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SEA Games a showcase of Vietnam's recovery - and a welcome distraction

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The last time Vietnam hosted the South-east Asia Games, in 2003, the communist country was eager to showcase the results of its economic reform and integration with the wider region.

Yesterday, as the Games returned to Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium for the opening ceremony, they were a declaration of Vietnam's full reopening after surmounting the Covid-19 crisis.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2022, with the headline SEA Games a showcase of Vietnam's recovery - and a welcome distraction. Subscribe