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Vietnam's digital ambitions spur hopes among U.S. businesses

Country needs American tech to hit internet targets, lobby says

Apple is among U.S. investors in Vietnam, set to be the first country outside China to produce MacBooks, adding to the other Apple devices it already makes there. (Photo by Lien Hoang)

HO CHI MINH CITY -- U.S. companies expect that improving ties between Hanoi and Washington, along with Vietnam's ambitious targets for its digital economy, will carve out opportunities in a range of industries, from video streaming to defense.

That is the message from U.S.-ASEAN Business Council CEO Ted Osius, fresh from a trade mission to Hanoi that included representatives from Netflix, Facebook parent Meta, SpaceX, and Lockheed Martin.

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