Monday, June 25, 2007

The Washington Times June 24: Stop the Abuses in Vietnam

June 24, 2007

For the first time since the government of South Vietnam fell, a Vietnamese president visited the White House.

Invited by President Bush during his trip to Saigon last November, President Nguyen Minh Triet touted the recent economic progress his country has made, and pushed for further cooperation between our two countries. June 23: Visit by Vietnamese President Signals Normalization

June 23, 2007

Friday's unprecedented – albeit relatively low-profile – visit to the White House by a Vietnamese head of state marks the culmination of a lengthy normalization process between two countries that ended their war 32 years ago.

But while President Nguyen Minh Triet wants to talk mainly about how Washington can spur more US investment his fast-growing economy, his luncheon host, George W. Bush, is being pressed to steer the conversation more towards Vietnam's human rights record and an ongoing crackdown in which dozens of dissidents are believed to have been arrested around the country since the end of last year.