Công Hòa Xa Hôi Chú Nghia Viêt Nam
Vietnam occupies the eastern and southern part of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia, with the South China Sea along its entire coast. China is to the north and Laos and Cambodia are to the west. The Mekong River delta lies in the south.
The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the Communist North and anti Communist South. The country continues to experience protests from various groups - such as the Protestant Montagnard ethnic minority population of the Central Highlands and the Hoa Hao Buddhists in southern Vietnam over religious persecution. Vietnam became the 150th member of the World Trade Organization in January 2007.
Unitary socialist republic,
-General Secretary of the CPV Nguyễn Phú Trọng
-President Nguyễn Minh Triết - Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
-Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyễn Phú Trọng
-Chairman of the Fatherland Front Huỳnh Đảm
Total 331.698 km2 (65th) 128,565 sq mi
July 2011 est. census 90,549,390 (13th)
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