U.S. President Barack Obama headed for his first visit to Vietnam

By Matt Spetalnick and Mai Nguyen. ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE/HANOI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday headed for his first visit to Vietnam, a trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region. Google+

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Author: © Carlos Barria / ReutersCaption: U.S. President Barack Obama walks from Marine One to board Air Force One to depart for Vietnam and Japan from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Four decades after a war with Vietnam that deeply divided opinion in America, Obama aims to boost defence and economic ties with the country’s communist rulers while also prodding them on human rights, aides say.


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