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International relations

US and Vietnam look to improve ties, with China in sight

Hanoi summit is meant as a signal of U.S. commitment to Southeast Asia

The U.S. and Vietnam look to improve ties.   © Reuters

HANOI -- U.S. President Donald Trump is set to hold summit talks with Vietnamese leaders Wednesday, a move that analysts say underscores a key initiative of his administration -- countering China's growing influence in the region.

The meetings, with Communist Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, will be followed by more regional diplomacy. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is accompanying Trump on his trip, is expected to visit the Philippines after Hanoi, while National Security Adviser John Bolton is reportedly visiting Australia.

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