22/01/2017 19:17 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam – Japan Boost Cooperation in Economy and Defense – Security

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid an official visit to Vietnam from January 16-17, 2017. At the talks with his Japanese counterpart, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed his guest as the first foreign high-ranking leader to visit Vietnam this year and reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of considering Japan its leading and long-term partner. Therefore, during the visit, the two countries determined to develop the Vietnam – Japan strategic partnership further in a comprehensive, practical and effective way in the near future. 
On the occasion, the two prime ministers consented to enhance practical collaboration in national defense-security, including bomb and mine clearance and improvement of law enforcement at sea.

Relating to economic collaboration, the two sides vowed to realise Vietnam’s industrialisation strategy within the framework of Vietnam-Japan cooperation until 2020 with a vision till 2030 and the sixth stage of the Japan-Vietnam joint initiative to improve Vietnam’s business climate, as well as continue major infrastructure projects such as the north-south highway in Vietnam and promote cooperation in high-tech agricultural sectors.

The Japanese side committed an additional 1.05 US billion dollars in ODA for Vietnam in the 2016 fiscal year in the fields of maritime security, climate change response, water drainage and waste treatment.

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a fruitful official visit to Vietnam on the threshold of the Lunar New Year in Vietnam. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the ceremony. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

On the occasion, the two nations reached important cooperation agreements in many fields. In the photo: The two leaders witness a ceremony to hand over the investment contract of the Vung Ang II thermal power plant. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

State President Tran Dai Quang receives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

6. National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan receives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: TrongDuc/VNA

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the Vietnam – Japan Business Forum. Photo: Danh Lam/VNA
The two sides underscored the importance of ensuring peace, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea, urging parties concerned to refrain from actions that cause tension and militarisation resulting in changing the status quo in the waters and promote the settlement of disputes by peaceful means.

The sides should fully respect diplomatic and legal processes, not to use force or threat to use force, seriously abide by international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), towards promptly reaching a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

During the visit, the two nations signed many valued cooperation documents in many fields, including climate change adaptation, maritime security, garment and textile, and thermal power./.

Japan remains the largest provider of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam. The country ranks second among 112 countries and territories worldwide investing in Vietnam. Japanese tourism ranks third and it is now the fourth largest trade partner of Vietnam. In 2016, Vietnam received two billion US dollars from Japanese business investment, increasing Japanese investment projects worth over 42 billion US dollars.