Each is a case of governments evolving together, inching toward their socialist aspirations where oppression is relegated to the past.
30 years into a program of "renewal" of its socialist system, Vietnam faces a world dominated by free trade agreements, competition, and global capital.
The Vietnamese government is moving forward under Doi Moi with a set of free-market reforms with a socialist orientation.
Vietnam is moving forward in resolving the dispute using its principle of "Peace and Cooperation," but the U.S. is holding naval exercises in the region.
Today, primary education is compulsory and tuition "free," and according to statistics, the national literacy rate in Vietnam has reached 97.3 percent for those aged 15-50.
Tu Du Hospital has received and raised 500 children who live with the results of birth defects and other injuries from chemical warfare in Vietnam.
Three decades have passed since Vietnam first embarked on the process of economic opening and reform known as Doi Moi, or "Renovation."
In 1945, after Japan's surrender in World War II, Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh proclaimed independence of Vietnam from France and the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
The United States has never ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the peaceful means to settle disputes.
Forty years after the American war in Vietnam ended in ignominious defeat, the traces of that terrible conflict are disappearing.