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On Communists’ soil

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

With the arrival in Ho Chi Minh City I put my feet on the soil of a communist country for the first time (when excluding Hong Kong and Macao which are part of special zones).

Like other countries earlier, Vietnam has to open itself to attract foreign companies and tourists which both are very important to bring ‘hard money’ in to the country. Ironically, this is the US-Dollar, the currency of the country which was fighting over years against Vietnamese people.

Beside tourism, there is an other very important source of capital: the rice. It is produced mainly in the area of the Mekong delta.

Despite the fact that some internet pages like facebook are blocked, I do not have the feeling to be in a communist country. Streets are illumimated by the ads mounted on the walls of the buildings and all the well-known western brands are omnipresent. There are even KFCs.

This shows to me that it’s not possible to live communism without adding some bits of capitalism.