• France begins its colonial rule in Vietnam.

  • Ho Chi Minh announces Vietnam's independence from France

  • The U.S. ends its 30-year trade embargo with Vietnam.

  • Vietnam and U.S. restore full diplomatic relations. Vietnam becomes full member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

  • The U.S. and Vietnam begin a trade agreement, which normalizes trade between the two countries. 

  • Vietnam joins the World Trade Organization. Also, the government approves a $33 billion plan to build a high-speed rail link between the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

  • After years of stagnation, Vietnam's economy grows by 5.14% in the first three quarters of the year.


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