US President Arrives in Ha Noi to Forge Ties

George W. Bush, the second US president to visit Viet Nam since 1975, begins talks today with Vietnamese leaders during his three days of talks with members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Vietnamese women present flowers to US President Bush and the first lady. (Photo: AFP)
Air Force One landed at Noi Bai Airport at about 10:30 am and a red carpet was rolled out to welcome the US President.

In the afternoon, Mr. Bush was scheduled to discuss with Vietnamese leaders economic and market reforms, security and military cooperation, health concerns and other issues. He is due to meet with Australian Prime Minister John Howard also in the afternoon.

He is attending the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Ha Noi on Saturday and Sunday, which will focus on the drive for global free trade.

On the sideline, he will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Republic of Korea’s President Roh Moo Hyun on Saturday; then with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday.

On the Sunday night Mr. Bush will fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s southern economic hub.

The next day, he will visit the city’s stock exchange, attend a round table meeting with Vietnamese and US economic leaders, and visit some places. He will fly to Indonesia in the afternoon.

Source: Tuoi Tre – Translated by Minh Tuong

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