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Can US Push Countries Toward Change?

In a letter sent to President Barack Obama before his trip this week, Human Rights Watch called Vietnam a police state that has one of the most repressive governments in the world. The U.S. leader saw the repression firsthand, with authorities rounding up activists just hours before he was set to meet with them. “We do believe in certain universal values, and it’s important for us to speak out on behalf of those values wherever we go,” Obama said as he sat down Tuesday with six civil...

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