Today Vietnam marks 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War. On April 30 1975, two years after the US stopped aiding South Vietnam, North Vietnamese tanks smashed down the gates of the presidential palace in Saigon. The South Vietnamese president awaiting them on the steps of the palace tried to officially give up power, but was told “Your power has crumbled. You cannot give up what you do not have”. With that, the 30 year long struggle for independence and unity was complete.
Vietnam today is incredibly different. Its economy is booming, American tourists are everywhere, and Chinese dominance is now its biggest worry. However, the legacy of the war can still be seen on almost every street. To commemorate 40 years since the war ended, these are a selection of photos I took there in April 2013, showing the numerous faces of modern Vietnam. Continue reading
This week it’s been a struggle to find a single news story that I can really get into on this blog. Events are either continuing that I’ve written plenty on, or are once off events that are hard to come up with much background for. So this Wednesday, here are some events or articles from across the world that I simply found interesting.
While in recent weeks Chinese ships, planes and even satellites have been working alongside their South East Asian neighbours to find missing flight MH370, relations between the countries are not doing well. Earlier this year the Philippines took China to the Permanent Court of Arbitration here in The Hague. They are protesting China’s claim to a large part of the South China Sea, and have decided to take the disagreement to an international level. China on the other hand has refused to take part, saying the court cannot get involved in the matter and showing its anger with the Philippines earlier this week. So what has got these nations in such a fuss? Who has the law on their side? And what does this say about China’s role in Asia?
Areas claimed by different nations