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Monday, April 24, 2006

Vietnam treats Gates like a pop star

Thousands of Vietnamese students climbed trees or pushed against barricades to give Microsoft founder Bill Gates a pop star's welcome in Hanoi.

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and President Tran Duc Luong took time away from the ruling Communist Party National Congress, the most important event on the political calendar, to welcome Gates. The eight-day meeting ends on April 25.

Khai, after outlining Vietnam's 20-year-long reforms that took it from a centrally planned economy to one driven by markets, told Gates: "I'm ready to listen to your advice."

See the complete video news on Reuters website.


(Excerpts drawn from: www.reuters.com)

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