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Kamala Harris in Hanoi: Doubts over US commitment gain little traction in Vietnam

US Vice-President Kamala Harris meets civil society change makers in Hanoi, on Aug 26, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - When helicopters were used to evacuate United States diplomats from Kabul in mid-August, it was hard not to compare this with their dramatic departure from Saigon some 46 years ago, at the end of the Vietnam War.

But both Hanoi and Washington were eager to bury any such ill-timed analogy during the visit of US Vice-President Kamala Harris to the region this week. And they pulled it off.

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