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Vietnam & Japan agree to forge closer ties

Released at: 15:42, 11/11/2017

Vietnam & Japan agree to forge closer ties

President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse in a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) in Da Nang on Nov.10. Photo from apec2017.vn

State President and Japanese Prime Minister meet in Da Nang on November 10 and agree to work towards strengthening strategic partnership.

by Quang Huy

State President Tran Dai Quang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to work closely together to further develop the Vietnam-Japan intensive strategic partnership in the future.

At a November 10 meeting between the two leaders in Da Nang as part of the APEC Leaders’ Week, Prime Minister Abe said great importance is attached to Japan’s relationship with Vietnam in realizing policies in the region. He also expressed his condolences over the loss of life and property caused by Typhoon Damrey. 

He committed to providing official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam and encouraging more Japanese enterprises to join infrastructure and energy development projects in the country. 

President Quang thanked Japan for aiding storm-affected localities in the central region and expressed his pleasure at the growing intensive strategic partnership between the two countries, which features a high level of political trust and regular high-level exchanges. 

Over the past 25 years, Japanese ODA has contributed greatly to Vietnam’s multifaceted development, particularly infrastructure construction. Japan has provided Vietnam with a total of $27 billion in ODA to date, with 71 per cent having been disbursed. This makes the country Vietnam’s largest ODA donor.

President Quang added that Vietnam hopes to increase trade with Japan and hopes that Japan will soon permit the importation of Vietnamese fresh fruit and provide technical assistance for the country to enhance capacity in negotiating and implementing new-generation free trade agreements.

He affirmed that Japanese businesses’ investment in Vietnam in areas such as energy, high-tech agriculture, support industries, and the automobile industry’s development would be facilitated. 

Furthermore, he suggested that the two sides expand the partnership to healthcare, education, and labor, as well as law enforcement at sea and overcoming the aftermath of war, including efforts in treating dioxin at the US’s former Bien Hoa Airbase in southern Dong Nai province. 

The two leaders agreed to maintain high-level meetings and existing dialogue mechanisms and the sharing of viewpoints on regional and global issues of shared concern, including the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and the East Sea, as well as cooperating in ASEAN, APEC, and UN activities. 

They agreed to address disputes by peaceful measures in line with the international regulations, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, and fully respecting diplomatic and legal procedures.

Following the meeting, the two leaders witnessed a signing ceremony for cooperative documents worth $5 billion between the two countries’ ministries, agencies, and businesses. 

Relations between Vietnam and Japan are at their highest level since the two established diplomatic ties in 1973. The relationship was upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2009.

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