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Vietnam Won the Trump-Kim Summit

After hastily arranging the meeting between the U.S. and North Korean leaders, Vietnam got what it wanted.
Source: Jorge Silva / Reuters

HANOI—Vietnam was celebrating its Lunar New Year holiday when President Donald Trump said his second summit with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, would take place here. That announcement was barely three weeks ago.

At the time, much of this country was shut down, as is customary during the holiday, Tet. Officials were home visiting family, most restaurants and shops were closed, and city streets were quiet.

With little warning, that had to change. Vietnam is not unaccustomed to high-profile

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