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Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio at the international press conference after their talks in Tokyo on November 27. (Photo: VNA)

President Vo Van Thuong on November 27 described the adoption of the joint statement on the elevation of the Vietnam - Japan relations to a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia and the World” as an important event ushering in a new chapter in the bilateral ties.

Co-chairing an international press conference together with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio right after their talks in Tokyo, the Vietnamese President, who is paying an official visit to the East Asian nation, said the two leaders reviewed the achievements and the strong, breakthrough, and comprehensive strides in the two countries’ friendship and cooperation over the last 50 years.

The adoption of the joint statement on the new partnership was an important event opening up a new chapter in the bilateral relations with practical, comprehensive, and effective development, thus meeting both sides’ interests and contributing to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world at large, he noted.

The two sides also agreed on major orientations for the Vietnam - Japan friendship and cooperation in the time ahead, including in politics, defence - security, economy, and new areas, he went on.

Both leaders welcomed Japanese official development assistance (ODA) loans for Vietnam possibly surpassing 100 billion JPY (671 million USD) in 2023, President Thuong said, viewing this as an important prerequisite for the two countries to maintain and bolster ODA cooperation in the years to come, with a focus on such fields as strategic infrastructure, digital transformation, green transition, climate change response, and health care.

He highly valued PM Kishida’s affirmation of Japan’s continued support for Vietnam’s industrialisation, modernisation, and development of an independent and self-reliant economy; Vietnam’s important role in the diversification of Japan’s supply chains; pledge to provide conditions for Vietnamese businesses to engage more deeply in global supply chains of Japanese firms; and support for the Southeast Asian country to realise commitments, including the target of net zero emissions by 2050.

The two sides also concurred in stepping up human resources connectivity, locality-to-locality cooperation, tourism links, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges, he went on.

President Thuong also underlined that at the talks, they affirmed the necessity to maintain a free and open international order with respect for international law, and that Vietnam and Japan will coordinate closely in issues of shared concern, including the East Sea issue, at international and regional forums.

They voiced support for ensuring security and safety of navigation and overflight, and resolving all disputes and differences by peaceful means on the basis of international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), according to the Vietnamese leader.

Mentioning the talks’ outcomes, PM Kishida said the two sides discussed orientations for the bilateral relations in the future and agreed to elevate the bilateral relationship.

He detailed some areas the two countries will promote cooperation in, including economy, noting that Vietnam is an indispensable partner of Japan during the implementation of the latter’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” initiative, and also an important base of Japan’s supply chains. The two sides will join hands to co-create future industries such as high technology and human resources training, he continued.

Considering the Vietnamese manpower as indispensable to Japan’s socio-economic development, the host leader said the two countries will expand exchanges between their young people and localities, along with cultural, sports and tourism ties.

Japan and Vietnam will also intensify cooperation at regional and international forums and work together to consolidate and maintain international order and freedom with adherence to law, the PM added.

Vietnamese President holds talks with Japanese Prime Minister

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio agreed to elevate Vietnam-Japan relations to a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia and the World” at their talks in Tokyo on November 27.

Reviewing the bilateral ties over the past 50 years, the two leaders noted with satisfaction the strong, comprehensive, and practical development of the relations across all areas, with high political trust and a strong connectivity in economy, human resources, and locality-to-locality bonds.

President Thuong, who is paying an official visit to Japan, held that the Vietnam - Japan relations form a role model of fruitful and sincere cooperation with great potential and prospects.

Based on that foundation, the two leaders agreed to elevate the Vietnam-Japan relations to the “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia and the World”.

Based on the framework of the new partnership, they exchanged in-depth opinions about the bilateral ties and agreed on major orientations and measures to intensify cooperation to open up a stage of stronger and more extensive development for the relations, meet both countries’ demand and common interests, and contribute to regional and global peace and stability.

The two leaders agreed to increase high-level exchanges and meetings on an annual basis via flexible forms and via party, state, government, and parliament channels; continue to effectively implement current bilateral dialogue mechanisms between the two countries’ ministries and sectors and step up the establishment of new cooperation mechanisms; and bolster practical and effective defence cooperation on the basis of the Joint Vision Statement on Vietnam - Japan Defence Cooperation.

They concurred in continuing to strengthen economic linkages between the two countries, boost cooperation to ensure economic security, and expand ties to such new aspects as innovation, technology transfer, digital transformation, and green transition.

PM Kishida affirmed continued support for Vietnam’s industrialisation, modernisation, and development of an independent and self-reliant economy that deeply engages in international integration, with the goal of becoming a developed country by 2045.

Emphasising that Japan views Vietnam as an important partner in the cooperation in guaranteeing supply chains and the most promising investment destination among member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the host leader suggested both sides to work together to improve the effectiveness of and tackle obstacles to accelerate cooperation projects using official development assistance (ODA) and foreign direct investment (FDI) from Japan in Vietnam.

President Thuong highly valued Japanese ODA’s contributions to Vietnam’s socio-economic development. He suggested Japan actively consider granting new-generation ODA loans for Vietnam with a focus on large-scale strategic infrastructure projects (road, railway, and energy infrastructure), digital transformation, climate change response, and health care.

He also called on Japan to promote its businesses’ large-scale investments in Vietnam and transfer of technology in technological areas, reinforce ties in high-quality agriculture, and create favourable conditions for Vietnam’s aquatic products and fruits to enter its market.

To enhance mutual understanding and trust between the two nations' people to help with the sustainable and long-term development of bilateral cooperation, the two leaders agreed to bolster connectivity in human resources, locality-to-locality cooperation, tourism links, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

President Thuong suggested the organisation of an annual locality-to-locality cooperation forum on a rotational basis.

He voiced his hope that Japan will continue assisting Vietnam to train high-quality human resources, relax entry procedures and soon grant e-visas and multi-entry visas for Vietnamese citizens with personal purposes, and work towards visa exemption for Vietnamese.

Amid fast and complex developments in the region and the world, both sides affirmed the continuation of close coordination in regional and international issues of common concern; active contribution to the maintenance of peace, stability, and development in the region and the world; and mutual support at multilateral forums and international and regional organisations such as the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), ASEAN, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

PM Kishida expressed his support for Vietnam to host the APEC Year 2027, and for Vietnam and other Asian countries to achieve the target of carbon neutrality by 2050.

President Thuong stated that Vietnam will actively cooperate and contribute to the success of the commemorative summit marking the 50th anniversary of ASEAN - Japan relations in December.

Following the talks, the two leaders adopted a joint statement on the elevation of the Vietnam-Japan relations to the “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia and the World”. They also witnessed the signing of some cooperation documents between ministries and sectors of the two countries./.VNA