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General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, right, and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, are preparing for the Communist Party of Vietnam's next congress. The meeting will decide the leadership lineup and goals for the next five years.   © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images
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Vietnam's Communists brace for next 5 years after big 2020

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TOMOYA ONISHI, Nikkei staff writer | Vietnam

HANOI -- Vietnam's leaders are among the few who can call 2020 a success.

Now they aim to carry the country's momentum into 2021, when a crucial political meeting will set a course for the next five years -- and potentially further cement their grip on the young, growing and economically vibrant nation of nearly 100 million people.

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