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3/28/2009 HANOI-- Chinese products and workers, rather than those from Vietnam, are being used for key industrial projects in the fast-developing country, a report quoted top officials as saying Saturday.

The strong Chinese influence is contentious because there remains widespread distrust in Vietnam of its big neighbor and especially its territorial ambitions in the region.

“Chinese contractors have won numerous key projects in the electricity, cement, building and chemical sectors and sent thousands of workers and equipment to Vietnam,” Tran Ngoc Hung, president of Vietnam Construction Association, was quoted saying.

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