Overseas Vietnamese call for Reforms in…

Thirty-six prominent Vietnamese living overseas have signed a sweeping open letter to Vietnam’s president, supporting local intellectuals and calling for fundamental reforms and democratization of the country. The letter is signed by doctors, lawyers, scientists, educators, artists and others from France, the United States, Canada and Switzerland. It is couched in unusual terms, starting off with a condemnation of China for what the group calls a consistent six-decade strategy ranging from “betraying Vietnam at the Geneva Conference in 1954, preventing the negotiation for a peaceful settlement between Vietnam and the United States in 1968, taking over the entire Paracel Islands by force in 1974, conducting a border war in 1979, and taking over part of the Spratly Islands by force in 1988.”

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