Hours after Japan’s surrender in World War II, Vietnamese communist Ho Chi Minh declares the independence of Vietnam from France.
Why did Vietnam want independence from France?
The reason for that is that the Vietnamese wanted to be free and independent just like people from just about every country want to be. The Vietnamese had been ruled by foreign countries for quite some time by the time WWII ended.
Is Vietnam still communist?
Government of Vietnam
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a one-party state. A new state constitution was approved in April 1992, replacing the 1975 version. The central role of the Communist Party was reasserted in all organs of government, politics and society.
Why did the US get involved in Vietnam?
China had become communist in 1949 and communists were in control of North Vietnam. The USA was afraid that communism would spread to South Vietnam and then the rest of Asia. It decided to send money, supplies and military advisers to help the South Vietnamese Government.
Why is Vietnam so poor?
The majority of the poor are farmers. In 1998 almost 80 percent of the poor worked in agriculture. The majority of the poor live in rural, isolated, mountainous or disaster prone areas, where physical infrastructure and public service are relatively undeveloped. The poor often lack production means and cultivated land.