President Bush Concludes Vietnam Visit

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hide captionU.S. President George W. Bush is embraced by a restaurant employee following dinner in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Nov. 19, 2006. Bush arrived in the former Saigon on the last leg of his visit to Vietnam before he heads to Indonesia to wrap up a tour of Asia.

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President Bush was warmly greeted Sunday by crowds of Vietnamese people, who lined an airport road to welcome him to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon.

President Bush traveled there after the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. The economic forum was dominated by political issues, particularly the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The 21-nation group concluded the summit with a verbal condemnation of North Korea's nuclear test Oct. 9, and a call for the reclusive nation to resume negotiations.

Host Debbie Elliott speaks with Don Gonyea and Michael Sullivan about what the president has achieved during his visit to Vietnam, and how the Vietnamese people have received him.

Mr. Bush will next visit Jakarta, Indonesia, where he is not as popular. Thousands of people have already begun protesting his visit.

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