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Va. Bill Promoting S. Vietnam Flag Dies
AP via ^ | 02/17/2003

Posted on 02/17/2003 5:03:48 PM PST by GeneD

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A bill in the Virginia legislature that promotes the flag of the former South Vietnam died in a subcommittee after federal officials warned lawmakers it could damage relations between the United States and Vietnam.

Sen. Malfourd Trumbo said Monday that the bill will not face a vote before Monday's midnight deadline for action.

The measure sparked concern among officials in Vietnam and the State Department after it passed the House of Delegates last month. State Department officials urged several legislators to kill the bill.

In a Feb. 5 letter addressed to bill sponsor Del. Robert Hull, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said the legislation could have "potentially serious adverse consequences" on the way the United States conducts foreign policy, and could encourage similar action by other aggrieved ethnic groups living in the United States.

"The United States has made great strides in overcoming the aftermath of war with Vietnam," Armitage wrote. "Passage of this legislation would set back the progress we have made over the past decade."

On Friday, Secretary of State Colin Powell sent a letter to Vietnamese officials assuring them the State Department had expressed its concerns to the Virginia Legislature.

Hull criticized the federal intervention.

"If the State Department had not contacted the members of the Senate, it wouldn't have reinforced the international implications, and they wouldn't want to shy away from it," Hull said.

The Democrat said the bill was requested by his Vietnamese-American constituents, who find the current Vietnamese flag -- a yellow star on a crimson background -- an insult.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: colinpowell; malfourdtrumbo; richardarmitage; roberthull; southvietnam; statedepartment; vageneralassembly; vietnam; vietnamflag

1 posted on 02/17/2003 5:03:49 PM PST by GeneD
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To: GeneD
Isn't Vietnam communist now? What is this country thinking we don't want to insult them. Man oh man!
2 posted on 02/17/2003 7:49:54 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: Travis McGee
Vietnam to develop strategic partnership with Moscow

The aim of the forthcoming visit to Russia by Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party Nong Duc Manh is "the further development of strategic partnership" between the two countries, Vietnamese Vice Premier Vu Khoan told Russian journalists. Nong Duc Manh is to arrive in Russia on October 9. "The situation in the Asia-Pacific region needs permanent attention. Russia and Vietnam have common viewpoints on many issues, and we should coordinate our actions in order to make our contributions into the consolidation of peace in Asia and all over the world," Vu Khoan said.

Many bilateral issues should be solved at the top level, Vu Khoan stressed. On the whole, the cooperation is developing in all spheres, however, there are many neglected reserves, he noted. "Our Secretary-General will discuss this problem with the Russian President and other top officials," the vice premier said.

Trade and economic relations are the priority of bilateral contacts, Vu Khoan noted. "Russia is a country with a huge potential, and the annual $500 million volume of Russian-Vietnamese trade turnover is not normal, while the Vietnamese-US turnover is 1.5 billion dollars and the Vietnamese-Chinese turnover is 3 billion dollars," the vice premier said.

According to Vu Khoan, the period of stagnation in Russian-Vietnamese relations is over. "Joint oil and gas prospecting and production, ensuring major incomes to both sides, indicate to this fact," he said. However, the volume of bilateral cooperation is still unsatisfactory, Vu Khoan added. "There were many discussions on the creation of a free trade area. We would like to achieve some progress on this issue," the vice premier.
from a russia site and we care what Vietnam thinks and we might hurt our relationship with them? Am I ready a story or a bad dream?
3 posted on 02/17/2003 7:55:05 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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Why do we care what red VN thinks?
4 posted on 02/17/2003 9:00:24 PM PST by Travis McGee (
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To: Travis McGee
Powell seems to care and I wonder why and it is really bugging me now?
5 posted on 02/17/2003 9:01:45 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: GeneD
The South (Vietnam) shall rise again!
6 posted on 02/18/2003 11:07:37 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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