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Japanese PM confirms continued assistance

Released at: 09:46, 17/01/2017

Japanese PM confirms continued assistance

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Importance of relationship expressed by visit, PM Shinzo Abe tells press conference.

by Quoc Uy

Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on January 16 after meeting with Vietnamese leaders, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he always attaches much importance to the relationship with Vietnam.

“This was the reason I chose Vietnam as one of the Asian countries I visited during this trip,” he said.

He also affirmed Japan’s continued assistance to Vietnam’s economic development.

“For the long-term, Japan and Japanese businesses will continue to provide assistance for Vietnam’s economic development,” he said.

His government will pursue a foreign policy with a strong base in the Asia-Pacific region and a widening vision, adding that Japan and Vietnam are neighbors attached by a free sea, together with the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.

“The countries I visited during this time are important neighbors sharing an open and free sea, the Pacific Ocean, and share basic values with Japan and the principles of maritime security, safety and freedom,” he said.

During the visit, Japan pledged to provide patrol ships to Vietnam and the Philippines to improve maritime law enforcement.

Mr. Abe also expressed his support for the TPP.

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