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U.S. upgrades Vietnam ties as Biden blasts China for 'changing rules'

Washington not out to 'hurt' China while seeking greater Vietnam trade

U.S. President Joe Biden attends a meeting with Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on Sept. 10.   © Reuters

HO CHI MINH CITY -- U.S. President Joe Biden denied trying to "hurt" China as he upgraded ties with Vietnam on Sunday, seeking to boost trade while navigating a thicket of challenges from human rights to climate and geoeconomic competition.

Hanoi and Washington raised their relationship two levels, to a "comprehensive strategic partnership," in a meeting between Biden and Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong in the Vietnamese capital.

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