Vietnam, Japan hold 6th defence policy dialogue
Updated : Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:36 AM (GMT+0700)

The6th Vietnam-Japan defence policy dialogue took place in Tokyo onJuly 4 under the chair of Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen.Nguyen Chi Vinh and Japanese Deputy Defence Minister Ro Manabe.

 
Vietnam and Japan hold the 6th defence policy dialogue in Tokyo on July 4 - Photo: VNA

Deputy Minister Manabeaffirmed that his country always attaches importance to Vietnam’s role in theregion, and it wants to enhance the two countries’ cooperation, including indefence.

Vinh said Vietnam and Japanshare many similarities and mutual trust and have cooperated in many fields.That cooperation will contribute to the maintenance of independence,sovereignty and development of each country as well as peace, stability andprosperity in the Asian-Pacific region, thus benefiting people of both nations.

He said the 6th defencepolicy dialogue was held in an important point of time which was after a Statevisit to Japan by President Tran Dai Quang in May 2018 and an official trip tothe country by Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich one month earlier.

This is a chance for the twosides to discuss measures to realise the common perceptions reached by thecountries’ leaders on enhancing defence cooperation, he noted.

The deputy ministers said onthe basis of the memorandum of understanding on bilateral defence cooperationand exchange signed in October 2011 by the Vietnamese and Japanese ministriesof defence and effective bilateral cooperation mechanisms, the two sides’cooperation has continued to make fruitful and substantive strides as seenthrough mutual visits at all levels, exchanges between their air and navalforces, personnel training, and participation in United Nations peacekeepingactivities.

However, these cooperationoutcomes have yet to match the two sides’ potential and expectation, they said.

Basing on the signedcooperation documents, especially the Joint Vision Statement on Japan-VietnamDefence Cooperation towards the next decade between the two defence ministriesinked last April, the officials agreed that stronger efforts will be made tostrengthen the defence ties and turn them into an important pillar in thecountries’ extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia.

The officials also concurredin increasing all-level delegation exchanges, promoting the quality of thedefence policy dialogue mechanism, and organising consultations between the twocountries’ naval, ground and air forces to boost result-oriented cooperationand mutual trust. They will also step up coordination and mutual support atdefence-security mechanisms and multilateral forums, while bolsteringcollaboration in military medicine, cyber security, defence industry, UNpeacekeeping activities, marine security, and search and rescue.

The Japanese Ministry ofDefence voiced its support for Vietnam’s efforts to address unexploded ordnanceand dioxin consequences left from the wartime, adding that it will soon carryout programmes to assist improving Vietnam’s capacity in this field. 

At the dialogue, theofficials exchanged views on world and regional issues of shared concern,agreeing that peace, cooperation and development is the common trend of allcountries at present, and that all disputes and disagreements need to beresolved through peaceful dialogue, on the basis on international law, andwithout using force or threatening to use force.

Also on July 4, DeputyMinister Vinh paid a courtesy call to Japanese Defence Minister ItsunoriOnodera.

During his visit, Vinh alsohad meetings with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Kazuyuki Nakane, DeputySecretary General of Japan’s National Security Secretariat NobukatsuKanehara, and Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)Ejima Shinya.

Source:VNA

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