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Int'l media documents Viet Nam-US relationship

Vietnamese State President Nguyen Minh Triet's recently concluded trip to the US is continuing to receive prominent coverage from the world's media outlets.

Japanese media in particular ran stories calling talks between Vietnamese President Triet and US President George W.Bush at the White House on June 22 a new step in the countries relationship, as both sides look to the future and brush aside any residual bitterness from the Viet Nam War.

The "Yomiuri" daily said that during the meeting, President Bush welcomed increasingly warming relations with Viet Nam, and spoke highly of Viet Nam's transformation into one of the world's fastest growing economies.

Hong Kong's respected "Tai Yang" newspaper also published an article on June 24 stating that the Viet Nam-US relations have been on the rise and are expected to be cemented further as Viet Nam is striving to speed up its "open policy" in order to gain higher growth rate.

Thailand's "The Nation" wrote an editorial piece on the vastly changed landscape of political relations between the two countries stating that talks are now held in an atmosphere of openness that was reflected by Viet Nam's willingness to discuss and hold future dialogue with the US on human rights issues.

Entitled "Welcome Viet Nam," a commentary on Italy's "IPS" news agency said that the signing of the Viet Nam-US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between the two would usher in a new era of increased US investment into the Southeast Asian country.(VNA)


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