|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh shared his thoughts on the major trends deeply influencing Asia's development at the 21st International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo yesterday. — Photo VNA
TOKYO (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh shared his thoughts on the major trends deeply influencing Asia's development at the 21st International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo yesterday.
In his speech at the event, Ninh described Japan as an economic power crucial to Asia-Pacific's development and the strength of the ASEAN Community.
He praised Japan for increasing co-operation with Southeast Asian countries through ASEAN institutions, and important regional summits and forums.
He said their participation contributed to building trust, expanding comprehensive development co-operation, and effectively coping with traditional and non-traditional security challenges.
Japan is of special significance to Viet Nam as its top investor and trade partner, the Deputy PM said, adding that their bilateral strategic partnership was a manifestation of the deep trust that bound the two economies together.
During the conference, Singaporean Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong laid out a global perspective on Asia's development situation.
He said that the spotlight is focused on Asia on the global economic stage, and that the 21st century belongs to Asia.
He also discussed the challenges that lay ahead. Regional conflicts and territorial sovereignty disputes must be solved by concerned countries according to international law, and done in the spirit of finding common values for peace, stability and prosperity.
ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh and leaders from regional countries attended the conference co-hosted by the news group Nikkei and the Japan Centre for Economic Research. — VNS