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Phuong Nguyen -- For Vietnam and the US, the best is yet to come

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves his hand after giving an address at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, on May 24.   © Reuters

U.S. presidential visits to Vietnam, where America was involved in a long, brutal war that scarred its national consciousness, are bound to be emotional events. But when President Barack Obama visited Vietnam May 23-25, the high emotions on both sides had less to do with post-war reconciliation and more to do with exhilaration over the future possibilities for the former adversaries.

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