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Trump-Kim Summit

Kim to study Vietnam's economic reforms during visit

North Korean leader seeks growth while maintaining firm grip

HANOI -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be examining Vietnam closely during his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump here as he pursues a model for economic development under one-party rule.

Vietnam began to open up its economy in 1986 under the Doi Moi reforms. The policy called for welcoming foreign investment while maintaining the Communist Party's monopoly over politics. The country now boasts one of Southeast Asia's fastest-expanding economies with real growth of 7.08% last year.

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