Vietnam, Japan agree to advance extensive strategic partnership
Updated : Tuesday, October 09, 2018 11:32 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamand Japan will closely cooperate with each other to bring forward theirextensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia into a newperiod of more comprehensive and pragmatic development, said Prime MinisterNguyen Xuan Phuc. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
speak at a press conference following their talks  - Photo: VNA

At a joint press conferencefollowing his talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 8, theVietnamese government leader said that the two sides also agreed to enhancepolitical trust through regular high-level visits and meetings, utilize dialoguemechanisms and step up result-oriented cooperation in national defence andsecurity, as well as people-to-people exchange. 

They will continue toreinforce economic links, promote Japanese investment in Vietnam, intensifycollaboration in major projects on infrastructure, high-quality personneltraining, climate change response and Vietnam’s industrialization strategy, andfurther their coordination in using Japan’s official development assistance(ODA) and preferential loans effectively. 

At the same time, the twosides will strengthen their affiliation in administrative reform, e-Governmentbuilding and productivity improvement, along with other spheres likehigh-quality agriculture, environment, education-training, culture, tourism,health care, sports, firefighting and people-to-people exchange. 

They pledged to join handsfor the success of the Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting and to promote theASEAN-Japan relations as Vietnam is working as coordinator of the ASEAN-JapanDialogue for 2018-2021. 

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc saidVietnam has approved the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement forTrans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and Vietnam and Japan are pushing ahead withthe Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 

Vietnam welcomes and backsJapan’s efforts and initiatives to ensure prosperity, free trade and navigationsafety in the Indo-Pacific region on the basis of the UN Charter andinternational law, and respect for independence and sovereignty of countries,for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the worldalike, he said. 

Vietnam attaches importanceto the prestige and role of Japan in the present situation, the leaderstressed. 

Regarding the East Seaissue, PM Phuc said Vietnam and Japan reiterated the significance of ensuringpeace, security, safety and freedom of aviation and navigation in the area, andnot using or threatening to use force. 

They showed their supportfor the settlement of disputes by peaceful measures on the basis ofinternational law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea(UNCLOS) and respect for diplomatic and legal processes. 

Both sides highlighted theneed to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct ofParties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon finalise an effective and legallybinding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), the PM said. 

He used the occasion toexpress sympathy to Japan over huge losses caused by Trami stormrecently. 

Speaking at the pressconference, PM Shinzo Abe extended his deep condolences over the passing ofPresident Tran Dai Quang and former General Secretary of the Communist Party ofVietnam Central Committee Do Muoi. 

He said Vietnam’ssustainable development plays an important role in peace and prosperity in the Mekongregion, pledging that Japan will continue its strong support for Vietnam inhigh-quality infrastructure building, administrative reform, industrialdevelopment, productivity improvement and energy. 

The host informed that in2019 when Vietnam and Japan hold the Japan-Mekong Exchange Year, Japan willfurther expand people-to-people exchange between the two countries. 

Japan will continue tointensify personnel training cooperation with Vietnam via the Asia Health andWell-being Initiative and the Japanese language education initiative, hepromised. 

The two sides concurred totake measures to prevent and handle companies engaging in illegal sending andreception of Vietnamese guest workers. 

Given the wide spread ofprotectionism, Vietnam and Japan will continue to send out messages of tradeliberation promotion, and equal and free investment through the CPTPP andRCEP. 

PM Shinzo Abe said he willclosely partner with PM Phuc to contribute to the success of the ASEAN-JapanSummit Meeting, thus helping increase achievements of bilateralcooperation. 

Abe said he and hisVietnamese counterpart agreed to boost coordination in regional andinternational issues, including the Korean peninsula and East Sea issues. 

The leaders expressed theirresolve to deepen the bilateral ties, for peace and prosperity in the regionand the world at large. 

At the end of their talks,the two PMs witnessed the hand-over of cooperation documents betweenministries, agencies and businesses of the two countries. 

The documents include adiplomatic note of exchange on non-refundable aid to enhance capacity forVietnam’s Reference Testing and Agrifood Quality Consultancy Centre in order toensure food safety of agro-forestry-fishery products. 

There were also memoranda ofunderstanding (MoU) covering cooperation in maritime policy between theVietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Japan’s CabinetOffice, collaboration in trade and industry between the Vietnamese Ministry ofIndustry and Trade (MoIT) and Japan’s Wakayama prefecture, affiliation infirefighting between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and theJapanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, between the VietnamFootball Federation and the Japan Football Association, Vietnam-GermanyHospital and Kitahara Hospital of Japan, and the Vietnamese Ministry ofEducation and Training (MoET) and Mizuno Group of Japan on cooperation inphysical education at Vietnamese primary schools.

An agreement between theMoET and Japan’s National Police Agency, Ministries of Justice, ForeignAffairs, and Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on affairsrelating to overseas Vietnamese in Japan was also inked on the occasion.

They also witnessed thesigning of a BOT contract between the MoIT and Sumitomo Group and Van PhongPower Company Limited on the Van Phong 1 thermal power plant.


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