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Cuba's Raul Castro arrives in Vietnam
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7 July 2012
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Cuban President Raul Castro has arrived in Vietnam on a four-day visit aimed at boosting ties between the longtime Communist allies.
Castro arrived in Hanoi on Saturday from China, where he met with leaders and signed a series of economic agreements.
The Asian visits are seen as a chance for Castro to see Vietnam and China's mix of capitalism and socialism at work. The two countries have embraced market economy reforms and experienced rapid development, while Cuba has remained largely poor.
Castro last visited Vietnam in 2005 as defense minister, a title he held from 1959 until replacing his older brother, Fidel, as president in 2008.
Vietnam supplies the bulk of Cuba's rice imports, and two-way trade totaled $274 million last year.
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