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Kerry travels to Vietnam

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has returned to Vietnam for a four-day trip to discuss trade and human rights issues with leaders there.

Kerry landed in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday, the city he knew as Saigon while serving as an officer in the Navy during the Vietnam War, Voice of America reported. From there he will travel to the capital Hanoi for three days of diplomatic talks.

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Kerry, whose political career began by speaking out against the war after his tour in Vietnam in 1968, has visited the country 13 times since being elected to the U.S. Senate. Many of his early trips focused on resolving lingering issues related to the war, including resolving cases of soldiers listed as missing in action, Sky News reported.

This is his first trip to Vietnam since being appointed the top U.S. diplomat.

In Ho Chi Minh City, Kerry is scheduled to meet with students and business owners to encourage the continuation of American investments in education and economic revitalization efforts undertaken by the United States in the decades since the war officials ended in 1973.

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From there he will travel to Hanoi, where international trade, human rights and ongoing maritime security issues are on the docket in the communist country. Vietnam and China have engaged in territorial disputes over the waters in the South China Sea.

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