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Summit throws spotlight on Vietnam as strategic player

It is emerging as a key US partner in region and as a role model of opening up and reforms

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With days to go before the highly anticipated second meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes place in Hanoi, the summit venue has sparked a fervent guessing game.

Just like in Singapore last year, when the two leaders shook hands for the first time, the meeting location will be kept under wraps until the last minute.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2019, with the headline Summit throws spotlight on Vietnam as strategic player. Subscribe