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Section: General News - It has been 35 years since North Vietnamese forces took over the capital of what was then South Vietnam, ending a long and bloody war with the United States. Today, a unified Vietnam is focused on free market economic reforms, while maintaining its communist political system. That presents roadblocks to closer ties and more trade with its onetime enemy - the United States.
These days, Vietnam is more concerned with dollars and cents than with war and peace. Trade and economic issues dominate the concerns of the government. And they dominate the relationship between Vietnam and the United States.
But it has not been an easy road for Vietnam …