Vietnam makes efforts in enhancing ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership
Updated : Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:36 PM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamwill make efforts to enhance close cooperation with Japan and other nations inASEAN to upgrade ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership to a higher level, saidDeputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung at the 33rd ASEAN-JapanForum in Tokyo, Japan on June 13. 

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung at the 33rd ASEAN-Japan Forum in
Tokyo, Japan on June 13, 2018 - Photo: VNA

Speaking at the event, Mr.Dung hailed the role and contributions of Japan to the region, welcomingJapan’s commitments to supporting the central role of ASEAN, assisting inestablishing the ASEAN Community, developing sub-region, enhancing connections,narrowing development gap and training human resources. 

He stressed the need topromote close coordination in realizing decisions made by the high-rankingleaders and actively launching the Revised Implementation Plan of theVision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation through concrete andpractical projects.

Regardinginternational and regional issues, the Vietnamese Deputy Minister highlyappraised the recent progress in the Korean Peninsula, including theinter-Korean summits and the U.S.-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea summit,affirming Vietnam’s support for peace, stability and denuclearization of theKorean Peninsula.

He shared viewpoints onthe worrying developments in the East Sea, stressing that the relevant sidesmust exercise self-restraint, comply with international law and the 1982United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, notlaunch unilateral actions that complicate the situation or run counter tointernational law, thus ensuring a favorable environment forpeace and stability in the East Sea and the negotiation process ofthe Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Vietnam will work as acoordinator of ASEAN-Japan dialogue relations from August 2018 to August 2021,he added, affirming that the country will work closely with Japan and otherASEAN countries to bring their strategic partnership to a new height for thesake of the two sides as well as peace, security, stability and prosperityin the region and the world.

The annual deputyministerial forum, part of the ASEAN-Japan dialogue relations, is aimedat reviewing bilateral cooperation and discussing measures forenhancing their strategic partnership.

The ASEAN countries andJapan shared positive outcomes in their strategic partnership andcooperation through the implementation of the 2017 Revised Implementation Planof the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japans Friendship and Cooperation.

Japan is currently thefourth biggest trade partner and the second largest FDI investor of ASEAN.


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