Asia-Pacific

Jul 13, 2012

‘Softly-softly’ policy on Vietnam sparks debate

A visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Vietnam on July 10 has drawn a stark contrast to Australia's "softly softly" approach on Vietnamese human rights.

A visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Vietnam on July 10 has drawn a stark contrast to the way that Australia handles human rights concerns about the south-east Asian nation.

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  1. Bill Hilliger

    WTF the US and human rights, remember napalm, agent orange Kom Pong Som cages. The evil nation lecturing on human rights, it’s a joke!

  2. michael r james

    Bill Hilliger,

    Not to mention the huge number of unexploded munitions, not just in VN but also landmines in Laos along the border with VN (reputedly the highest density in the world) which maim and kill people every day. Many victims are children who are messing around in little disturbed scrub.

    We can give some credit to Bill Clinton who finally re-established relations with VN but the hypocrisy of the US knows no bounds. Laos and Cambodia have still to recover from the American war. At least VN has made great strides and astoundingly–unlike the US–holds no grudges against the most powerful military force in the world and their fellow travellers.

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