Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Latest Asian Economic Tiger: Vietnam

From today's NY Times, an article about Vietnam's roaring economy:

In the three decades since Vietnam has gone from communism to a form of capitalism, it has begun surpassing many neighbors. It has Asia’s second-fastest-growing economy, with 8.4 percent growth last year, trailing only China’s, and the pace of exports to the United States is rising faster than even China’s. Through the end of last year; Vietnam’s growth rate exceeded that of Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and even India, its closest rival.

American companies like Intel and Nike, and investors across the region, are pouring billions of dollars into the country; overseas Vietnamese are returning to run the ventures.

The Vietnamese government, like China’s, has embraced capitalism after becoming disillusioned with the widespread poverty and sometimes hunger that accompanied tight state control of the economy. Economic liberalization policies have been pursued in earnest since the early 90’s, after poor harvests and economic mismanagement left millions facing malnutrition in 1990.

Bottom Line: The biggest difference between capitalism and socialism is this: Capitalism works.

2 Comments:

At 10/25/2006 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vietnam is still a police state. Mistake it for something else and the police will correct you. Liberalized economics is not liberalized government.

 
At 10/26/2006 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If "capitalism works" then how come we have tens of thousands of people who are homeless in this country? How about tens of millions of people who do not have health insurance?

I guess capitalism works for people who have six digit salaries!!

 

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