As Silicon Valley welcomed Vietnam leader, Hanoi tightened tech laws – Nikkei Asia

One-party state ushers in Big Tech with one hand, reins in internet with other
HO CHI MINH CITY — Last month Vietnam’s leader held a series of meetings in California, from a tete-a-tete with Apple CEO Tim Cook to a gift exchange at Google’s campus, to tell Silicon Valley his country is open for business. Simultaneously, at home on the other side of the Pacific, its one-party government was drafting internet rules that sent jitters through the technology sector.
Vietnam’s activities on opposite sides of the ocean lay bare two competing ambitions — one to digitize the fast-growing economy of 99 million people, the other to keep the web under its thumb.
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