Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau-Vietnam

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau-Vietnam

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HANOI, Vietnam - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Vietnam as part of a mission to strengthen ties in the Asia-Pacific region.

He landed in Hanoi for an official visit to a country that offers many business opportunities, but the pursuit of a more trade with Vietnam comes with pressure to have frank discussions about the communist government's human-rights record.

Vietnam, projected to see economic growth this year of 6.3 per cent, features a sturdy consumer base, an emerging business class and an expanding footprint in supply chains.

Trudeau will hold meetings Wednesday with civil society leaders, the country's prime minister (Nguyen Xuan Phuc) and Communist Party secretary general (Nguyen Phu Trong) before joining the country's president (Tran Dai Quang) for a state banquet. …

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