|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (left) meets with President of Japan's House of Councilors Yamazaki Masaaki at a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam will spare no effort in driving forward parliamentary co-operation with Japan, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told President of Japan's House of Councilors Yamazaki Masaaki at a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday.
The PM spoke positively of the talks between the Councilor President Masaaki and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, and expressed confidence that the guest's visit would nurture the countries' friendship.
He spoke hopefully of further cooperation in politics, external affairs, defence and at international forums.
The Japanese government and parliament are expected to continue to provide a high level of official development assistance (ODA) for Viet Nam's infrastructure development, he said, adding that increasing numbers of Vietnamese students in Japan would help sustain their relations.
The PM proposed that President Yamazaki Masaaki speed up the Vietnam-Japan University project so that operations begin in 2016.
Regarding East Sea issues, PM Dung reiterated Viet Nam's desire to join hands with the international community to resolve disputes in the East Sea via peaceful means and in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
President Yamazaki Masaaki thanked Viet Nam for its support during the 2011 earthquake.
He appreciated Viet Nam's vigorous growth in recent years, particularly in the field of infrastructure.
He confirmed he would make more effort to push the strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Japan forward.
Meeting with President
President of Japan's House of Councilors Yamazaki Masaaki pledged to make more contributions to the extensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Japan while meeting with President Truong Tan Sang in Ha Noi yesterday.
The upper house leader said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's selection of Viet Nam as the first leg of his overseas trips after taking office in 2013 affirmed Viet Nam's important role in Japan's diplomatic strategy and elevated the bilateral strategic partnership.
He also highlighted the State-level visit to Japan by President Truong Tan Sang in 2014 as a significant contribution to the growing co-operative relations between the two countries.
He noted that more than 100,000 Vietnamese studying and working in Japan, up 20 per cent over the past two years, were creating a new "Dong Du" movement. The movement, initiated by Phan Boi Chau in early 20th century, encouraged hundreds of Vietnamese students to study in Japan in hopes that they could help reform the country after their return.
Meanwhile, more and more Japanese tourists are spending their vacations in Viet Nam, he added.
President Masaaki said he was delighted by the strong growth of Viet Nam, especially the presence of infrastructure projects symbolising the friendship between the country and Japan, such as Nhat Tan Bridge and the road connecting with Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi.
In regard to the East Sea issues, the President said Japan objects to the use of or threat of force to change the status quo in the East Sea. Any disputes must be resolved by peaceful means and international law, he said, adding that Japan would continue to strengthen co-operation with Viet Nam in the maritime field.
President Sang thanked the Japanese parliament for condemning China's illegal placement of oil rig Haiyan Shiyou-981 in Viet Nam's sovereign waters.
The State leader appreciated that Japan provided official development assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam and injected foreign direct investment into the Southeast Asian country.
Particularly, scores of joint projects in education and training are receiving due attention from Japanese leaders, he said, adding that Viet Nam welcomes Japanese experts who came to transfer technology and increase export standards for Vietnamese farm produce.
Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong received Japanese House of Councilors President Yamazaki Masaaki on the same day. He praised the Japanese House of Councilors' contributions to the relationship between Viet Nam and Japan, and its support for the Japanese government's continued ODA for Viet Nam.
Trong said the Party and State of Viet Nam considered Japan one of its most important, long-term investors and wants to deepen their strategic partnership.
Masaaki praised the development of bilateral ties in recent years and said the Japanese House of Councilors prioritised co-operation with Viet Nam. The house also wanted to exchange experiences with Viet Nam's National Assembly in legislation and supervision.
Masaaki was also received by To Huy Rua, head of the Party Central Committee's organisation Commission and President of the Viet Nam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians' Group. — VNS