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Strengthening the Viet Nam-Japan Strategic Partnership
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomes Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: VNA

It was the first time Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Japan in his capacity as Prime Minister and was the first high-ranking leader of Viet Nam to visit Japan after the 12th National Party Congress. This demonstrates the growing relationship between the two countries.

The welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was solemnly held at Japanese Prime Minister Office under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with the band playing Vietnamese and Japanese National Anthems and the two leaders reviewing Japanese guards of honors.

Immediately after the welcoming ceremony, the two sides held talks in an atmosphere of friendship, mutual trust and understanding. They expressed their delight at the strong and substantive developments in bilateral cooperation over the past years, especially in the economy, agriculture and exchanges between localities.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc thanked the Government of Japan for their warm welcome, and congratulated Japan for successfully hosting the G7 Summit and the expanded G7 Summit. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc maintained that the results achieved at the G7 meeting were of practical significance for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed Viet Nam’s consistent policy of regarding Japan as a leading and long-term partner.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on his new post as the head of the Government of Viet Nam, thanking Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for attending the expanded G7 Summit and highly appreciating Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s speech at the conference. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed to attach importance to relations with Viet Nam, and to continue close cooperation to comprehensively develop and promote Viet Nam-Japan relations.

The two leaders reached high consensus on major orientations and specific measures to comprehensively, substantively and more effectively develop the Viet Nam-Japan extensive strategic partnership in the coming time. Concretely:

The Prime Ministers agreed to increase political trust through regular exchanges of visits and high-level contacts, increase of contacts on the sidelines of international conferences, improvement of the efficiency of the dialogue mechanism between the two countries. The two sides agreed to increase security and defense cooperation, close cooperation in peacekeeping operations of the United Nations and in dealing with aftermath of war.

Both sides also agreed to seek specific measures to promote connectivity between the two economies in terms of economic strategies, production resources and human resources via investment and trade cooperation and official development assistance (ODA).

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that Japan would continue offering ODA for Viet Nam’s infrastructure development and climate change response and would work closely with Viet Nam in implementing an initiative on boosting Japan-Mekong links and a US$110 billion credit plan to develop high-quality infrastructure in Asia.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called for Japan supports to Viet Nam’s access to the preferential loans from international financial institutions, including preferential loans from the World Bank’s International Development Association after 2017.

The two sides agreed to cooperate in promoting Japanese investment in Viet Nam through the deployment of Phase VI of the Joint Viet Nam-Japan Initiative in 2016, confirming close cooperation in implementing the Strategy on Industrialization of Viet Nam in the framework of Viet Nam-Japan cooperation to 2020, and Vision 2030, and accelerate the implementation of major projects on infrastructure, including the North-South Highway and Ninh Thuan 2 Nuclear Power Plant.

The two sides exchanged views on measures to promote the cooperation in trade and hi-tech agriculture, and create conditions for each other’s agricultural products to enter the other’s market.

The two sides also reached consensus on enhancing cooperation in health, the training of human resources and Japan’s reception of Vietnamese trainees, while continuing to implement the Vietnam-Japan University project as well as boosting tourism and people-to-people exchanges.

Concerning climate change, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced non-refundable aid worth 300 million JPY (US$2.5 million) to assist Viet Nam in dealing with drought and salt water intrusion. He affirmed Japan would cooperate with Viet Nam to seek medium and long term solutions to those problems, confirming that Japan was ready to provide official development assistance capital to build dams and reservoirs based on specific requests from Vietnam. In the immediate future, Japan would send JICA’s experts to conduct surveys under the Water Management Project in Ben Tre province.

Discussing international and regional issues of common concern, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirmed that Japan would coordinate with Viet Nam in the preparation for APEC Year in 2017. The two sides shared the international community’s deep concerns on the East Sea situation in recent time, particularly the large-scale artificial island build-up.

They agreed on the importance of ensuring peace, security, safety and freedom of maritime and aviation in the East Sea. The relevant sides should not take actions changing the status quo or further complicating and expanding disputes and militarizing the East Sea, the two Prime Ministers said, stressing that disputes should be solved via peaceful measures on the basis of respect for diplomatic and legal procedures, full observance of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) while striving for the early formation of a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea.

After the talks, the two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of five cooperation documents, of which four are ODA loans worth a total of 166 billion JPY (US$1.5 billion) including the urban railway No.1 in HCM City, the Thai Binh Thermoelectricity Plant and transmission lines of 54,982 billion JPY (US$500 million), the second phase of HCM City’s Water Environment Improvement work for the third loan of 20,967 billion JPY (US$191 million USD), and the No 1 Ho Chi Minh Urban Railway, Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien route with the third loans of 90,175 billion JPY (US$ 820 million). The fifth document is a stock purchase agreement between Vietnam Airlines and Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc.

The two leaders then met with the media on the outcomes of their talks.

Within the framework of the visit, Prime Minister nguyen Xuan Phúc received officials from some of Japan’s organizations and businesses including Chairman of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Shinichi Kitaoka, Honorary Chairman of the Mitsubishi Group Kojima Yorihiko, and Governor of Aichi Prefecture Hideaki Omura. He also visited a Yokoyama farm in Aichi Prefecture.

The visit to Japan by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc successfully concluded, affirming that the Viet Nam-Japan 43 year’s relationship has made outstanding, comprehensive and profound development.

Synthetized by Phuong Tra