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Trade war

Vietnam's economy gains as companies flee China in trade war

GDP grew 6.79% in first quarter as exports to US surged

Vietnamese apparel exports to the U.S. have surged amid the superpower's trade war with China.   © Reuters

HANOI -- The U.S. trade war with Beijing continues to boost the Vietnamese economy as companies dodge tariffs by relocating production here from mainland China, fueling a sharp increase in exports to America.

Vietnam's real gross domestic product climbed 6.79% on the year during the first three months of 2019, the government said Friday. The country enjoyed its second strongest first-quarter growth in the past decade, surpassed only by the 7.45% rate in 2018.

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