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President Bush went to the Asia-Pacific Summit to shore up America's influence in Asia. We hear about North Korea, China and America's complex relationship with its former Communist enemy, Vietnam. Will a Democratic Congress approve a free trade deal Republicans rejected? Plus, a sentence in the Santa Monica Farmers' Market crash. Sara Terry guest hosts.

Producers:
Karen Radziner

Main Topic President Bush and the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, which ended yesterday in Hanoi, with the region's leaders all decked for a photo op in traditional "ao dai" robes. The meeting marked only the second time a US President has visited Vietnam since the end of the war there 31 years ago. Vietnam hoped to dazzle regional leaders, while President Bush came with a wish list of his own. While Vietnam is booming economically, what about its political and human rights reforms?  What is the state of relations between the US and Hanoi today? What progress did the President make towards liberalizing trade in the region? Does China now carry more weight in the region than the US?  Sara Terry guest hosts.  (An extended version of this program originally aired earlier today on To the Point.)

Guests:
Derek Mitchell, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
David Dapice, Professor of Economics at Tufts University
Greg Auberry, Representative of Catholic Relief Services in Vietnam
Andrew Lam, editor for New America Media

Guest Interview Driver in Farmers' Market Crash Sentenced to Probation

George Russell Weller, the elderly man who drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market three years ago, killing ten people, was sentenced today to five years' probation.  Weller will be 90 years old next month.

Guests:
Matt Krasnowski, LA Correspondent for Copley News Service

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