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    US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 24, 2016.

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    FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) visits the village of Kien Vang along the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam, Dec. 15, 2013.

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    A man reads a newspaper containing news about Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour at a stall in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 23, 2016.

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    A investor looks at stock market screens at a securities company in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 20, 2016.

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    China's Premier Li Keqiang, center, delivers a speech at the First World Conference on Tourism for Development at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Thursday, May 19, 2016.

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    Some of Vietnam's small high tech firms are getting a boost from investors including one called "500 Startups." Eddie Thai is a partner with the investment firm, and a Vietnamese-American. He is based in Ho Chi Minh City.
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    Video Vietnam's Small Startups Get A Boost

    Some of Vietnam's small high tech firms are getting a boost from investors including one called "500 Startups." Eddie Thai is a partner with the investment firm, and a Vietnamese-American. He is based in Ho Chi Minh City.
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    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

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    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

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    Video Vietnam Pressures Obama to Lift Arms Embargo

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    Video Vietnamese Refugee Turned Entrepreneur Invests in Old Country

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