VIET NAM: Here, Everyone Suffers Equally'

In Hanoi, Ho and hardship are still omnipresent

Ever since Saigon fell in 1975, Viet Nam has been almost completely closed to Americans. In the past month, though, Hanoi's leaders have welcomed successive visits by two U.S. congressional delegations in a renewed campaign to win friends in Washington and secure U.S. diplomatic recognition. TIME Correspondent David DeVoss, who accompanied one of the groups, was permitted to stay on in the Communist capital through last week. His report:

Every morning at 6 a.m. loudspeakers on the ornate clock tower above Hanoi's Central Post...

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