VIETNAM: TO BURY THE PAST

VIETNAM'S PRIME MINISTER ON THE NEXT 20 YEARS

THE REVIEWING STANDS ARE UP; THE COMMEMORATIVE billboards are in place along the parade route and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is bracing for the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Network stars and war correspondents such as Dan Rather and Peter Arnett will be reporting from the roof of the old U.S. embassy and the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Veterans' groups and congressional fact-finding delegations are swarming over the country. Instead of simply reliving the war, though, the visitors are discovering the new Vietnam, where rooftop satellite dishes and joint-venture hotels signal the emergence of one...

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