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Vietnam's economic zones derailed by anti-China protests

Government says policies do not favor Beijing, but public's concern grows

Police dispersed a protest in Hanoi in June over the draft special economic zone law, which was viewed as favoring China.
Police dispersed a protest in Hanoi in June over the draft special economic zone law, which was viewed as favoring China.   © Reuters

HANOI -- The Vietnamese government's plan to open the country's first three special economic zones have been stalled until next year at the earliest due to large demonstrations by those wary of an influx of Chinese businesses.

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