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Vietnam's corruption crackdown is targeting the powerful. Has it gone too far?

BEIJING - The world learned of Vietnam's anti-corruption drive on a warm summer day in Berlin, when park visitors reportedly watched as agents crammed a Vietnamese oil executive into a car.

Germany accused the Vietnamese Embassy of helping kidnap Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of a construction company tied to state energy giant PetroVietnam. Vietnamese officials say he returned home voluntarily after a year on the run.

The controversy demonstrated the lengths to which Vietnam would go in its pursuit of high-level graft. Thanh now stands trial - alongside the most senior Communist Party official

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