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Obama prods Vietnam on human rights, saying it's not a threat to stability

Mr Obama said "big nations should not bully small ones. Disputes should be resolved peacefully", in an apparent reference to China.

Ho Chi Minh City

US President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of the communist- run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi - a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes.

Mr Obama