(Garden Grove, CA) Today, Senator Janet Nguyen sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to put pressure on Vietnam as that country develops Special Economic Zones (SEZ). SEZs are special zones that Vietnam is seeking to create in Van Don, North Van Phong and Phu Quoc to attract foreign investors by offering exemptions and extended land leases that could last up to 99 years. Senator Nguyen is specifically concerned that the SEZs will allow countries like China to have a foreign presence in Vietnam that could destabilize peace in the region.
“By allowing a long standing foreign presence within its borders, Vietnam is opening the door to disputes that could further deteriorate peace in this critical region of the world. Additionally, the potential presence of a country like China, which has a dismal human rights record, could further add to the deteriorating condition of human rights in Vietnam,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.
Laws governing SEZ’s are currently being reviewed by the National Assembly and a vote is slated to take place in the coming weeks.
Below is a copy of Senator Nguyen’s letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo