Vietnamese, Japanese PMs hold talks in Tokyo
Updated : Tuesday, October 09, 2018 11:31 AM (GMT+0700)

VietnamesePrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe hadtalks in Tokyo on October 8, reaching consensus on various measures to bringthe countries’ extensive strategic partnership to a new stage of morecomprehensive and substantive development.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo
Abe at their talks in Tokyo on October 8 - Photo: VNA

The Vietnamese leader is ona trip to attend the 10th Mekong – Japan Summit and visit theNortheast Asian nation.

At the talks, the two sidesapplauded the substantive expansion of the countries’ friendship andcooperation in all aspects like economy, politics, security – defence,agriculture and human resources training. They welcomed the numerous activitiesheld to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the bilateral diplomaticties this year.

PM Phuc congratulated Abe onbeing re-elected President of the Liberal Democratic Party, expressing hisbelief that under the leadership of PM Abe, Japan will play an increasinglyimportant role in the region and the world, and the countries’ relations willbe reinforced even more strongly.

On behalf of the JapaneseGovernment and people, the host offered the deepest condolences on the passingof former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Do Muoi andPresident Tran Dai Quang. He spoke highly of the two’s contributions tobilateral connections.

At the event, the PMs agreedto continue to enhance political trust by maintaining high-level visits andmeetings, and promote substantive defence – security cooperation, particularlyin training manpower, transferring defence technology and equipment, militarymedicine, cyber security, joining United Nations peacekeeping missions,addressing war consequences through clearing unexploded ordnance and supportingdioxin victims in Vietnam, and sharing experience in building policies onsustainable sea-based economic development in Vietnam.

They agreed to push aheadwith the countries’ economic connectivity in a mutually beneficial manner.Vietnam and Japan will step up partnerships in supporting industries, energy,hi-tech agriculture and high-quality infrastructure. They will createconditions for their fruits, including oranges and apples of Japan and lychees,longans and star apples of Vietnam, to enter each other’s markets. 

The leaders also discussedways to accelerate some ongoing projects.

PM Abe said the JapaneseGovernment attaches importance to the sustainable development of Vietnam andwill make efforts to promote this through ODA and investment projects ofJapanese businesses. His country will further assist the Southeast Asian nationin e-Government building, administrative reforms and labour productivityimprovement, thereby helping Vietnam create a favourable investment climate toattract more direct investment from Japan.

Japan will also supportVietnam to improve medical workers’ capacity within the framework of the AsiaHealth Initiative, he added.

The PMs welcomed the twocountries’ launch of negotiations on a mutual legal assistance agreement oncriminal matters and another on the transfer of convicts.

They also agreed to fostercollaboration in health care, education and labour, noting that Japan is readyto receive more Vietnamese practitioners. PM Phuc asked Japan to considerexempting income and residence taxes on Vietnamese practitioners and createmore favourable conditions for granting visas for tourists from Vietnam.

Regarding regional andinternational issues, the leaders pledged cooperation to ensure the success ofthe 10th Mekong – Japan Summit and promote ASEAN – Japan relationswhen Vietnam serves as the coordinator of ASEAN – Japan ties for 2018 – 2021.

They affirmed the resolve topush the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership(CPTPP) into force at an early date and to step up talks on the RegionalComprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

At the talks, they alsoexchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and other issues ofshared concern, voicing the support for relevant parties’ efforts to promotepeace, stability and denuclearisation in this peninsula.

As for the East Sea issue,PMs Phuc and Abe reiterated the importance of ensuring security and safety ofnavigation and aviation, solving all disputes and differences by peaceful meanson the basis of international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Lawof the Sea, fully and effectively implementing the Declaration of the Conductof Parties in the East Sea, and soon finalising a substantive, effective andlegally binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea.


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