Time for America to Pay its War Debt

As Hanoi’s ties with Washington reach new heights, Vietnamese Agent Orange victims await compensation

By: Michael Hart

On 28 July, the US Department of the Treasury confirmed that Vietnam had paid-off $145m in wartime debts accrued by the defeated Republic of Vietnam regime in Saigon. Hanoi had been paying the sum in yearly installments since striking a deal with Washington in 1997, whereby it agreed to take on South Vietnam’s pre-1975 debts in exchange …

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