- 01 Feb 08
40 years after the Viet Cong outsmarted the most powerful army on earth, a new generation of Vietnamese are welcoming western dollars.
Here comes the year of the rat. That’s what 2008 is for the Chinese and the Vietnamese. As it unfolds we’ll hear loads about the Olympics in Beijing. But past events will also feature – the 90th anniversary of the end of the first World War, the 80th anniversary of the Wall Street crash (so relevant again), the 60th anniversary of the first Arab-Israeli war from which so much of the modern world’s angsts derive, and the 40th anniversary of the May riots in Paris that angrily upended the idea of peace and love…