US commerce secretary begins Vietnam visit to boost trade

(AP) HANOI, Vietnam – U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez arrived in Vietnam on Sunday on a three-day visit to expand economic ties between the United States and its former foe, the U.S. Embassy said.

Gutierrez and a delegation of U.S. trade officials and business leaders landed late Sunday night in Hanoi, said Nguyen Xuan Toan, a customs official with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

Gutierrez is expected to meet with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President Nguyen Minh Triet on Monday, accompanied by representatives from 23 U.S. businesses including Dow Chemical Co., Ford Motor Co. 3M Co., Alcoa Inc., and Northwest Airlines Corp.

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