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Vietnam occupies the eastern coast of the Southeast Asian peninsula. It is bordered by the South China Sea on the west and south, China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. The terrain of Vietnam is varied, with mountainous regions, thick forested areas, and lowlands leading down from the rugged mountains to coastal plains and river deltas. Major Vietnamese cities include Hanoi in the north, Da Nang in the mid coastal region, and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) to the south.
In 2000, the population of Vietnam was 78.5 million people. The majority Viet (Kinh) people account for 87% of the country’s population and mainly inhabit the Red River delta, the central coastal delta, the Mekong delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups, totaling over 8 million people, are scattered over mountain areas (covering two-thirds of the country’s territory) spreading from the North to the South. These groups include the Tay, Thai, Muong, Hoa, Khmer, Nung, Hmong, Mien, Cham, Brau, Roman, and Odu (Embassy of Vietnam, London/United Kingdom, 2007).
A lack of political cohesiveness between the north and south is not a recent development. The Mekong delta, which had been under Cambodian control, was seized in the sixteenth century by a Vietnamese clan who was constantly fighting a clan to the north. This conflict divided Vietnam at about the seventeenth parallel (the same division between North and South Vietnam in the twentieth century) and lasted for the next two hundred years.