An earful of criticism, but will Vietna…

(http://vietnamica.blogspot.com) With Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet beginning his six-day official visit to the United States June 18, it is the first by a Vietnamese head of state to the US since the end of the Vietnam War 30 years ago. While it is a significant diplomatic breakthrough, however, it also saddles Triet with the unenviable task of defending his regime’s policies while trying to woo more American investors. Vietnam’s human rights record is being strongly criticized by human rights activists expressing their dismay at the government’s recent crackdown on dissent.

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