Vietnamese, Japanese PMs hold talks, pledge to strengthen cooperation in defense and security and post-COVID recovery

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The two countries will work to effectively implement a new generation ODA loan program with flexible and preferential conditions as well as simplified procedures for the construction of strategic infrastructure, transport infrastructure, digital transformation, response to the climate change and health care.

They will speed up procedures so that Japan can declare the opening of its Vietnamese longan market in September this year while continuing to facilitate the export of Vietnamese pomelo, avocado and rambutan to Japan.

The Prime Ministers also agreed to increase cooperation to help Việt Nam participate more in regional and global supply chains, accelerate digital transformation and build a digital government, digital economy and a digital society and achieve its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

The two parties will continue their collaboration in the fields of security and defence, UN peacekeeping operations and settlements following the war in Việt Nam.

Prime Minister Chính called on Japan to help Việt Nam successfully achieve economic autonomy and independence, as well as deep international integration, and at the same time, to study and establish a common mechanism to assist Việt Nam’s industrialization and modernization efforts in service of the agreed five-year socio-economic development plan and ten-year socio-economic development strategy.

The two prime ministers also pledged to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges and tourism and coordinate the organization of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2023.

Exchanging views on regional and international issues, they agreed to coordinate closely in international and regional forums such as ASEAN, Mekong and the UN, and to respond to global challenges such as climate change and epidemics, as well as in the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Regarding the Ukrainian issue, Prime Minister Chính said that Việt Nam attaches particular importance to the humanitarian issue and announced that Việt Nam will provide $500,000 in aid to Ukraine through international humanitarian organizations. The decision was welcomed by Prime Minister Kishida.

On the question of the South China Sea (called the East Sea by Việt Nam), the two heads of government stressed the importance of ensuring the safety, security and freedom of air and maritime activities, and of settling the disputes and disputes by peaceful means, including full respect for diplomatic relations. and legal proceedings, no use of force and no threat of use of force, based on international law, in particular the United Nations Convention 1082 on the Law of the Sea. They also stressed the importance of the full, comprehensive and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the early completion of an effective and substantive code of conduct for parties in the South China Sea (COC) legally binding and consistent with international law.

At the end of the talks, the two Prime Ministers attended the exchange of 22 cooperation documents between ministries, agencies, localities and companies of the two countries.

They jointly chaired a press conference on the main results of their talks.

Prime Minister Kishida is paying an official visit to Hà Nội from April 30 to May 1. —VNS

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