Japan & Vietnam Agree Security Ties

Japan and Vietnam, both involved in territorial rows with China, ¬†agree to strengthen security ties on the first leg of Abe’s tour of Southeast Asia.

Japan, Vietnam agree to deepen economic, security ties
By Maya Kaneko

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung agreed Wednesday to deepen bilateral economic and security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, during talks on the first leg of Abe’s three-nation tour to Southeast Asia, his first overseas trip since reclaiming the premiership last month.

Abe pledged $500 million in fresh yen loan to Vietnam, which has been developing infrastructure with the help of Japan, and reaffirmed Tokyo’s assistance in the planned construction of a nuclear power plant, expressways, port facilities and the development of rare earth minerals in the Southeast Asian nation.

Japan and Vietnam, both involved in territorial rows with China, shared the view that all the disputes and problems in the region “should be solved through peaceful negotiations based on the international laws,” Dung said.

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Source: Kyodo.

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