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Japanese PM arrives in Vietnam

Released at: 16:00, 16/01/2017

Japanese PM arrives in Vietnam

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Japanese Emperor to pay first-ever visit to Vietnam later in the year.

by Quoc Uy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe have arrived in Hanoi, beginning a two-day visit to Vietnam from January 16 - 17, at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

This is the final leg of Mr. Abe’s first overseas trip in 2017, during which he also visited the Philippines, Australia, and Indonesia.

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported that “the visit reflects the importance that Japan attaches to the extensive strategic partnership between the two countries and reaffirms Vietnam’s view of Japan as a key partner in the long term.”

The two countries will work together to strengthen political trust and push for further cooperation in various fields, including economics, trade, investment, ODA, agriculture, education, and human resources, together with adaptation to climate change and national defense and security.

In an interview with Tokyo-based VNA correspondents, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan H.E. Nguyen Quoc Cuong described Mr. Abe’s visit as a good start to an eventful year in bilateral relations.

According to the Ambassador, one week after the visit, Vietnam will then welcome a delegation of 100 leading Japanese businesses, organized by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Japanese enterprises hold the Vietnamese Government’s efforts to build a constructive and action-oriented government in high regard, the Ambassador noted.

Reviewing Vietnam-Japan relations, he said 2016 was a year of effective and comprehensive development of bilateral ties, evidenced by increasingly strengthened political trust and high-level meetings as well as regular economic activities. 

Japan continued to pledge a large amount of ODA to Vietnam and boosted cooperation in new spheres such as support industries and high-quality agriculture, he said. 

Remarkable progress was seen in joint projects in science and technology, human resources development, and education and training. More than 20 delegations of Vietnamese leaders visited Japan last year while ten delegations from Japanese localities and enterprises visited Vietnam. 

He also revealed that the Japanese Emperor and Empress will pay their first-ever State visit to Vietnam this year.

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