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APEC Summit of Asia-Pacific Leaders Opens in Vietnam


U.S. President Bush and other leaders and ministers of 20 economies are attending an annual summit in Hanoi of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping. Trade, regional security and North Korea's nuclear weapons program are dominating the agenda.

Traditional Vietnamese music, banquets and other ceremonies have marked the run-up to the summit, which opened Saturday. Security has been tight at Hanoi's gleaming new National Convention Center, a 260-million-dollar facility that showcases Vietnam's economic boom.

On the eve of the summit, Vietnam's president, Nguyen Minh Triet, welcomed business leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region, saying his country wants to increase its participation in global trade.

The Vietnamese leader says, Vietnam is doing its best to create an open and favorable environment for foreign investors in his country.

The focus is on trade, but this year's agenda has been dominated largely by sideline discussions on North Korea's October 9th nuclear test.

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