Vietnam, Japan fortify strategic partnership

by VTV430 May 2016 Last updated at 10:08 AM - On Saturday morning, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc concluded his visit to Japan. Although this was just a short visit, the messages conveyed throughout the trip were very important.

This was the first time Vietnam had been invited to the expanded G7 Summit, marking its enhanced role in global politics. In his speech at the Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed Vietnam's main issues. He called for more support in the management and protection of water resources, as well as climate change response, especially in the Mekong River delta region.

In the summit, the Prime Minister also shared concerns over threats to peace, stability, and freedom of navigation in the East Sea. He called on the parties involved to exercise restraint, settle disputes in line with international law, and strengthen trust and preventive diplomacy, working towards the early formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

After attending the expanded G7 Summit, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc officially started his visit to Japan. Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held talks in Tokyo on Saturday following a welcome ceremony for the Vietnamese PM. The two PMs reached high consensus on specific measures to develop the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Vietnam continues to consider Japan one of our leading and long-term strategic partners.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: Vietnam is an important strategic partner for Japan. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and I will continue to boost the cooperation between the two countries.

The two PMs agreed on measures to boost cooperation in the economic sector, including connecting production and human resources through investment, trading and ODA. The Japanese PM affirmed that Japan will continue providing Vietnam with ODA to help the country cope with climate change and develop its socio-economy and infrastructure.

The two PMs also agreed to reinforce defense and security cooperation, particularly in dealing with the aftermath of war and UN peacekeeping missions.

Besides cooperation in political, security, and economic fields, Japan will also support Vietnam in building the agricultural supply chain. PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc's visit to a clean agricultural production model in Nagoya province before his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could be a sign that cooperation in the agricultural sector will reach a new level./.

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