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U.S. will have to work hard to win over Vietnam's conservatives

Anti-American sentiments remain entrenched among certain groups

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The opening of 13th Communist Party Congress in Hanoi in January 2021: Suspicions of the U.S. agenda by Vietnamese hard-liners are not utterly groundless.   © VNA/AP

Dien Luong is visiting fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.

As Southeast Asian leaders, including Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, prepare to gather in Washington for a summit on May 12 hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden, much is being made of U.S. efforts to build stronger ties with Hanoi.

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