He praised Japan’s constant efforts to positively contribute to maintaining regional peace, stability, cooperation, and development; supporting the foundation of an ASEAN community; strengthening regional connectivity; narrowing development gaps; developing the Mekong Sub-Region; and promoting the sustainable use of water resources.
Concerning regional issues, PM Dung stressed the importance of maritime security in the East Sea, reiterating Vietnam’s shared belief all disputes should be settled peacefully in accordance with international legislation like the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
ASEAN and Japanese leaders took advantage of the opportunity to share their positive assessments of the vigorous development and tremendous achievements recorded during their 40-year history of cooperation.
ASEAN leaders echoed PM Dung’s praise for Japan’s active cooperation with and enthusiastic championing of the regional bloc’s ambitions.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said the five principles supporting his country’s foreign policy place great value on strengthening relations and cooperation with ASEAN in all fields and consolidating the organisation’s centrality to regional dynamics.
An Asian centre will be established to facilitate inter-ASEAN student, artist, and youth exchanges.
ASEAN and Japanese leaders approved a statement outlining their shared vision for ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation, initial plans to make that vision a reality, and joint ASEAN-Japan statement on regional and global issue cooperation.
ASEAN and Japan will expand their cooperation in managing and responding to natural disasters, preventing terrorism and transnational crime, and promoting trade and investment.
The meeting reviewed the results obtained in the implementation of the Tokyo Strategy 2012 and discussed cooperation orientations in the time ahead.
The leaders reiterated their commitments to strengthening regional connectivity by expanding economic corridors, improving the business and investment environment, developing the regional supply-demand chain and promoting public-private partnership (PPP).
They also agreed to boost cultural and arts exchanges, Japanese language education and healthcare cooperation,especially preventive medicine, infectious disease prevention, and technological application with the aim of deepening mutual understanding between Mekong regional nations and Japan.
PM Abe proposed revising Japan’s 57 priotized cooperation projects for the Mekong region.
In his address, PM Dung affirmed Vietnam’s commitments to Mekong-Japan cooperation and hailed what was achieved in the Tokyo Strategy 2012.
He also underlined the urgen regional cooperation in environmental protection and response to climate change towards the goal for long-term sustainable and steady development.
He also called for closer coordination to finalize the Mekong River Commission (MRC)’ studies on development and sustainable management of the river, including the impacts of mainstream hydropower projects.
The same day’s evening, PM Dung and other ASEAN leaders enjoyed a gala dinner hosted by PM Shinzo Abe.
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