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Members of the honor guard prepare before arrival of French President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on September 6, 2016.   Holland is on a two day official visit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MINH HOANG / POOLMINH HOANG / POOL/AFP/Getty Images

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Members of the honour guard prepare before arrival of French President Francois Hollande at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi

US President Barack Obama waves as he disembarks from Air Force One at the Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24, 2016. Obama told communist Vietnam that basic human rights would not jeopardise its stability, in an impassioned appeal for the one-party state to abandon authoritarianism. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTCHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images

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US President Barack Obama waves as he disembarks from Air Force One at the Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City today.

epa05324583 US President Barack Obama (C-L) and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (C-R) review an honor guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. During the first day of his visit Obama announced that the US will lift its arms embargo on weapon sales to Vietnam.  EPA/MINH HOANG

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US President Barack Obama (C-L) and Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang (C-R) review an honor guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam 

A vendor sells vegetables along a street in downtown Hanoi, as Vietnamese prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year

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A vendor sells vegetables along a street in downtown Hanoi, as Vietnamese prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year

A worker erects decoration with images of the Vietnamese national flag and communist flag before the upcoming 12th national congress of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam on a street in Hanoi...A worker erects decoration with images of the Vietnamese national flag (L) and communist flag before the upcoming 12th national congress of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on a street in Hanoi January 4, 2016.

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A worker erects decoration with images of the Vietnamese national flag and communist flag before the upcoming 12th national congress of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam on a street in Hanoi 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, top, reviews an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. XiĆ­s visit to Vietnam on Thursday comes as the two communist countries seek to mend ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi. Xi’s visit to Vietnam on Thursday comes as the two communist countries seek to mend ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea 

An Indonesian mother tends to her daught...An Indonesian mother tends to her daughter as a preacher speaks during the Eid Al-Adha festival at the Al-Azhar mosque in Jakarta on September 24, 2015. Muslims across the world celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.  AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images

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A vendor carrying a large bunch of star-shaped lanterns meant for sale at the local traditional mid-autumn festival toy market, downtown Hanoi.

Mechanics work at roadside shop specialized in repairing motorbike suspension systems in downtown Hanoi

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Mechanics work at roadside shop specialized in repairing motorbike suspension systems in downtown Hanoi

Vietnamese female commissioned officers of the signal force march during a parade marking their 70th National Day at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi, Vietnam...Vietnamese female commissioned officers of the signal force march during a parade marking their 70th National Day at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi, Vietnam September 2, 2015

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Vietnamese female commissioned officers of the signal force march during a parade marking their 70th National Day at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi, Vietnam

Malaysia v Vietnam - Men's Singles - Vietnam's Tran Tuan Quynh in action

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Vietnam’s Tran Tuan Quynh in action during the Malaysia v Vietnam Men’s Singles match in Singapore

Soldiers dressed as Vietnam War era Vietcong soldiers march during a parade marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Thursday. On 30 April 1975, North Vietnamese troops poured into Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, for the final day of a two-decade conflict which had divided a nation, the end of the conflict coming two years after the United States withdrew its troops under the Paris Peace Accord

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Soldiers dressed as Vietnam War era Vietcong soldiers march during a parade marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Thursday

A snack and fruit vendor waits for customers near the advertisement board of a shopping mall and apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The country is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War on April 30.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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A snack and fruit vendor waits for customers near the advertisement board of a shopping mall and apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The country is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War on Thursday 

Students from a local college celebrate their graduation at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi on Tuesday. The temple is where Vietnam's oldest university was founded in the 11th century under the Ly Dynasty, and is popular with modern-day students who begin to flock in high school, hoping to boost their chances in annual nationwide examinations.

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Students from a local college celebrate their graduation at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. The temple is where Vietnam’s oldest university was founded in the 11th century under the Ly Dynasty

Women paint paper replicas of soldier's hats for the Vu Lan Festival at Dong Ho village, outside Hanoi. Vietnam is celebrating the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, also known as Vu Lan festival, where many Taoists and Buddhists believe that the living are supposed to please the ghosts by offering them food and burning paper effigies of homes, maids, and other daily items for spirits to use in the afterlife.

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Women paint paper replicas of soldier’s hats for the Vu Lan Festival at Dong Ho village, outside Hanoi. Vietnam is celebrating the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, also known as Vu Lan festival, where many Taoists and Buddhists believe that the living are supposed to please the ghosts by offering them food and burning paper effigies of homes, maids, and other daily items for spirits to use in the afterlife.

 A street vender walks at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, 10 April 2014. According to a report released by the World Bank recently, Vietnam's economic growth is predicted to rise of 5.5 percent in 2014.

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A street vendor walks with her goods in a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. According to a report released by the World Bank recently, Vietnam’s economic growth is predicted to rise of 5.5 percent in 2014.

Janicee Buco, wearing a pair of red high heels shoes speaks before a crowd as they join Vietnamese nationals in commemoration of the Vietnam-China border war in 1979, in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati's financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, 17 February 2014. Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rallied outside the Chinese Embassy to protest against China's alleged bullying over the Philippines and Vietnam territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Protesters aimed to support Manila in an ongoing stand-off with China. China claims most of the South China Sea and Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei have competing claims over it.

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Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rally outside the Chinese embassy in Makati’s financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, to protest against China’s behaviour in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Janicee Buco, wearing red shoes, addresses the crowd as they commemorate the 1979 Vietnam-China border war.

Vietnamese children cover their faces with Vietnamese and Russian flags while waiting for the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

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Vietnamese children cover their faces with Vietnamese and Russian flags while waiting for the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. 

Pupils walk with umbrellas on the first day of the new school year at the Nam Thanh Cong school in Hano...Pupils walk with umbrellas in the rain on the first day of the new school year at the Nam Thanh Cong school in Hanoi September 5, 2013. Schools in Vietnam reopened on Thursday, with around 22 million children heading back to classrooms after a three-month summer break, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Kham

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Students shield themselves from the rain on the first day of the new school year at Nam Thanh Cong school, in Hanoi. Schools in Vietnam reopened on Thursday, with about 22m children heading back to classrooms after a three-month summer break 

Families wait for released prisoners out...Families wait for released prisoners outside a gate at the Hoang Tien prison in Chi Linh district, northern province of Hai Duong on August 30, 2013. Vietnam will free more than 15,000 convicts to mark its independence day celebrations, the president's office said on August 29, in a major amnesty that excludes prominent political prisoners.

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Families wait for released prisoners outside the Hoang Tien prison in Chi Linh district in northern province of Hai Duong. Vietnam will free more than 15,000 convicts to mark its independence day celebrations. It is a major amnesty that excludes prominent political prisoners 

An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in Beijing...An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 19, 2013.

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An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.