News Summary: Land conflicts stunt Vietnam plans

AP News

5/24/2012 12:35:29 PM - AP News

DEVELOPMENT BLOCKED: Construction foreman Do Quoc Tai and his neighbors have strong-armed the Vietnamese government, blocking a major ring road in Hanoi that's a symbol of the country's push to modernize.

PAYMENTS: Building a nearby stretch of road less than a mile long took a decade, largely because residents resisted low payments until authorities relented and increased compensation.

CONTEXT: Experts say inadequate roads and public transportation in Hanoi and other cities blocks the social and economic progress of a country where widespread poverty persists despite fast growth in recent years. They predict that traffic will worsen in the coming decade.