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US-DPRK Summit 2019: Japanese media highlight Vietnam’s role in hosting DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit

A number of Japanese newspapers ran articles featuring Vietnam’s role and status as the host of the  second summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the US in Hanoi, as well as the relations between Vietnam and the US and DPRK.

In their coverage, both Nikkei Asian Review and Japan Today websites quoted US President Donald Trump as saying on his Twitter: "Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize."

Meanwhile, in its highlight column, Japanese Sankei website said that with its unbiased stand, the hosting of the summit by Vietnam has affirmed that the country wishes to contribute to peace and stability of the world.

Sankei’s article also underlined Vietnam’s effort to strengthen relations with its neighbours as well as developed countries, including the US and Japan, aiming to contribute to the national economic development and security.

Noting that Vietnam issued a special stamp set welcoming the DPRK–USA Hanoi Summit Vietnam, the newspaper said it depicts Vietnam’s national flag and the hand-shaking between the leaders of the US and the DPRK with the image of Khue Van Cac (the Pavillion of Constellation of Literature) on the background. The stamp is used in the postal network until December, 2020.

Referring to the Vietnam – US relations, Sankei said Vietnam’s two low-cost carriers VietJet and Bamboo airways had inked deals to buy 110 US’s Boeing airplanes, worth 15 billion USD. The newspaper noted that US President Trump gave positive comments on Vietnam after witnessing the signing of the deals.

At the same time, Japan’s broadcasting company NHK also featured Vietnam’s VietJet and Bamboo airways buying US’s Boeing airplanes. The NHK said Vietnamese Party and State leader Nguyen Phu Trong and US President Donald Trump had talks ahead of the summit, in which the latter mentioned Vietnamese enterprises signed several deals to buy US’s airplanes and machines. It noted the US leader expressed his delight at the deals between Vietnam and US’s businesses.

According NHK, US President Trump spoke highly of Vietnam’s role in hosting the second DPRK-US Summit and expressed his thanks to Vietnam’s two airways for buying a large number of US’s airplanes.

Meanwhile, the Japanese Nikkei newspaper described the hosting of the summit as a good chance for Vietnam to promote its tourism as the event drew over 3,000 foreign journalists.

Regarding the Vietnam – DPRK relations, Nikkei said DPRK leader Kim was following his late grandfather Kim Il-sung who made visits to Vietnam in 1958 and 1964.

It also underlined Vietnamese media’s coverage of milestones in the Vietnam – DPRK relations over the past years.