigners, mostly Chinese investors, to lease land for up to 99 years in three special economic zones. The National Assembly had been discussing the bill since November.

Protesters worried that 99-year leases would "pave the way" for Chinese influence, said Trung Nguyen,...

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By: VOA - 6 days ago

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