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Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties

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For Bill Clinton, the timing of President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must seem auspicious. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam.


   Not that Clinton needs a reminder -- he is in Vietnam to commemorate his largely forgotten breakthrough. He spoke as guest of honor Thursday night at a reception hosted by the U.S. Embassy to celebrate American Independence Day.


   The former president, in a speech reviewing U.S.-Vietnam cooperation, described normalization of relations as "one of the most important achievements of my presidency," and said it helped lift the spiritual burden that the Vietnam War had weighed on the American spirit.

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