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Vietnam versus China; Surprising Chinese Transparency

Vietnam versus China They are both Communist-governed countries, but China more centrally controls its economy than does Vietnam. Beijing rationalizes its control as a socialist market economy (SME), whereas Hanoi is less interested in dirigisme, choosing to micromanage much less. In fact, while Beijing announced earlier this year a liberalization in foreign investment rules, it is Vietnam that is opening more broadly. Foreign ownership of Chinese equities traded on stock exchanges has been stuck at 2 percent, according to the China Daily. Investment in agricultural food processing and beverage manufacturing can only be done through joint ventures where foreign investors are limited to minority roles. By contrast, foreign investors own ne...

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