The citizens of Vietnam today celebrated their independence day.
Vietnam has been an agricultural civilization based on wet rice cultivating. The Vietnam War had destroyed much of the country’s economy. However, when in power, the Government created a planned economy for the nation, according to Wikipedia.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Vietnam on their National Day.
“I was honored to visit Vietnam twice in 2010 and to see the dynamic spirit and optimism of the Vietnamese people firsthand. Over the last year our countries have continued to collaborate, working to broaden our cooperation and build a strategic partnership between Vietnam and the United States.” -Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton stressed that both countries are working together on a growing array of important issues, from enhancing their dialogue on human rights and responding to HIV/AIDS to protecting the environment, bolstering trade and improving their shared security.
She highlighted that US-Vietnam relationship is based on mutual respect and their common commitment to increasing the stability and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region. She noted that the United States will continue to be Vietnam’s friend and partner as they create a new future of regional and global cooperation to seize the opportunities and address the challenges before them.
“On this festive occasion, I wish all Vietnamese people peace and prosperity in the coming year.” -Ms. Clinton
Bicycles, motor scooters and motorcycles are most popular forms of road transport in Vietnam’s cities, towns, and villages. The number of privately owned automobiles is also on the rise especially in the larger cities.