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Vietnam protests over feared 99-year leases for China

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PROTESTS blocked streets in several major Vietnamese cities on Sunday over plans for new special economic zones, which many fear would be dominated by investment from Chinese firms.

The draft law would allow 99-year concessions to be leased to foreign firms, as part of an initiative to open three new economic zones providing incentives and fewer restrictions announced by Vietnam last May.

About 40-50 protesters gathered at Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake holding placards reading “Protest against the draft law on special economic zones”. The demonstrators carried anti-China banners, including one that said “No leasing land to China even for........

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