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Old 06-26-2005, 08:13 AM
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Default Bush finally going to Vietnam!

Bush Vows Increased Ties With Vietnam

Protests Mark Leader's Visit to White House

By Jim VandeHeiWashington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 22, 2005; Page A01



Thirty years after the end of a war that divided the United States and ravaged his own country, Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai yesterday became the first leader of his nation to visit the White House and won promises from President Bush to bolster economic and military ties between the former enemies.


With hundreds of Vietnam War veterans and pro-democracy protesters rallying outside the White House gates, Bush announced plans to visit Vietnam next year and support Vietnam's admission to the World Trade Organization , a big victory for Khai


"This event, in itself, shows that Vietnam-U.S. relations have in fact entered a new stage of development," said Khai, the highest-ranking Vietnamese official to visit the White House since the Communists won the war in 1975. "I'm fully confident that my visit to America this time will help uplift the relationship between our two countries to a new height."


Disagreements remain. In a private meeting, Bush pushed Khai to try and do more to promote human rights and religious freedom in a country accused of stifling dissenting voices and people of faith, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. At a joint appearance with Bush, Khai attributed the differences to "the different conditions that we have, the different histories and cultures."


The protesters offered a much harsher assessment of Khai's Vietnam, waving signs saying, "Stop Religious Repression." In a full-page ad that ran in yesterday's Washington Post, a group called a Call for Democracy accused the ruling government of adhering to an "obsolescent Communist ideology" that smothers freedom.


Bush, in brief remarks to reporters, said the two leaders signed a "landmark agreement that will make it easier for people to worship freely in Vietnam." The president, whose stateside service in the National Guard during the Vietnam War was an issue in the 2004 election, praised Khai for his government's effort to help find the remains of more than 520 U.S. soldiers who were killed in Vietnam and never found.


Bush said he will visit Vietnam in 2006 when it hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum's annual summit, where world trade will be high on the agenda.


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Looks like the Chickenhawk-in-Chief will FINALLY make to Vietnam after all. How quaint.


It's my understanding that Prime Minister Phan Van Khai leaned over and whispered into Bush's ear, "Don't worry it's SAFE now, my people won't be shooting at you like they would have been when you were to scared to come over in the 1960's and 70's".


Now where in the HELL is all the outrage and condemnation of GEE-W for doing THIS!.......Like there was a few short years ago when Clinton re-established relations with these folks, HUH?? :cd: :cd:


Where's your outrage Republicans? Where's all the vitrolic conemnation of YOUR boy, huh? I guess it's OK for him though, right? :cd: :cd:



How silly of me. I simply forgot just how much you folks follow the "hypocritcal oath"! :re: :re:
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