One Step at a Time

U.S. firms can open offices, but they still can't do business with Vietnam

GEORGE BUSH HAS DECIDED TO MOVE ONE SQUARE forward on the "road map" he uses to guide the improvement of U.S. ties to Vietnam. With Hanoi opening its archival records of missing G.I.s and returning their remains, he has permitted American firms to open offices and sign contracts for future business. Though a U.S. embargo still bars them from buying or selling goods and services, American companies are glad they can start to establish a presence in Vietnam. For its part, Hanoi wants Washington to stop blocking World Bank loans crucial to Vietnam's development. U.S. officials hope more trade will help...

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