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Vietnam's hopes for growth as new leader chosen

17 January 2011 Last updated at 22:55 GMT

The Communist Party of Vietnam is meeting to choose a new leadership and agree how the country can continue its dramatic growth.

A few people are getting super-rich, but the wealth gap is widening and high inflation is just one of the problems now threatening the country.

As Alastair Leithead reports, some are questioning whether the mix of socialism and capitalism is holding Vietnam back.