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Help wanted: Tech firms in Vietnam seek Chinese speakers

Apple suppliers, garment makers fleeing China-U.S. tension hire bilingual talent

Shoppers browse Apple products in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam has increased production for the iPhone maker, with suppliers moving from China and Taiwan and hiring local Chinese speakers. (Photo by Lien Hoang)

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Nguyen Thi Hoa's rice farmer parents thought their daughter could have a better life if she learned English to get a job. She chose Chinese instead and is now in her final year of college in Vietnam. Her timing could hardly have been better.

From Apple suppliers Foxconn and GoerTek to makers of tires and textiles, a boom of investment from greater China has hit Vietnam and set off a scramble for staff members with exactly Hoa's skills.

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