Thursday, 17/8/2017
Deepening the relationship between Vietnam and Japan
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc review the guard of honor at the welcoming ceremony. Photo: VNA

During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc was received in audience by Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress of Japan, held a summit meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,and had meetings with other Japanese political and economic figures, attended and addressed the Vietnam Investment Conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In addition, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also visited some prefectures of the Kansai region of Japan.

At the talks and meetings, both sides noted with satisfaction the robust, comprehensive and substantive growth of the Vietnam-Japan relationship in all areas since its upgrade to the “Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia” in 2014. Bilateral economic, trade and investment ties have expanded significantly, helping to promote the connectivity between the two economies. Cooperation in the areas of defense and security, agriculture, science and technology, education and training, environment, climate change response, labor, construction, information, health, culture, tourism, sports and province-to-province and people-to-people exchanges have seen substantive progress.

Accordingly, both leaders reaffirmed their determination to foster the Vietnam-Japan relationship in a comprehensive and extensive manner by further enhancing political trust, improving the cooperation mechanisms, promoting economic connectivity, strengthening human resources development cooperation, and cooperating closely on regional and international issues.

Concretely, on economic and trade cooperation, the two sides shared the intention to closely collaborate in strengthening connectivity between the two economies as stated in the 2015 “Joint Vision Statement on Vietnam-Japan Relations" with focus on linking their economic development strategies, production capacity and human resources on the mutually complimentary, mutually reinforcing and mutually beneficial basis and promote their bilateral trade cooperation, striving to realize the goal of doubling two-way trade and investment from 2014 till 2020.

Both sides agreed to maintain their close collaboration to make maximum use of the existing dialogue mechanisms such as the Vietnam-Japan Cooperation Committee, the Vietnam-Japan Joint Committee on Industrial, Trade and Energy Cooperation and the Vietnam-Japan Agricultural Cooperation Dialogue, as well as other ongoing dialogue mechanisms in ODA, investment, labor, science and technology, justice, environment, construction, among others.

Both leaders decided to promote cooperation for comprehensive development of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors in Vietnam, continue working closely to implement the “Vietnam-Japan Medium-Long Term Vision on Agricultural Cooperation," and organize the 4th Vietnam-Japan Agricultural Cooperation Dialogue as a high-level meeting in 2017.

Regarding cooperation in education and training, both sides agreed to up push cooperation on human resource development according to the initiative on industrial human resource development through the Japan-Vietnam University and the “Creative Asia Program.” Both sides shared the intention to enhance Japanese-language education, expand the Japanese education model, and to promote inter-university exchanges between the two countries.

Both sides agreed to work closely to step up their cultural, sports, tourism cooperation and people-to-people exchange through the co-organization of exchange activities to promote each country’s people, culture, and arts, and to promote mutual understanding of each other’s culture, tradition and history.

Both leaders shared the view that tourism cooperation in such areas as in enhancing destination marketing initiatives of each country, providing technical assistance and developing workforce skills should be promoted with a view to further encouraging two-way tourist exchanges, in a consistent manner with the Memorandum signed among the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the Japan Tourism Agency and the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). Both sides highly valued the recent developments in the cooperation among their localities as an effective channel for substantive cooperation that further deepened bilateral cooperation.

Sharing the desire to strengthen cooperation in defense and security areas, the two side agreed to maintain and enhance the efficiency of dialogue mechanisms, and to promote the exchange of delegations at various levels; enhance cooperation in responding to non-traditional security issues, including cyber-security, and in countering cyber-crimes, international terrorism and transnational crimes; continue legal and judicial cooperation by effective implementation of the existing programs and projects, and to proactively study the possibility of bilateral agreements on mutual legal assistance on criminal matters and on transfer of sentenced persons.

Towards the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations, both sides confirmed that they would coordinate closely to successfully organize activities commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations, and further strengthen people-to-people exchanges.

Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to step up their extensive collaboration and cooperation at regional and international forums such as the United Nations (UN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and other regional mechanisms such as the East Asia Summit (EAS), ASEAN+3 (APT), ASEAN-JAPAN, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+), the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF), among others, in order to make active and constructive contribution to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

The State visit to Japan of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc successfully ended, contributing to deepening the extensive Strategic Partnership between Vietnam and Japan in all fields.

Phuong Tra