15:49 (GMT +7) - Saturday 22/09/2018

EDITOR LETTER

   Vietnam and Japan celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations in September. Over the past 45 years, since September 21, 1973, and especially since the two countries established a strategic partnership in 2009 that was then upgraded to a “Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia” in 2014, the relationship has developed rapidly and comprehensively and been a “bright spot” in Vietnam's foreign policy.

   As Vietnam's largest ODA provider (at approximately $30 billion since 1990), second-largest investor (with nearly 4,000 projects and total committed capital of $55.4 billion), thitd-largest tourism partner (with 800,000 Japanese visitors coming to Vietnam in 2017), and fourth-latgest trade partner (with $33.5 billion in 2017), Japan has always been an important partner in economics, trade, and investment, making key contributions to our country’s socioeconomic development.

   Our Cover Story this month therefore focuses on the fruitful partnership between the two Asian nations, especially on Vietnam’s effective use of ODA loans provided by Japan and successful Japanese businesses in Vietnam.

   Such successes have undoubtedly contributed a great deal to further strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and Japan, which is now in a “golden age”, as Mr. Konaka Tetsuo, Chief Representative of JICA Vietnam Office, remarked.

   “Overcoming the ups and downs of history, the two sides have worked together to bring strong development relations in all fields and now are not only extensive strategic partners but also sincere friends,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh told a ceremony during the State visit to Japan in June by State President Tran Dai Quang.

   H.E. Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Ambassador of Vietnam to Japan, said in an interview with VET that the relationship and “Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia” between Vietnam and Japan is in its best stage of development at present and the potential for further development is enormous.

   We strongly believe that the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan will develop more firmly and rapidly as leaders from the two countries have always upheld mutual political trust.

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Professor Dao Nguyen Cat, Editor-in-chief

Mr Nguyen Quoc Uy, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Head of Department of International Publications

Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Ms. Ta Thu Trang, Managing Editor

Mr. John Harding, English language Editor

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