“Soon, Vietnam will strictly limit, or may stop issuing news licenses for 100-percent foreign owned banks in the country,” Hue said in a statement posted on the government website.

Hue said foreign investors will still be allowed to buy and own existing weak local banks, according to the statement.

Vietnam has so licensed around 10 wholly-foreign-owned banks, such as HSBC Vietnam, Standard Chartered Vietnam, Hong Leong Vietnam, CIMB Vietnam, according to the State bank of Vietnam.

Reuters - August 9, 2018