Japan seen as top strategic partner of Vietnam

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Japan seen as top strategic partner of Vietnam

Vietnam considers Japan one of its top strategic partners while Japan wants to boost its strategic partnership with Vietnam, according to Vietnam News Agency.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida shared the view at the sixth meeting of the Vietnam-Japan Cooperation Committee, which they co-chaired, and at their talks in Hanoi last Friday.

The two sides agreed on measures to boost bilateral ties in a comprehensive, effective and sustainable manner in the future by maintaining regular exchanges of visits and meetings between the two countries’ senior leaders, promoting the role of existing dialogue mechanisms and intensifying connectivity between the two sides’ ministries and localities.

They reached a consensus on effectively implementing the agreements signed by high-level officials, particularly major infrastructure projects such as the North-South Highway, Lach Huyen port in Hai Phong City, and Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant.

Fumio Kishida said Japan still sees Vietnam as a leading partner in official development assistance (ODA). The Japanese Government maintains a high level of ODA for Vietnam to support growth, enhance competitiveness, improve market economy mechanism, train human resources and cope with natural disasters, he noted.

Minh expressed appreciation of the Japanese government’s commitment to maintaining its ODA at a high level for Vietnam, including the signing of a diplomatic note of exchange on a 500 million yen (US$4.86 million) grant to ensure maritime safety and a 353-million-yen grant for a human resources development scholarship program in 2014.

Minh reaffirmed the Vietnamese Government’s commitment to effectively use Japan’s ODA so as to further promote socio-economic development.

Fumio Kishida said Japan would continue assisting Vietnam to implement its Industrialization Strategy and the Vietnam-Japan Joint Initiative.

The two ministers agreed to intensify cooperation in regional and international issues of mutual concern. Vietnam welcomes Japan’s active and constructive contribution to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, Minh stated.

Both also shared the view that that parties concerned should settle disputes in the East Sea through peaceful dialogues on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, abiding by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and working towards the formation of a Code of Conduct.

During his Vietnam visit, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also met Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi last Friday.

Dung asked Japan to encourage more companies to come to Vietnam for business and said he wanted to see stronger bilateral trade between the two countries, suggesting Japan open its door wider for Vietnamese farm produce.

He promised Vietnam would create all possible favorable conditions for Japanese firms to do long-term and profitable business in the country.

The two sides should bolster their bilateral partnership in all fields, from politics and diplomacy to economics, trade, investment, tourism and development cooperation, he said, adding it is also Vietnam’s wish to step up partnership in culture, education and training, science and technology, people-to-people contacts, defense and security.

Dung also said Vietnam would work closely with the Japanese side to soon put into operation the Vietnam-Japan University as it is a new symbol for cooperation between the two countries.

He thanked Japan for providing Vietnam’s law enforcement forces with six ships to help strengthen their capacity. Kishida said his country would help Vietnam enhance its capacity of law enforcement at sea.

Discussing peace and stability in the region, including the East Sea, the Japanese Foreign Minister lauded Vietnam’s stance while affirming Japan’s commitment to maintaining peace, stability, freedom of navigation and maritime security and safety in the East Sea, considering it as a common responsibility and interest of the international community.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also had separate meetings with President Truong Tan Sang and Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Organization Commission To Huy Rua.

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