Vietnam, Japan eager to promote stronger strategic partnership

At their talks on December 15, both PMs expressed their delight at the new steps of development in bilateral ties in various fields, saying that diverse activities in the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year to mark the 40

(VOV) – Prime Minster Nguyen Tan Dung and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have reached high consensus on orientations and specific measures to deepen the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership.
th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties have contributed to strengthening the friendship and mutual understanding.
PM Abe said Vietnam is regarded as Japan’s important partner and described PM Dung’s Japanese trip as an event of great significance to bilateral ties.

PM Dung affirmed Vietnam’s recognition of importance to and its desire to develop the strategic partnership with Japan comprehensively.

Host and guest agreed to maintain high-level exchange visits, effectively implement cooperation mechanisms and closely coordinate in carrying out cooperation projects.

They welcomed the establishment of a security dialogue mechanism and proposed action plans to realise agricultural cooperation including setting up a joint working group in this field.

PM Dung voiced his country’s willingness to facilitate Japanese investment by effectively implementing the Vietnam-Japan Joint Initiative and improving the investment environment in Vietnam.

He asked the Japanese side to support the implementation of underway Bac Dang bridge project.

PM Abe pledged to help Vietnam conduct its action plans for the six key industries in the industrialization development strategy within the Vietnam-Japan cooperation framework until 2020 with a vision for 2030.

Japan will scrutinize Vietnam’s proposals to help its farm produce penetrate the Japanese market, implement Vietnam-Japan hospital project and increase the reception of Vietnamese medical practitioners and orderlies.

Abe announced an official development assistance (ODA) amount worth US$1 billion for five Vietnamese projects in the second phase of the 2013 fiscal year and a climate change adaptation programme.

The two sides applauded the proposed establishment of a Vietnam-Japan University in Hanoi and consented to implement the project as soon as possible.

PM Dung also suggested studying the possibility of building a long-term education and training cooperation programme.

The two leaders compared notes on international and regional of mutual concern, and emphasized the importance of ensuring regional peace, stability and development including maintaining peace, security and maritime safety and freedom in line with international law.

They concurred to increase coordination at international forums and in international organizations to make positive contributions for the sake of peace, cooperation and prosperity in the region.

After the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of diplomatic notes for three projects valued at JPY54 billion in the first phase of the 2013 fiscal year, including building international terminal T2 of Noi Bai International Airport, expanding Da Nhim hydroelectric power plan and building a viaduct of Hanoi’s Mai Dich- Nam Thang Long road section.

PM Dung and his counterpart Abe also hosted a press briefing on the results of their talks.

PM Dung said the two sides agreed upon the importance of ensuring maritime security in the East Sea, in accordance with international legislation like the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).