Japan, Vietnam Improve Security Cooperation
The Japanese Defense Minister and his Vietnamese counterparthave agreed to boost cooperation in maritime security amid concern over China’s growing naval activities
Japan, Vietnam agree to beef up maritime security cooperation
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh agreed Monday to boost cooperation in maritime security amid concern over China’s growing naval activities, Japanese officials said.
During their talks in Hanoi, Onodera was quoted by the officials as telling the Vietnamese defense minister that the rule of law and dialogue are vital in settling issues to secure stability in the Asian region.
Amid China’s growing assertiveness at sea, Japan has been keen to strengthen ties with nations such as Vietnam, given that Japan is involved in a territorial row with China in the East China Sea and Vietnam is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.
Onodera, who is in Vietnam as part of a five-day trip from Sunday that will also take him to Thailand, met Thanh most recently late last month on the sidelines of a defense ministers’ meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their dialogue partners in Brunei.
Source: Global Post