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VN sees ties with Japan as key priority

Update: October, 10/2014 - 08:55
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) meets with Yamazaki Masaaki, president of the House of Councillors in Tokyo. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Thang
TOKYO (VNS) — Viet Nam has always viewed its comprehensive relationship with Japan as one of the top priorities of its foreign relations policy, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said yesterday.

The Deputy Prime Minister made this remark during meetings with Yamazaki Masaaki, president of the House of Councillors, and Ibuki Bunmei, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan, as part of his working visit here.

He affirmed that the relationship between two countries has made robust progress, as shown by the Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia that was upgraded since last March.

The Deputy Prime Minister expressed hopes that the two sides would enhance co-operation at international and regional forums and proposed that Japan support Viet Nam's standpoint in safeguarding peace, stability, safety and security at sea and dealing with conflicts using peaceful measures based on international law.

He suggested that the Japanese Congress support its Government in maintaining and enhancing Official Development Assistance (ODA) for Viet Nam, focusing on areas such as infrastructure, competitiveness enhancement and administrative reform, as well as climate change response and poverty reduction.

At the meetings, he conveyed the invitation of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung for the two Japanese legislative leaders to attend the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) in Viet Nam in March 2015.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) meets Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan, Ibuki Bunmei in Tokyo. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Thang

The Japanese leaders agreed that the two countries needed to step up co-operation in economics, trade and investment as well as people-to-people exchanges, to further promote mutual understanding for the development and prosperity of the two countries in particular and the Asia-Pacific region in general.

Masaaki vowed to work on speeding up the policy to provide more ODA for Viet Nam in the future.

The Japanese leader also stressed the need for all nations in the region to abide by international law and refrain from using force to alter the status quo.

At his meeting with Yuko Obuchi, the Japanese economic, trade and industry minister, Phuc said he expected the two nations to work together with a view to doubling bilateral trade turnover by 2020.

He proposed that Japan encourage its small and medium enterprises to invest in Viet Nam and promote co-operation in the oil and gas industry during the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations.

For his part, Obuchi urged both countries to continue implementing the Viet Nam-Japan Joint Initiative to improve the investment environment in Viet Nam.

She revealed that Japanese businesses were interested in the automobile and spare parts industry in the Southeast Asian country and wished to work with Vietnamese enterprises in making an action plan for this field.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) meets Chief Justice Itsuro Terada of Japan's Supreme Court in Tokyo. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Thang

Also yesterday, Phuc met Chief Justice Itsuro Terada of Japan's Supreme Court and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima, and expressed pleasure over growing legal and judicial co-operation between the two countries, including the strong link between their respective supreme courts.

Terada said the Supreme Court of Japan was keen on further fostering co-operation with its Vietnamese counterpart, as well as establishing partnership in personnel training and sharing experiences.

In his meeting with Matsushima, Phuc thanked Japan for supporting the training of legal officers and lawyers. Matsushima vowed that Japan would continue helping Viet Nam in personnel training for the legal sector and revealed that her country was considering Viet Nam's proposal for negotiations on a mutual legal support agreement.

At a meeting with Toshihiro Nikai, Chairman of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians Alliance on the same day, Phuc said he hoped Japanese congressmen would come up with more initiatives to bolster friendship and partnership between the legislative bodies of both countries. — VNS

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