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Hagel Set for Vietnam Embrace as Wary Asia Eyes Rising China

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel served in Southeast Asia as a U.S. Army sergeant, Nguyen Tan Dung fought to expel him and other American troops from Vietnam.

More than four decades later, Dung, 63, is Vietnam’s prime minister. He will be among the Asian leaders seeking Hagel’s reassurance that the U.S. will maintain a strong regional presence to counter a more assertive China.