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Social media lets Vietnamese vent like never before

Growing gulf between rich and poor feeds frustration

Luxury cars parked at the Ministry of Finance in Hanoi (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

HANOI Rapid economic development is widening the gap between Vietnam's haves and have-nots. This is sowing discontent at a time when, thanks to the spread of smartphones and social media, citizens are airing their grievances and holding leaders accountable like never before.

The government launched its fabled Doi Moi reforms in the 1980s with the goal of creating a "socialist-oriented market economy." These measures paved the way for the fast growth the Southeast Asian country is experiencing today.

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