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Vietnam & Japan agree to enhance mutual political trust

Released at: 11:20, 01/06/2018

Vietnam & Japan agree to enhance mutual political trust

At the talks (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam consistently considers Japan a leading, long-term partner, President Tran Dai Quang tells PM Shinzo Abe during their talks on May 31 in Tokyo.

by Long Van

During their talks in Tokyo on May 31, visiting State President Tran Dai Quang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reached consensus on major orientations and concrete measures to advance the two countries’ extensive strategic partnership in a more comprehensive, practical and efficient manner, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The two leaders noted with pleasure the pragmatic and rapid developments in the Vietnam-Japan relationship across all fields, with many similarities in strategic interests.

They agreed that 2018 will begin a new development phase of bilateral ties.

Prime Minister Abe described President Quang’s visit as a very important political event in the Vietnam-Japan relationship.

He said Japan highly regards Vietnam’s socioeconomic achievements as well as its increasingly important profile and role in the region and the world at large.

“Japan attaches great importance to Vietnam in its foreign policy,” the host emphasized.

President Quang affirmed: “Vietnam consistently considers Japan a leading, long-term partner.”

He appreciated Japan’s effective cooperation and support for Vietnam in various matters.

The two leaders consented to continue to enhance mutual political trust by maintaining high-level visits and meetings and intensifying cooperation and exchanges between the two parties and legislative bodies.

They also agreed to beef up economic links in the spirit of mutual benefit, increase Japan’s investments in Vietnam, and work together in major projects on high-quality infrastructure, energy, personnel training, and climate change response, as well as in implementing Vietnam’s industrialization strategy.

The two sides will work together in order to raise bilateral trade revenue and facilitate the entry of Vietnamese seafood and fruit like litchi and longan into the Japanese market.

Prime Minister Abe affirmed that Japan will continue supporting Vietnam in its socioeconomic development by providing official development assistance (ODA), strengthening cooperation in high-quality infrastructure projects, and committing to the provision of JPY16 billion ($142 million) in ODA for a project to enhance vocational training capacity in Vietnam.

President Quang hailed the contributions of Japanese ODA to Vietnam’s socioeconomic development and the improvement of the country’s competitiveness. He agreed that the two countries need to coordinate closely in using the resource.

Both sides concurred on fostering affiliations in security and defense as well as in implementing the declaration on joint vision in defense cooperation between the two countries.

They will bolster cooperation in various areas such as cyber security, defense equipment, military medicine, UN peacekeeping operations, the settlement of the consequences of war through landmine clearance and support for Agent Orange/dioxin victims in Vietnam, improve the capacity of law enforcement at sea, and share experience on maritime policy.

The leaders lauded the launch of negotiations for an agreement on mutual criminal legal support and another on transfer of sentenced persons.

Vietnam and Japan agreed to promote coordination in education, human resources training, agriculture, healthcare, labor, urban building and development, administrative reform, and partnership among localities.

Prime Minister Abe also pledged to assist Vietnam in the training of high-ranking officials and administrative reform, while continuing to receive apprentices from Vietnam.

The leaders affirmed that the two countries would coordinate closely in organizing activities celebrating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties, as well as promoting culture, sport and people-to-people exchanges, towards further deepening mutual trust and understanding between their people

They stressed that this is an important foundation for sustainable development of Vietnam-Japan relations in the future.

President Quang asserted Vietnam’s consistent policy of actively coordinating with international partners, contributing to maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.

The two sides agreed to enhance their coordination at global and regional forums on issues of common concern.

Talking about the Korean Peninsula issue, the leaders affirmed their support for efforts for peace, stability and denuclearization, and stressed the importance of resolving disagreements by diplomatic and peaceful means.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the two sides agreed on the importance of ensuring peace, security, navigation and aviation freedom and safety, and the peaceful settlement of disputes by peaceful means without the use of force or threat to use force, exercising self-restraint and avoiding any actions that would harm trust, and strictly abiding by international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

They also underlined the need to respect diplomatic and legal processes, fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and strive to reach a framework for a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in a practical and effective manner with legal effectiveness.

At the end of the talks, President Quang and Prime Minister Abe witnessed the signing of four documents between the two countries’ ministries and sectors.

The documents include a diplomatic note on non-refundable aid of JPY745 million ($6.77 million) for human resources development scholarships. a diplomatic note on non-refundable aid of JPY1.96 billion (equivalent to $17.8 million) for the upgrade of water drainage ditches in Ho Chi Minh City, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in land and water resource management, measurement, mapping, and information on geographical space, hydro-metrology and remote sensing between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the minutes on cooperation in urban construction and development in the 2018-2021 period between the Ministry of Construction and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


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