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Anti-Graft Crackdown Pushes Vietnam’s Fearful Bureaucrats to 'Do Nothing’

  • Graft crackdown disrupts routine approvals for investments
  • Leaders struggle to get agencies to spend approved funds
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Vietnam’s Communist Party is growing alarmed about a new mantra taking hold among bureaucrats: Do a lot, get in trouble for a lot. Do less, get in trouble for less. Do nothing, get in trouble for nothing. 

Increasingly, they’re choosing the last option — and it’s weighing on one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies.