Going Back: More Trade With Vietnam

Just 10 days after lifting a ban on direct communication links with Vietnam, the State Dept. took two more big steps on Apr. 29 toward easing the 17-year U.S. embargo on trade with Hanoi. In a move that will benefit American pharmaceutical companies, the U.S. government will now permit sales of medical supplies and other goods that meet human needs.

The Bush Administration is also lifting all restrictions on private and nonprofit volunteer groups' activities in Vietnam. The Administration's actions came in response to increasing cooperation by Hanoi in accounting for missing U.S. soldiers.

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